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Someone’s about to make a Splash!

Penny Mordaunt MP speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, 2013

Tory MP Penny Mordaunt under fire after signing up to reality TV show Splash!

The MP for Portsmouth said she would donate her participation fee to charity

Diary: Diane's appetite for losing

While former future Labour leader Miliband (D) seems destined to grace a television screen near you in the not-too-distant future, I'm glad to note that his fellow leadership loser Diane Abbott – apparently still the honourable member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington – has also lost none of her appetite for the spotlight.

Law student Jessica Linley wins Miss England title

A law student from Nottingham faces a showdown with the world's most beautiful women after being crowned Miss England 2010 today.

X Factor hopeful thrown out of Miss GB

Eccentric X Factor hopeful Shirlena Johnson has been thrown out of this year's Miss Great Britain contest after organisers discovered her real age when they watched her TV audition.

Diary: England star to burger man

Peter Crouch's Pringles commercial is surely the least dignified of the current England team's advertising appearances. But we can safely laugh at the foibles of today's Premiership players – they have multimillion-pound sponsorship deals to mitigate the hurt of our mockery, after all. There's tragedy, however, in the tales of those former England stars reduced to selling unbecoming brands to supplement their dwindling memorabilia sales. Terry Venables sings for his supper to sell The Sun. John Barnes raps (again) for Mars. And, worst of all, we've learnt that Gordon Banks is promoting Gourmet Burger Kitchen's World Cup Menu by agreeing to let the burger chain rebrand itself as "Gordon Banks's Kitchen" for the duration of the tournament. Banks was the man between the sticks in 1966 when England lifted the World Cup, and perpetrated perhaps the finest save in football history (from the boot of Brazil legend Pelé in 1970, non-fans). Now he's flogging chunky fries. What are you doing, Gordon?

True glove story: Forget footballers, cage fighters are the latest pin-ups for ladies in search of a sporting hero

There comes a stage in every budding romance when a God-fearing Englishman must stiffen the sinews, summon up deep reserves of courage, and introduce his new girlfriend to that precious group of people who monopolise the lion's share of his waking hours: his workmates. For Alex Reid, the muscular former Hollyoaks star who has become embroiled in the real-life soap-opera of a relationship with recently-divorced headline magnet that is Katie Price, this always-tricky process will have represented a particularly daunting prospect.

The big kick-off for beginners

The Premier League, the planet's most lucrative and popular footie contest, is back, an inescapable part of national life. Here, for non-season ticket holders, partners of the obsessed, and budding anthropologists, David Randall presents our bluffer's guide

Surgery for Danielle Lloyd after club attack

Danielle Lloyd needed hospital surgery following a nightclub attack, her management said today.

'17 Again' stars take to the red carpet

Zac Efron at the premiere of his new film

Politicians lead tributes to 'courageous' Goody

Reality TV star dies peacefully in her sleep, aged 27, after losing her struggle against cervical cancer

Jade Goody diagnosed with cancer

Reality TV star Jade Goody has cancer, her spokesman said today. The news was broken to the 27-year-old mother-of-two while she was appearing in the Indian version of Big Brother.

Pandora: Servants of the people

While others around you lose their heads, what's the answer to 12 across? That was the question bugging fun-loving environment minister Phil Woolas, when a Pandora mole walked in to his office last week.

Brides, cameras, action ... it's matrimonial telly

When the daughter of former radio DJ and publishing millionaire Tony Prince got married, he saw a gap in the market for a TV channel devoted to weddings. Ian Burrell talks to him

Television Review of the year: Nice shows, shame about the phone-in scandals

'Blue Peter' fined 50,000 for fakery? Ouch. It can't have been much fun inside TV in 2007 but the view from my sofa was just dandy
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee