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The parade of musicians onto the Barbican stage has Norma Waterson at its centre, and there's a chair centre-stage for her, set between daughter Eliza and niece Marry, and spread either side stand musical friends and family – Martin Carthy, Olly Knight and Neill MacColl on guitars, multi-instrumentalist Kate St John, brilliant husky-voiced young singer John Smith duetting with an assured Kami Thompson, and committed turns from Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker, stick-thin enough to really do "The Scarecrow", one of many strange and wonderful works to trip from the mind of Lal Waterson.

Rugby League: Defiant Lindsay delays departure

AS EVER, reports of the imminent departure from the game of Maurice Lindsay have proved to be exaggerated.

Sorry, Tony: 'new' is no longer sexy

Mark Seddon on why Middle England likes Old Labour's ways

Labour turmoil: Brown's ever-decreasing inner circle

THE DEPARTURE of Charlie Whelan removes another key player from the inner circle of Gordon Brown, whose powerbase has been progressively weakened by Tony Blair.

Brown was `betrayed' by Mandelson

PETER MANDELSON, who resigned before Christmas as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, accused The Mirror last night of trying to "foment" bad relations between himself and the Chancellor after the leak of a letter he wrote to Gordon Brown during the debate over the Labour Party leadership in 1994.

The Latest Labour Leak In Full

THE LETTER, sent on the Monday after John Smith's death, states: "I thought I should give you my best view of the situation from the media standpoint.

Calmly, the sea closes over the future

Iona will never be the same after last week's drowning tragedy, writes Andrew Buncombe

Man dies, 3 missing, after boat capsizes

THE TINY community of Iona was in mourning yesterday after one man drowned and another three were feared dead when a dinghy capsized off the Scottish island.

Tories in Turmoil: `This never would have happened to Thatcher'

THEY DON'T discuss politics much in the Richmondshire Conservative Club, even when their MP, the Opposition leader William Hague, has faced his most difficult week.

Football: Kinnear denies bet irregularity

JOE KINNEAR, the Wimbledon manager, denied yesterday that any of his players had breached tough new Football Association rules on betting.

Leading article: An uncommon row that highlights Mr Hague's failings

AT THREE minutes past three on Wednesday afternoon, Tony Blair was surprised and on the defensive, the massed benches of New Labour behind him silent and disbelieving at the betrayal of the core manifesto promise to expel the hereditary peers from parliament.

Been there, done that and he's still only ninety

Maybe Alastair Cooke's metabolism is slower than most humans, so he may be going for some time

Football: FA appoint Mr Bean as new `sleazebuster'

THE FOOTBALL Association yesterday announced the appointment of a 37-year-old police officer as its new `sleazebuster'.

Finance: Sharing the load to cut costs

Off-loading non-core functions away from the heart of a huge company is very much in vogue in the US. And it's catching on here.

Tuesday Book: Putting New Labour into focus

THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION:

The Ron Davies affair: 'I know what he's going through. I've been there'

RON DAVIES and his family will be feeling pretty low today. As a good combative minister he was looking forward to the prospect of becoming First Minister for Wales. This incident has probably dashed those hopes and his political career has been cut short.
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