Wales captain Sam Warburton who many believe has become something of a pawn in the conflict

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The four Welsh regional sides – Cardiff Blues, Newport-Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – have until midnight to toe the establishment line by signing an extended deal with their governing body. As there have been precious few signs of them doing any such thing, it seems certain that political meltdown will move ever closer and the lawyers will be preparing for many a long and lucrative day in court.

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Crime statistics are to be made more transparent to assuage public fears that many alleged offences are not properly investigated by the police.

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Ed Miliband is hinting that Labour will go into the next election with a specific pledge to reduce the cost of childcare should his party win the next election.

Renewal says that millions of people have been priced out of the housing market and that the 300,000 homes a year target should include allowing local authorities to build more social housing

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The Conservatives are being urged to trump Labour by promising to build 300,000 new homes a year, in an attempt to shed their “party of the rich” image.

Nearly all homes cut off from electricity over the Christmas period were due to be finally reconnected on Sunday night

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Nearly all homes cut off from electricity over the Christmas period were due to be finally reconnected tonight – just in time for a renewed period of stormy weather.

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When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

Boxing: Mike Tyson’s former trainer Tommy Brooks is right man for David Price

British heavyweight David Price has hired Mike Tyson’s former trainer Tommy Brooks as his new coach.

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

Anti-EU Tory ideology trumps the needs of the poor after Government rejects EU fund for food banks

Do the Government have any intention of providing for the 13 mlllion who live below the poverty line in Britain?

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 December 2013

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Tourists labour to 226 for 6 before 91,000 crowd

Paolo Di Canio said that if players turned up with mobile phones, he would throw them in the sea

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Graeme Swann retires from cricket midway through the Ashes series

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Those wacky folks at Google have got festive today, adorning the top of their page with a snowy woodland cartoon.

The Calais lifeboat chief said the woman was 'lucky to be alive' after falling into the water

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French police say the woman is in a ‘very bad way psychologically’ but otherwise fine thanks to rescue less than six minutes after she fell in

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On the 25th anniversary of the atrocity, Dr Jim Swire accuses the Government of covering up key facts about the bomb that killed 270 in 1988

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