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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

British economy to surpass pre-recession peak in 2014, says BCC

UK economy set to grow at its fastest pace in seven years at 2.7% in 2014

The care of children is a front-runner on Labour’s 2015 ‘pledge card’

Exclusive: Labour moves towards promise for free childcare for all preschoolers

IPPR report proposes a shift in spending away from Gordon Brown’s flagship tax credits

Energy passes transport as biggest single household expenditure

UK households now spend £68 a week on housing, ahead of transport and recreation

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets with energy bosses

The Archbishop recently said that the wave of energy price hikes seems "inexplicable"

Turbines of the Burbo Bank off shore wind farm adorn the skyline in the mouth of the River Mersey

George Osborne's U-turn could add £200bn to energy bills

Chancellor’s plan to scrap climate change targets could cost every household £8,000

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The cheek, the gall, the nerve: a sharp-tongued star is born

Don’t mess with this woman! A new, if not yet quite star, at least phenomenon, is born. Nicky Morgan, promoted to the Treasury in the last reshuffle, today tackled the Commons, or at least those on the Opposition benches, like a bossy schoolmistress bringing a delinquent class to heel.

Energy firms accused of 'green murder' over levies rollback

Some energy companies have been accused of “getting away with green murder” for failing to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of levies.

Elisabetta Grillo, foreground, and Francesca Grillo, left, deny abusing their positions by using credit cards loaned to them by Ms Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi

Sisters' spending on Saatchi credit cards was not checked, trial told

It wasn't our job to get involved, says finance director

Bank's Mark Carney defies doomsters on the economic outlook for the West

Governor says more lucrative technology will be created, and calls UK “promising”

Some 2.5 million people will have to borrow money to heat their homes this Christmas

2.5m people will have to take out a loan just to afford central heating this Christmas

Shocking figures revealed as winter fuel costs are hiked by up to £120

Bar staff, retail workers and waiters are amongst those who've been affected the most

The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era

The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes

Volunteers sort through items of food at a Rochdale Foodbank

Millions of families living in poverty despite being in employment says new study

More families than ever before are classified as poor despite adults having a job

The Houses of Parliament

'Never a good time to increase MPs' pay': Jack Straw defends politicians' 11% pay rise in face of public outrage

'Inappropriate' £7,600 salary increase should be reconsidered in light of economic climate, Treasury minister Danny Alexander says

TV to unleash your little monster: The best family viewing

Parents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here

The Accursed, By Joyce Carol Oates - Paperbacks of the Year review

This is Postmodern Gothic at its most supreme, a riotous yet scholarly ride through turn-of-the-20th-century Princeton, where the future US president is yet the rather gingerly secure university president Woodrow Wilson, whom Oates accuses of hushing up a racial murder.

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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

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Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

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France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect