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Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

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Victims blamed for child sex abuse as Oxford council chief faces calls to quit over exploitation ring

Deputy Children’s Commissioner says senior child protection figures said the issue was of the victims' own making

Excluding 'clowns': Ukip toughens checks on candidates ready for next year's European elections

Ukip candidates will for the first time face tough checks by party chiefs in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing publicity that dogged it throughout the local election campaign.

Puritan made: The drive to hard work powered the Thatcher and Blair eras

The Protestant work ethic: Heaven knows I'm miserable now

It really does exist, and as jobs disappear, grafters are having to rethink their work-life balance

Television choices: How to build a better future with Sellotape and science

TV pick of the week: Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special

Robert Snodgrass in action for Scotland against Wales

World Cup qualifiers: Serbia v Scotland match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s game in Novi Sad

School in Essex bans triangle shaped flapjacks after pupil is hurt

Catering staff at a secondary school in Essex have been banned from serving triangle shaped flapjacks after one was thrown at a pupil.

Search on for new head of Big Society millions

The hunt for a successor to Sir Ronald Cohen at the David Cameron-backed social investment bank got under way over the weekend.

Library book returned 69 years late due to damage caused during second world war

An elderly Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly because the library was damaged during a World War Two aerial bombing.

Horsemeat scandal: Recalled ready meals 'may still be on sale'

Ready meals containing horse DNA may still be on sale despite a product recall, trading standards officials have said.

This is an AAA disaster created by George Osborne

The Chancellor's incompetence is clear from the employment figures. Despite all the Coalition's claims to the contrary, young people in particular are suffering needlessly

Elderly woman 'died in agony' after being left without care in her home for nine days

An elderly woman who died after she was left without care in her own home for nine days must have been in "agony", a friend said today.

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, left, makes a point to his players

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Outstanding 'sin bin' school for troubled teenagers becomes pioneering academy

Headteacher will now be allowed to take greater control of policy on pupil admissions

£300,000 arch artwork to be demolished

A piece of public art which cost more than £300,000 to build five years ago is to be demolished.

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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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