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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

Warrington 10 St Helens 22 match report: Saints find swagger to regain edge over old foes

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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Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

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JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge
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Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?

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Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

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"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker