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This was the football week dominated by the men who never kicked a ball professionally and did not even manage a pub team but who presume to shape the future of the national sport. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they re-entered the woodwork?

Tories in frantic effort to restore Norris to shortlist

THE HOPES of Steven Norris of becoming Tory candidate for mayor of London hung in the balance last night amid frenetic attempts to restore him to the party's shortlist.

TORY MAYOR RACE: THE LETTER FROM EPPING FOREST

Dear Chairman... As you may know Steven Norris was Member of Parliament for Epping Forest from 1988 to 1997. We know him well. We all have strong reservations about his suitability to represent the Conservative Party in such a high-profile role. To select him as the candidate would give all the wrong messages and lead to further outbursts in the press.

`Blue-rinse coven' brings down the ex-minister with `a tabloid past'

DIANE COLLINS, the mother of the Tory party vice-chairman Tim Collins, was named yesterday as the leader of a Conservative women's "coven" that wreaked its brutal revenge on Steven Norris.

The Archer Affair: Car dealer Norris kept his political engine running in case of emergency

AS A maverick politician with a colourful private life, Steven Norris may appear at first sight to be the last person the Tories should choose to replace Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare as mayoral candidate.

Straw: Thieves are spoilt for choice

RISING CRIME could be blamed in part on people having more possessions worth stealing, the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has suggested.

Officer sacked after he made race protest

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality is backing the case of a white policeman who was offended by racist material said to have been shown to him by a senior colleague.

White policeman sacked after racist `joke' protest

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality is backing the case of a white policeman who was offended by racist material said to have been shown to him by a senior colleague.

How Britain voted: Council Election Results

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Speedway: The dirt flies in the Forest

The Anniversary: Modern speedway racing was merely a babe in the woods 71 years ago

Irritations of Modern Life 19: The Mountain Bike

BIKES USED to be sold by oily little men with rolled-up cigarettes behind their ears, and their shops had names like "W Earnshaw: Bikes". They sold thin, elegant machines with wide seats supported by admittedly not very springy springs, three gears or five at the most, saddle bags on the back or baskets on the front. One of the most vibrant colours that they came in was brown.

Sex at 16 victory for gays

GAY RIGHTS campaigners were celebrating last night as MPs voted overwhelmingly to lower the age of consent for homosexuals to 16.

MPs take a moral stand on gay sex

PLANS TO lower the age of homosexual consent to 16 would be unnatural and promote gay sex, Conservative MPs argued last night.

Hatched, armed and ready to bite

Southern Britain is enduring a temporary epidemic of mosquitoes, of which there are 32 species in the country, thanks to hot weather preceded by weeks of rain.

Devolution White Paper: Local hero stakes his claim

Oh, ye'll tack the high road, I'll tack the low road and Donald Dewar'll tack the middle road. And with any luck, in early 2000, it'll lead the Scottish Secretary and his grateful people to a brand new Scottish Parliament. Yesterday he was making history, as he introduced to the Commons his plans for getting there.

Giving up! Pink faces all round

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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