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END OF term means prize givings and, although today sees the final races in Skandia Life Cowes Week, some hashes were just about settled yesterday. The fleet of 900 boats was already depleted by those who were preparing for the Fastnet Race, which begins this evening, but Peter Ogden was in fine form, completing a double win in his Swan 60, Spirit of Jethou.

Sailing: Ogden breezes in for double

END OF term means prize givings and, although today sees the final races in Skandia Life Cowes Week, some hashes were just about settled yesterday. The fleet of 900 boats was already depleted by those who were preparing for the Fastnet Race, which begins this evening, but Peter Ogden was in fine form, completing a double win in his Swan 60, Spirit of Jethou.

Single Currency: Bullish Blair denies softening line on Britain's currency plans

TONY BLAIR came out fighting for the pro-European cause yesterday and insisted that he had not watered down his plans to take Britain into the single currency.

Whitelaw, the loyal lieutenant, dies at 81

LORD WHITELAW, the former Deputy Prime Minister and "sheet anchor" of Margaret Thatcher's government, has died aged 81, his family announced yesterday.

Action Replay: Golf: Jacklin wins historic US Open title

A famous sporting double was celebrated on 21 June, 1970. In Mexico City a majestic Brazilian team swept to victory in football's World Cup, beating Italy 4-1 in the final, while further north, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, British golfer Tony Jacklin surprised the world when he won the US Open Championship. This how the Daily Mirror's John Smith relayed the news of Jacklin's triumph.

Aitken is a bad lot but I have a soft spot for him

There is no intention to turn this column into a weekly edition of the sayings of William Whitelaw. But this Sunday it is relevant to recall another Willieism. It was at Brighton during a Conservative conference in the 1970s, with the party in opposition and Margaret Thatcher leader. The Labour government was being threatened by the miners. Edward Heath, beginning his Great Sulk, told the assembled Tories that they ought not to gloat. Afterwards Lord Whitelaw remarked to Mr Frank Johnson and myself: "Ted said we shouldn't gloat, wrong to gloat, mustn't do it, no, no, no. Well, I can tell you, I'm gloating like hell."

Hague's line attacked

WILLIAM HAGUE'S strategy for winning votes in the European elections by attacking European Commission fraud was criticised by Sir Edward Heath as being too Eurosceptic .

Hague told `win or you're out'

THE THREAT to William Hague as Tory leader grew last night as his party's whips launched a desperate attempt to head off moves by his MPs to sack him. Mr Hague has lost the support of leading figures on the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, whose executive committee has a crucial role in deciding his fate.

The Week In Westminster: So now we know, Lilley is for turning after all earns the wrath of Tory faithful

THE DEPUTY leader of the Conservative Party, Peter Lilley, has faced a barrage of almost universal criticism and ridicule from Tory backbenchers and several members of the Shadow Cabinet for his change of tone towards health and other public services.

Town with a heritage trail but no future Even of the off-licence can't get enough trade

IF YOU had followed the tourist board's heritage trail in Govan yesterday, you would have witnessed the end of an era. At site number 13 on the tour stood idle cranes as workers at the UK's biggest merchant shipyard contemplated its likely closure.

Obituary: Major Donald Henderson

MEN SUCH as Donald Henderson are always rightly referred to as bomb disposal experts - they have to be expert if they are to survive.

Parliament Standards: Rebuke for Heath over advisory fees

THE FORMER prime minister Sir Edward Heath received an official rebuke yesterday for failing to declare paid advisory posts on the register of members' interests.
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