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Online gossip site asks readers to fund purchase of footage as controversial politician describes claims as 'ridiculous'

Beckett in the late 1970s, when he was head of Ford; the job brought him into conflict with Labour over pay awards

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Sir Terence Beckett, who has died at the age of 89, had a career which included six years as chairman of Ford in Britain and several years as director general of the CBI. But despite his successes, the industrial and political problems of Britain in the 1970s and 1980s prevented him from achieving as much as this model of a modern manager could have done a few years later. As he himself put it, "We have had an inheritance of inertia in this country which has been disguised by the industrial revolution, the empire and North Sea oil."

Car sales go up a gear, fuelling optimism over economic revival

An impressive jump in new car purchases last month has reinforced hopes that confidence is returning to the economy.

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Magnus Olsson has died in Spain after suffering a stroke at the age of 64

Sailing: Magnus Olsson dies in Spain, age 64

Magnus Olsson has died in Spain after suffering a stroke at the age of 64. He had previously survived two heart attacks, which are not thought to be connected to the stroke.

Severe delays after man dies in accident that blocks M25 in Surrey

A serious accident on Britain's busiest motorway led to severe rush-hour delays for drivers today.

American car industry has best month since 2007

American car manufacturers drew hordes of customers during March, with Chrysler and Ford reporting their strongest monthly sales performance since the US economy began a long period of contraction in 2007.

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MTV Buckwild star Shain Gandee found dead in car alongside uncle and another man

Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.

Stephen Donald

All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

Paula Radcliffe is helped up after pulling out of the women’s marathon at the Athens Olympics

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One more 10k is all she asks, one more crack. She is 39. It’s over

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The BBC leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards with five nominations for period drama Parade's End.

The ad was produced by Ford's Indian advertising agency JWT, provoked an outcry

Ford India apologises for advert showing Silvio Berlusconi driving car with three women bound and gagged in the boot

Advert causes outrage as critics accuse Ford India of undermining attempts to tackle violence following a spate of high-profile attacks on women

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