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News The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

The prime minister faced fresh accusations of cronyism after it was revealed that his hairdresser appeared in the New Year Honours List last week

A pint with Alex Salmond? ‘I’d check my wallet,’ says David Cameron

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Leah Totton (right) and Luisa Zissman (left) set for series climax

The Apprentice 2013 final: Leah Totton and Luisa Zissman set for series climax

Apprentice finalists Leah Totton and Luisa Zissman swap the boardroom for the chess board as they plot their final moves ahead of the climax to the series.

Apprentice contestant Natalie Panayi sticks her oar in

The Apprentice 2013: Double firing after campervan fair sends Kurt Wilson and Natalie Panayi packing

Contestants Kurt Wilson and Natalie Panayi were sent packing in a double firing from The Apprentice tonight after their bungling meant Lord Sugar was not a happy camper

Apprentices Jason Leech and Neil Clough try to sell mobile homes and caravans

The Apprentice 2013: Contestants battle it out to be the 'God of Sales' at a caravan and motorhomes show

The 10 remaining contestants in The Apprentice do their best to make sure their sales figures do not remain static when they are sent to sell at a caravan show in the latest episode.

Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady from this year's BBC programme, The Apprentice.

Sir Alan Sugar says 'I've not fired any Mark Zuckerbergs' as The Apprentice returns

“I’m not perfect. There are occasions I may have got it wrong,” Lord Sugar declared, in a rare display of humility. “But I haven’t seen anyone who’s become a new Branson or Zuckerberg that I’ve let go.”

Jordan Poulton, Jaz Ampaw-Farr, Kurt Wilson, Francesca MacDuff-Varley, Myles Mordaunt, Natalie Panayi, Alex Mills, Luisa Zissman, with (sitting left to right) Tim Stillwell, Rebecca Slater, Jason Leech, Sophie Lau, Neil Clough, Leah Totton, Zeeshaan Shah, Uzma Yakoob, the contestants in this year's BBC programme, The Apprentice.

The Apprentice 2013 contestants revealed: Get ready for new format and 'all the usual clichés'

The Apprentice is back, but this time with a bit of a twist.

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Harry Redknapp’s QPR entertain Sunderland this afternoon

Football needs women's touch, says Harry Redknapp

QPR manager backs the idea of female breaking through to take charge of a professional team

The Olympic Stadium’s future is still not agreed

West Ham fans to be consulted over Olympic Stadium switch

Hammers are preferred bidders to move into Stratford stadium

Tyro Dautovic signs for Chelsea for £1m

Chelsea have continued their recruitment of some of the best young players in Europe with a deal worth £1m for the Slovenian 17-year old Emir Dautovic.

Katy Guest: Hair power is just another load of old follicles

In a week in which yet another stupid slimming fad outdid the last one and caught the attention of horrified dieticians, praise be to Karren Brady for being last week's still, small voice of calm in a ridiculous world. In an interview with Woman & Home magazine, the West Ham boss said that she doesn't really bother with staying thin and following fashion, and instead just has a life and wears things that suit her. "I've been to some very glamorous parties where there are some very beautiful – and very thin – people," she said, "But … they don't touch a canapé or have a drink."

West Ham are the favourites to occupy the Olympic Stadium

West Ham face competition for Olympic Stadium

West Ham face competition from three other bidders wanting to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) confirmed today.

Karren Brady's phone records came into PKF's possession during the battle over the Olympic Stadium

Spurs deny trying to get Brady phone data

Firm used by Tottenham admits 'wrongfully obtaining' West Ham executive's records

Business Diary: S&P's summit is ticket to riches

Their performance during the credit crunch may have been less than stellar and they've been getting all sorts of flak during the current sovereign debt crisis, but life is still pretty good for the credit ratings agencies.

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