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If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Tom Huddlestone has been out since August

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone undergoing medical at Stoke

Stoke are lining up a deal to take Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone to the Britannia Stadium.

The Olympic opening ceremony celebrated the NHS

Labour tried and failed to make NHS a global brand

Labour was last night facing charges of hypocrisy after criticising Government plans to export the NHS "brand" around the world and make money for hospitals back in the UK.

Cancer drug Avastin does not offer value for money, says Nice

A drug will not be made routinely available on the NHS for women with breast cancer from today after a watchdog ruled that it does not help improve patients' quality of life or provide value for money.

Portugal drowning victims named as Lara Lewis and Brian O'Dwyer

A five-year-old girl and her grandfather who drowned off a Portuguese beach after they were swept into the sea were described today as part of a happy and loving family.

Girl, 5, and grandfather drown in Portugal

A five-year-old British girl and her grandfather drowned on a Portuguese beach yesterday, despite rescue workers reportedly spending almost an hour trying to resuscitate the child.

The Olympic opening ceremony celebrated the NHS

Opposition to taking NHS brand abroad is 'a new low for Labour'

Government hits back at claims its plans are 'rampant commercialisation'

Dr Freddy Patel concluded that Mr Tomlinson died from a heart attack

G20 pathologist 'not fit to practise'

The pathologist who performed the initial post-mortem examination on Ian Tomlinson, who died during the 2009 G20 protests, acted with "deficient professional performance" that impaired his fitness to practise, a tribunal has concluded.

Mine owners lift threat to sack strikers as South Africa mourns

As well as the 34 strikers shot dead by police, 78 were badly wounded and more than 250 were arrested
Michael Dawson: The former Spurs captain is out of favour with new coach Andre Villas-Boas

QPR make formal offer for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson

QPR have made a formal offer for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, Press Association Sport understands.

Family fighting for right to keep father alive are told that signs he recognised them were simply reflex movements

A family pleading for the right to keep a father in a persistent vegetative state alive were today told that what they believed were signs he recognised them were simply reflex movements.

Servicemen killed in Afghanistan repatriated

The families of three British servicemen killed in Afghanistan stood together in their grief today as they watched their loved ones' bodies repatriated to the UK.

Drunks to be filmed by clinic in hope to crack down on binge drinking

Drunken party-goers who stumble into health clinics after a night out could be shown footage of themselves in a bid to crack down on binge drinking.

12,000 NHS jobs left unfilled

More than 12,000 NHS job posts have not been filled after people have retired, quit or moved on to other organisations, figures suggest.

The pathologist Dr Freddy Patel, who acted with 'deficient professional performance' over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded

Pathologist criticised for 'deficient' performance in Ian Tomlinson case

Dr Freddy Patel acted with "deficient professional performance" over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded.

Only third of massacre-hit mine Lonmin's workforce report for duty as bosses back down from sacking threats

The South African mine that saw 34 of its workers shot by police suffered further disruption today after only one in five wildcat strikers reported for duty.

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