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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.

Warning to editors on `racist reports'

POLICE are threatening to charge several newspaper editors with inciting racial hatred following inflammatory reports and comments on asylum-seekers arriving in Kent.

Cars may have to pay pounds 1 toll to use the M25

PLANS TO charge motorists at least pounds 1 a time to use the M25 are being considered by the Government as a part of its policy to cut congestion. The proposal to introduce pricing on Britain's busiest motorway emerged yesterday as one of several options for John Prescott's anti-pollution policy.

Romanians' bid for freedom ends in jail

"WE CAME for a better life," wept the small gypsy woman in the rough wool skirt and green headscarf. "We did not even know where we were going, but we were promised the life would be good."

Obituary: Les Lilley

A NAME virtually unknown outside the cartooning profession, Les Lilley was admired and respected within the art, not only for his work as a scriptwriter of literally thousands of strip cartoons and gags, but as a man who spent many years of his life endeavouring to promote that Cinderella of the comic arts in the public consciousness. Not only did he initiate the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain and chair it efficiently for many years, he became President of the Federation of European Cartoonists' Organisations, a thriving multi-cultural body representing humorous artists of many nationalities.

Judo: Bryant confirms her heavyweight talent to keep title

THE BRITISH heavyweight Karina Bryant proved that she is one of the country's greatest prospects by retaining her world junior title in Cali, Colombia, the first time that any Briton has won a world junior gold twice in a row.

Protection for rare birds' habitats

Protection for rare birds' habitats

Ebbsfleet, gateway to Europe

Fast track to Europe: Government finds extra pounds 140m for high-speed scheme and promises new services from north and Midlands

Racing: New racecourse planned for east of London

PLANS for a new racecourse to the east of London could be unveiled within weeks. Graham Parr, chief executive of Arena Leisure, owners of Lingfield and Folkestone, announced yesterday that his company is close to securing a site north of the Thames and close to the M25.

Sex and the single dancer

The perfect tango demands a powerful erotic chemistry, so when the stars of Tango Por Dos split up, their act foundered too.

Dance Review: Tasty morsels

Dance Bites Orchard Theatre

Government unveils list of 50 public sector PFI projects

The Government has identified 50 public sector projects with a capital value of pounds 5bn as priorities for completion under the Private Finance Initiative.

Two die as gales ravage Britain

Fierce gales caused chaos across Britain yesterday, causing widespread flooding, power cuts and bridge closures. Sports events and ferry services were also disrupted.

Music: Dartford: the suburb where no Stone was left unturned

Dartford is not a pretty place, but a generation ago it offered life-changing opportunities for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Andy Bull revisited their old stamping-ground.

Pub lottery syndicate pulls a double

A pub syndicate was yesterday toasting a mistake that netted them pounds 10.8m in the weekend's double roll-over lottery draw. The four men beat odds of 196 million to one to hit the jackpot twice after syndicate leader Kevin Papworth accidentally wrote down the same winning line twice.

Tarmac faces uphill task

Tarmac has been restructuring for most of the 1990s. Brick making went in 1995 and housebuilding was swapped for Wimpey's aggregrates and construction businesses in a pounds 600m deal last year. The results are now starting to come through in spades.
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

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Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
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Look what's mushrooming now!

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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

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Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin