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Sarah Brown introduces 'my husband, my hero'

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Andrew Grice: Labour gets nasty

Ministers are getting personal in their attacks on the Tory leadership as they try to revive flagging Labour morale at the party's conference in Brighton.

Call for windfall tax on energy companies

A union leader will today renew the call for a windfall tax on "greedy" energy companies, arguing that Labour supporters expected the Government to take action.

Only Labour will protect public services, says Brown

The big dividing line at the coming general election will be between a Labour Party determined to protect frontline services and a Conservative Party seeking "blanket public spending costs" which would damage the economy, force people out of work and prolong the recession, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today.

Darling: 'Labour have got to come out fighting'

Alistair Darling castigated Labour for looking like it has lost "the will to live" and urged the party to mount a spirited fightback as the General Election approaches.

Miliband challenges Prime Minister to look to the future

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Melbourne pitches for new place in Super Rugby

The Australian Rugby Union has officially lodged an application from Melbourne to become the 15th Super Rugby team when the Sanzar competition expands in 2011.

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Gordon Brown has been dealt a double blow to his authority just days before the start of Labour’s crucial annual conference.

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