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A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

Minister faces inquiry into second home cash claims

MPs join backlash over expenses as committee considers pay reform

Sex trafficking victims win record payout

Moldovan women kept as sex slaves in London win £600,000 compensation

Constituent sues MP in 'legal first'

A Government minister is set for a court battle with a war veteran constituent who claims she has failed in her duty to represent him properly in a fight for compensation.

Miles Kington: Believe me, jury service is nothing like 'Twelve Angry Men'

I never did get to harangue 11 men and women because they were about to sendan innocent man to the gallows

Help! I'm being held captive by Man Utd

Only in the Premier League could a player who earns £120,000 a week compare himself to a 'slave'

Accountant and teacher kept girl, 14, as a slave

A "heartless" accountant who helped his wife smuggle a 14-year-old girl into Britain and subjected her to years of slavery, was jailed for 18 months yesterday.

Survivor celebrates as bus-stop killer is given maximum jail term

In what his victims' relatives described as a final act of cowardice, Levi Bellfield refused to turn up in court yesterday to hear that he would serve the rest of his life in jail for murdering two young students and trying to kill another.

Keith Smith: Hard-headed trumpeter

Keith Smith was a powerful trumpeter, an astute businessman and a deeply unattractive man. He was better known for his achievements abroad than he was in Britain. They included at one time running a fish and chip shop in New Orleans – an innovation in the city – until it was suggested to him by the mob that he move on. A determined man who could think what was to other English musicians the unthinkable, Smith took his trumpet to the States and worked comfortably as the leader of musicians who in Britain were regarded as legends.

Alan Watkins: Mrs T did not have the first idea about Sir Ian

The political year should not pass without a proper tribute to Lord Gilmour, one of the most trenchant Tory critics of Thatcherism

Chelsea and Barça 'sure' to face fines

Lennart Johansson, the president of Uefa, European football's governing body, has insisted that he is "sure" disciplinary action will follow Chelsea's tempestuous match against Barcelona.

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Jazz drummer at the heart of British bebop

`Suicidal' Tories in tatters as MP defects to Labour

THE TORY PARTY was reeling last night after its brightest young "progressive" MP defected to Labour. Senior figures warned that the Conservatives were committing electoral suicide.

The glorious memories of a jury foreman

I HEARD on the radio yesterday that Mr Jeff McWhinney, president of the British Deaf Association, is absolutely furious at being barred from jury service on the grounds that he is profoundly deaf. He says that, given a skilled British Sign Language interpreter to tell him what's going on, there should be no problem. To which I say, anyone who demands to do jury service, instead of running a mile from it, needs his head examining.

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