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A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

Dartford toll increase 'unfair' says AA chief

Road users now facing increased toll charges at a busy Thames crossing have been “sold down the river”, an AA chief said today.

Teacher loses £5m claim for damages after being paralysed in welly-wanging accident

A teacher who was left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident on a school trip has lost his High Court claim for more than £5 million in damages.

Bluewater extension would make it nation's biggest

The Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, built in a former quarry, is about to become the UK's biggest.

July 31, 2012: Gemma Howell was controversially disqualified from her opening-round clash in the women's under-63kg against reigning world and European champion Gevrise Emane of France.

Judo: Great Britain's Gemma Howell disqualified from opening-round clash

Euan Burton offered no excuses after seeing his hopes of Olympic judo gold shattered with defeat to Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier in the men's under-81kgs at ExCeL.

Ashley McKenzie in action earlier today

Ashley McKenzie and Kelly Edwards bow out from Olympic judo dream

The clock in the ExCel Arena was coming up to 9.50am when Ashley McKenzie’s Olympics came to an end after just 4min10sec.

Simon Carr: David Cameron is much too nice to lead nasty party

He's not saying he's going to do anything – he wants a debate about it.

Corporate managers are being encouraged to unleash their inner air guitar and learn leadership skills from heavy metal luminaries at a seminar titled the Monsters of Rock'n'Roll Business

Rock stars re-form as business gurus (well, they can wield an axe...)

Corporate managers are being encouraged to unleash their inner air guitar and learn leadership skills from heavy metal luminaries at a seminar titled the Monsters of Rock'n'Roll Business.

Rabies mistake prompts hospital to launch an investigation

A hospital in Kent has launched an investigation into how a woman suffering from the deadly disease rabies was apparently turned away from its emergency department twice before her case was confirmed.

Four face jail for Belgian £1m gold bullion plot

A driver and three other men are facing prison sentences after admitting being involved in a plot to steal £1 million worth of gold and silver bullion.

La fille du regiment, Royal Opera House

Given that Ann Widdecombe spent her prime promoting Victorian attitudes to abortion and homosexuality, you could argue she has some atoning to do, and her self-reinvention certainly makes a start.

Woman, 53, 'killed by horse' in Kent

A woman is believed to have been killed by a stallion in a field close to a hospital.

Victoria Newton, left, and Sarah Brocklehurst are among those who will relive Chaucer's tales

Following Chaucer's footsteps, the Re-enactors' Tale

A new band of pilgrims will take to the Old Kent Road this week to relive The Canterbury Tales

Keith Richards has raised the bar with his landmark memoir Life

Keith Richards apologises to Mick Jagger for book offence

Keith Richards has apologised to bandmate Mick Jagger and admitted some parts of his autobiography Life "really offended" the singer.

Feeling down on your luck? Move to Romford

Romford in Essex is the luckiest place to live in the UK, according to research carried out by the National Lottery.

London Olympics police plans left on a train

Scotland Yard said security for the London Olympics had not been compromised after police documents were reportedly found on a train.

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