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Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

Ex-minister Morley admits £32,000 fraud

The former environment minister Elliot Morley yesterday admitted dishonestly claiming mortgage payments worth £32,000. The ex-Labour MP, 58, of Winterton, near Scunthorpe, entered two guilty pleas for false accounting in claims made between 2004 and 2007.

MPs handed £3.2m expenses payout

MPs were paid £3.2 million in expenses from the final two months of 2010, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) disclosed today.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, The Sage, Gateshead

The great and the good of Stateside get the best out of Tyneside

Powell and Gay in UK rematches

Asafa Powell, of Jamaica, and America's Tyson Gay will go head to head twice in England this summer. The sprinters have entered the 100m in the Birmingham Grand Prix on 10 July and the London Grand Prix on 5-6 August in rematches of their race at Gateshead last year, which Gay won by just 0.02sec.

George Shaw: The Sly and the Unseen, Baltic, Gateshead

For almost two decades, George Shaw has been painting, doggedly and systematically, the unprepossessing, post-war housing estate in Coventry where he grew up. The means he uses – Humbrol household paints – are as modest in their workadayness and as limited in their tonal range as the subject matter itself. It is as if Shaw has positively wanted to strait-jacket himself in this way.

Girlfriend tells how Moat shot her

The ex-girlfriend of Raoul Moat has recalled the horrifying moment when he shot her new boyfriend dead, then turned his shotgun on her.

Moat ex tells of boyfriend's death

The ex-girlfriend of Raoul Moat told today of the horrifying moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her.

Miliband: young generation have been betrayed by spending cuts

For the first time in more than a century, younger people may have worse life chances than their parents, Ed Miliband will claim today, accusing the Coalition Government of targeting its spending cuts on them.

Crusaders poach long-serving Eaton from Keighley

Keighley are are resigned to losing their long-serving coach, Barry Eaton, as the reborn Crusaders gear up for their second season in Super League.

Dig out those mittens, it's time to get your skates on

About Britain

Andy Carroll England debut in doubt

Andy Carroll's dream England debut has been cast into doubt after Newcastle sent an e-mail to the Football Association expressing their concern about the player's fitness.

Independent music podcast: John Wilson

John Wilson and the orchestra which bears his name created a absolute sensation at the 2009 Proms with their celebration of 75 years of MGM musicals.

Tribes, Royal Court Theatre, London

Nina Raine picked up a couple of "Most Promising Dramatist" awards for her 2006 play Rabbit. She amply fulfils that promise now with Tribes, a fiercely intelligent, caustically funny and emotionally wrenching piece about communication, belonging, and identity. It focuses on Billy (excellent Jacob Casselden), a young man who was born deaf and has been brought up as a lip-reader. Back home from university, he struggles to get a word in edgeways in a household of bickering egotists headed by Stanley Townsend's exuberantly non-PC writer-father and including two fractiously frustrated, unemployed siblings – an aspiring academic (Harry Treadaway) and a wannabe opera-singer (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

Anselm Kiefer, Baltic, Gateshead

Space invader's sombre works scale the heights

Walker swept to his death over waterfall

A walker was swept to his death over a 70ft waterfall after he tripped and slipped into the river while admiring the view, police said today.

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