News An area cordoned off by police, similar to the cordoned off house in Hartlepool where Mark Denton was found injured on New Year's Eve.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a former boxer died in an incident at a New Year’s Eve party.

Rugby Union: Rodber's injury fear

Northampton 19 West Hartlepool 14

Mandy told to declare that loan

PETER MANDELSON has been told by the new Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that he should declare his pounds 373,000 loan from Geoffrey Robinson in the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests, writes Rachel Sylvester.

Higher offer puts W&D closer to win

WOLVERHAMPTON & DUDLEY, the regional brewer, yesterday moved a step closer to winning control of Marston Thompson & Evershed after raising the offer for its West Midlands rival by over pounds 20m to pounds 288m.

Parliament: Media - Protest motion on press `sackings'

SIX TORY MPs signed a Commons Early Day Motion yesterday protesting at the "sackings at the Sunday Express". The motion was tabled by the former Daily Telegraph political correspondent and Sunday Telegraph social affairs editor Julie Kirkbride, now MP for Bromsgrove.

Marston avoids bid stalemate

MARSTON THOMPSON & Evershed, the regional brewer, has found a way to avoid an embarassing stalemate in the two-way bid battle with its West Midlands rival Wolverhampton & Dudley.

Marston turns tables with pounds 330m Wolves bid

THE BID BATTLE for Marston Thompson & Evershed took an unprecedented twist yesterday when the regional brewer turned on Wolverhampton & Dudley, its hostile suitor, by launching a pounds 330m counter-bid.

Mandelson's happy return to Hartlepool

PETER MANDELSON made his first formal constituency engagement yesterday since resigning over his pounds 373,000 personal loan from the former paymaster-general, Geoffrey Robinson.

Rugby Union: West passion squashes Wasps

West Hartlepool 21 Wasps 17

Speculation grows that Whelan may resign

CHARLIE WHELAN, the Chancellor's controversial press secretary, could resign in frustration over allegations that he played a part in Peter Mandelson's downfall.

Rugby Union: Brewer's blunder adds to West ills

Newcastle 29 West Hartlepool 13

Mandelson's fall: End of a useful, but fatal, friendship

WHEN Peter Mandelson met Geoffrey Robinson in the early 1980s it was not a meeting of equals. Mandelson was a young Labour researcher, working for the MP Albert Booth; Robinson was already a junior whip.

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The Diary: God protect us from jolly churches

PERCY HAS just been violently sick, for the third time in an hour. While we weren't looking, he jumped up and ate a bag of jelly babies which a kind friend had given to our infant. Something in these sweets (would it perhaps be E numbers?) produces not merely nausea, but outright madness in a dog. Percy when sane is irritating enough. But Percy mad is a dreadful companion. He lets out whoops and moans as if the terrors of hell had been revealed to him. He becomes hyperactive. He runs hither and thither. Nothing said or done or shouted to him has a calming effect on him. Howl, howl, howl, howl, as King Lear says at his most abject moment. Last time something similar happened - he ate a whole box of chocolates on that particular occasion - he was mad and vomiting for 24 hours.

The Mandelson Affair: The Constituency - It's a loss for us, too, say the voters of Hartlepool

THERE HAS always been an irony in Peter Mandelson's choice of parliamentary seat. Since his election to Parliament in 1992, Labour's ultimate moderniser has represented a depressed north-eastern town whose image is the epitome of the traditional Labour Party.

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It is still not clear to me what Mandelson has done that renders him unfit to serve in government
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