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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

Warrington 28 Huddersfield 2

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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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine