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Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, 53, has left hospital two months after suffering a stroke.

I wish our politicians would stop talking about reforming the NHS and just get on and do it

Notebook: Medics and members of parliament who support change are not getting their message out - as dismal attendance of a meeting in north west London testifies

Helen Grant: firm principles

Dr Helen Grant: Medical expert who warned about BSE

Helen Grant was a pugnacious fighter when it came to taking on the government and the boxing fraternity. She encountered opposition from both when she tried to warn of the dangers of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE, crossing over to humans from animals, and of the long-term damage caused to the brain by boxing.

Jeremy Laurance: Much-needed restructuring thwarted by vested interests

Almost 20 years ago, a government inquiry into London's health service, chaired by Sir Bernard Tomlinson, recommended the closure of four hospitals – Barts, Guy's or St Thomas's (he could not decide which), Charing Cross and the Middlesex – and that the money saved be used to improve GP and community services.

Top hospital to be closed as cash crisis engulfs NHS

Trust plans sale of land to developers in struggle to cut £100m debt

Lawes injury scare hits England trial

England manager Martin Johnson breathed a sigh of relief last night after Courtney Lawes was cleared of a serious neck injury.

US chain selling 'healthy' Mexican plans European expansion

The organic fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is set to conquer Europe with its brand of "healthy" food. It has hired the property agent Michael Peddar & Co to search for sites in London and the UK.

Pc to stand trial over G20 death

A Scotland Yard officer accused of killing Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests is to stand trial at the Old Bailey.

Foyles bucks bad news for booksellers with latest branch at Olympics site

If close observers of the bookselling trade had been asked to pick the likely survivors from among the plethora of small chains that have steadily disappeared from Britain's high streets it is unlikely that Foyles would have been at the top of anyone's lists.

Police accused of 'violent beating' of handcuffed terror suspect

Four police officers violently assaulted a terror suspect in front of his wife and continued to do so after he had been handcuffed and restrained, a court heard yesterday.

Police 'beat up' al-Qa'ida suspect

Four police officers beat and mocked a man suspected of being a terrorist who helped al-Qa'ida, a court heard today.

Five charged after royal wedding arrests

Police have charged five of the 55 people arrested in London during Friday's royal wedding celebrations, after Scotland Yard hailed the day as an "amazing success".

Safety fears follow Tube flooding

Rail union leaders today called for an urgent review of safety procedures after claiming that an internal report into a flooding incident at a Tube station in London showed it almost ended in "disaster".

Green wing: Emma Townshend meets volunteers at Charing Cross Hospital's restorative garden

"I find," says Maggie with a smile, "that I take more and more interest in worms." Maggie Brennan is a horticultural volunteer working in a garden at the edge of Charing Cross Hospital, west London, and she is sitting with me, taking a brief break on this sunny cold day, trying to explain just what it is about gardening that she loves. "When you're gardening, you can really be in the moment," she adds. "Not worrying about the past, and what you did then, or fretting about the future. Lots of people don't really live in the present at all. Gardening brings you right back to the present, and centres you there."

Foyles' flagship store moving 'up the road'

Foyles, the family-owned bookshop, is set to move its flagship London store up the road from its current site near Leicester Square in the West End.

Rail passengers urged to protest over fares

Rail passengers were urged today to take action in the fight for fairer train fares.

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