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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

In February Iain Duncan Smith drafted in one of the Government’s most experienced trouble-shooters to take charge of the programme - which has now been delayed again

Not so Universal Credit: Government puts the brakes on trials of its controversial new benefits programme

Ministers tonight significantly scaled back plans to begin piloting their controversial universal credit programme next month amid fears that the scheme is behind schedule and facing major problems.

Phil Brown has taken over

Paul Sturrock 'politely declines' opportunity to lead Southend at Wembley

Manager was fired but offered chance to manage team for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final

Brian McDermott is glad Leeds Rhinos chilled out

The double postponement of Leeds’ Super League derby at Wakefield at the weekend could prove to be a blessing for the champions, according to their coach, Brian McDermott.

Phil Brown confirmed as new Southend manager

Brown enjoyed a spell as a Premier League manager with Hull

The shadow Health Secretary wants the Catholic Church to remember its commitment to social justice

Keep the faith, Andy Burnham tells NHS and Church

For this former altar boy, politics and religion are both about social justice

Wolves forwards close gap on leaders

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Widnes angry at Gareth Hock clause

Widnes coach Denis Betts has criticised Wigan for refusing to allow England forward Gareth Hock to play against them this weekend.

Shake-up at AstraZeneca sees drugs giant slash 700 UK jobs

Chancellor's constituency is hit as company closes R&D facility in Cheshire
The Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca to cut 700 UK jobs but invest £330m

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca is to cut 700 jobs in the UK over the next three years and invest £330 million.

Sarah Lamb in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Opera House, London

In The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a late switch of heroines makes less difference than you’d think. On opening night, Sarah Lamb stepped in for an indisposed Lauren Cuthbertson – a dancer who has suffered more than her share of illness, missing several high-profile performances in the past few months. Lamb is a perky Alice, but Christopher Wheeldon’s 2011 ballet is more about dazzling illusions than about his heroine.

Carlos Tevez

Manchester City footballer Carlos Tevez charged with driving whilst disqualified and without insurance

Footballer Carlos Tevez was charged today with driving while disqualified and without insurance, police said.

A delighted Danny Nightingale and his wife Sally leave the High Court

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale conviction for illegally possessing pistol and ammunition overturned

Soldier admitted illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition at a court martial

Osborne has been repeatedly described by Labour as a 'part-timer'

Labour's claims that George Osborne is a 'part-time Chancellor' hits home with his constituents

George Osborne's constituents want him to spend more time on the economy and less time working as a Conservative election strategist, according to a ComRes survey.

Carlos Tevez may still play against Barnsley

Carlos Tevez faces possible jail sentence after arrest for 'driving disqualified'

Manchester City striker may play against Barnsley in FA Cup while on bail after police 'tip-off'

Francis Meli, the St Helens wing, scored his side’s third try – from a forward pass

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St Helens made a mockery of their mediocre early-season form with the sort of performance they used to produce routinely against their neighbours.

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