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The presenter, who is thought to be a friend of the Prime Minister, told his followers on the micro-blogging site that he was thinking of standing as an independent at the next general election.

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson apologises after posting ‘gay c**t’ picture on Twitter

The famously acerbic TV personality then shared the image on his Twitter account alongside the caption: "Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane."

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Colin Firth will voice Paddington Bear in new film

The king speaks: Colin Firth to voice Paddington Bear in new film

Firth will join Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters in the film

Jurassic World: What would you like to see in the Jurassic Park sequel?

The monstrously successful Jurassic Park series is to be brought back to life (again). Universal Pictures are planning another instalment of dinosaur-based carnage in the fourth sequel, Jurassic World, which will premiere in 2015.

No plot details have been announced at this stage (though the new film will show in 3D), and this blank slate has encouraged us to get in early with a few suggestions for any reading Hollywood executives (you're welcome, Mr Spielberg). Please leave more ideas in the comments - but keep it bitey, and no totally implausible pseudo-science.

The bank, Credit Suisse, is alleged to have used corrupt PIs

Hacking scandal: Blue-chip firms that used corrupt private investigators are identified

Financial institutions among those on a list from Serious Organised Crime Agency to MPs

Top Gear in new controversy over faked hovercraft scenes on River Avon

During the disputed segment the vehicle, which is driven by Jeremy Clarkson, is shown spraying diners at a restaurant and blowing away their tables

Album: Fuck Buttons, Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)

Fuck Buttons are the band whose name no one dare speak but whose music, thanks to Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony, everyone has now heard.

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

Top Gear April Fool's prank shuts Dutch motorway (but Jeremy Clarkson's not to blame)

Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear colleagues have previously got into trouble for executing outlandish stunts. But despite being blamed by disgruntled motorists for shutting down a Dutch motorway yesterday the programme-makers had nothing to do with the drama.

Top Gear in a spin as Jeremy Clarkson insults 'convict' Australians

Jeremy Clarkson may have dented the reputation of Top Gear in Australia after saying to a group of photographers gathered in Sydney harbour: “You can take them out of England but you can’t take the convict out of them.”

BBC's freelance stars' estimated earnings

The Deloitte review found the BBC pays £150,000 or more a year to 124 stars using public service companies.

Jeremy Clarkson think it's fine to make disabled jokes, but at least let us joke back

Yet again, the outspoken presenter and columnist is in trouble. This isn't an equal playing field: disabled people don't get the chance to insult the able bodied.

If only Top Gear and the BBC had the guts to tell Jeremy Clarkson to stop talking for once

As it's been ruled that the presenter's remark that a car looked like 'person with facial growths' breached Corporation's guidelines, and he's compromising their values.

Jeremy Clarkson doubled his pay to more than £2m through his work with the BBC last year

Jeremy Clarkson breaches BBC guidelines by comparing Toyota Prius campervan to Elephant Man

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson breached BBC guidelines by comparing a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces.

Three more years of Clarkson on Top Gear

Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed a new commercial deal which effectively ensures they will continue on the show for at least three more more years.

What to read next? Ask the Chipping Norton set

The book publicity blurb is one of the most straightforward sources of nepotism. If they're not from the author's friends, they are often delivered by writers with the same agent.

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