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Life beyond the Premier League: He has overseen eigh victories in nine games since he replaced Uwe Rösler as manager

London bids for Paralympic Athletics World Championships

London has entered the race to host the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships, which will be held just a month before the city hosts the World Athletics Championships.

Johnson calls for tax cut for top earners

Boris Johnson delivered a provocative challenge to David Cameron and George Osborne yesterday to cut income tax for Britain's highest earners.

In his keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Boris Johnson made a point of picking out the PM for praise

Boris Johnson cements position as leading Conservative party rival to David Cameron with provocative call to cut income tax for Britain’s highest earners

The Mayor of London was careful to pour praise on the Prime Minister for the 'fantastic job' he was doing

Johnson calls on party to build on success

Boris Johnson took the Conservative Party Conference by storm last night as he professed his loyalty to David Cameron but urged the Government to launch a huge house-building programme.

Boris Johnson's 'rock star status' is 'great' says Cameron

David Cameron denied today that he envies Boris Johnson's “rock star status” after the London Mayor was mobbed on his arrival at the Conservative conference in Birmingham.

Boris pledges loyalty to PM – but refuses to stick to script

Boris Johnson took the Conservative Party Conference by storm last night as he professed his loyalty to David Cameron but urged the Government to launch a huge housebuilding programme.

Seven-year-olds 'should learn Chinese'

Children shalt not just learn ancient Greek or Latin as a language at primary school, the British Council has warned, arguing this "might sit oddly with the Government's wish to enhance language skills for the workplace".

London table tennis club Bounce is among the more stylish venues for playing the game, which is enjoyed by fans including Elle Macpherson

Ping-pong comes home - in style

The game invented in Britain is gaining new fans and going upmarket

<b>Boris Johnson</b>: Not one to let his position get in the way of what he really thinks, the Mayor of London answered a question during a BBC interview by telling the interviewer that he could

Labour figures warn against not taking Boris seriously

Senior Labour figures are warning the party to stop treating Boris Johnson as "a joke" because they might be aiding his attempt to become Prime Minister – and defeat Labour at the next general election.

Pal Szekeres, Hungary: The 47-year-old fencer from Budapest is the only person to have won Olympic and Paralympic medals. In 1988 he won a bronze in the Seoul Olympics – three years later a road accident left him in a wheelchair, a year after that he won Paralympic gold in Barcelona. Two more followed in 1996 and he has won successive bronzes at the three Games since – in between Games he served as a government minister

A Games that can change people's perceptions

London's Paralympics could alter the way the world views inequalities, reports Tom Peck

Sky's the limit: organisers hope a record global audience and packed stadiums mean the Games, which open today, can change attitudes in Britain and beyond

Games set to be best ever – so will they bring change for good?

Team GB arrive ahead of ceremony today

It's time for gay marriage, says Boris

Boris Johnson has risked alienating the Conservative right by publicly backing the Government's plans to legalise full gay marriage.

Prism by Keiichi Matsuda at the V&A during the London Design Festival 2012

Heads Up: London Design Festival

They're putting what in the middle of Trafalgar Square?

Future Prime Minister?: Boris Johnson

Leadership: The art of never saying never

When it comes to political ambition – how do you say "no", when you really mean "yes"? Just change the subject

Out of nowhere, Mr Johnson would apparently sneak up on commuters and warn them not to “get caught out”

Boris: children should do two hours' PE a day

Boris Johnson put himself at odds with David Cameron yesterday as he suggested that children should have two hours of physical exercise every day at school.

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