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Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Unite given deadline extension for declaring fuel tanker strike

Unite has been given an extension to a deadline for declaring strikes in the fuel tanker drivers dispute so that peace talks can continue.

For Pete's sake: 'He's not the biggest but he always had something about him, real spirit,' says Peter Nelson of According To Pete, 40-1 for the Grand National

According To Pete's in a paper chase

A racehorse owner who doubles up as a local newsagent could provide the story of this year's National

Laura Johnson leaves court with her mother, Lindsay, yesterday

Detective texted tycoon's daughter during her trial

A Scotland Yard detective is under investigation for allegedly sending "inappropriate" text messages to the daughter of a millionaire businessman, who was found guilty yesterday of driving a gang of thieves around south London during last summer's riots.

Guitar amp founder Jim Marshall dies

Jim Marshall, whose guitar amplifiers were used by some of the biggest names in rock, has died aged 88.

Bell, left, says of Cook: 'Mark is crazy, clearly a dangerous man to know'

How We Met: Martin Bell & Mark Cook

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Letters: Spooked into a national fuel panic

What is happening to our country? All it takes to create mayhem is the threat of a fuel distribution strike, and you have panic buying, empty fuel stations, brawling at forecourts and harassment of fuel station staff. The strike hasn't even started!

Unite rules out Easter fuel tanker drivers' strikes

Union says it wants to focus on peace talks to resolve the ongoing dispute.

Many garages have reported long queues after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude suggested drivers should fill up any spare jerry cans

Petrol stations overwhelmed as ministers fan the flames of panic over fuel strike

Ministers were last night accused of irresponsibly triggering an artificial nationwide fuel crisis after thousands of motorists took official advice and began stockpiling petrol ahead of a threatened strike by hauliers.

Former footballer Leon McKenzie jailed for attempting to dodge driving ban

Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie has been jailed for sending bogus letters to the police in a bid to avoid a driving ban.

Leading article: A welcome move to take on whiplash claims

The most cursory glance at the statistics for whiplash injuries is enough to raise suspicions. There are now more than 1,500 insurance claims for whiplash every day. Indeed, claims have gone up by a third in recent years, even as accident rates have dropped, adding around £90 to ballooning car insurance premiums.

Illness forces frontman Presley to retire from Troggs

Troggs frontman Reg Presley has told fans he has lung cancer and has decided to "call time" on the band.

Government to continue annual MOT test

Annual MOT tests will continue, the Government said today as it abandoned the idea of making the vehicle check-ups less frequent.

The pizzas served at Roberta’s

Brooklyn: Bite the Big Apple

Move over Manhattan – New York’s finest flavours are now found in Brooklyn

Called to the bar: How to find your new local

A warm welcome, good food and a fine ale can make living in a commuter village about more than just motorway links and train connections, says Ruth Bloomfield

Italian divers close to the wreck

Danilo del Carro: 'Dragging a dead body from the sea is something you never get used to'

Tasked with finding bodies aboard the Costa Concordia, a diver tells of life in the murky depths

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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