Sport

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.

`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.

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.

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

METROPOLITAN

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.

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.

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.

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

I'll work with Labour, says Major's London organiser
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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable