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

Lord Coe backs West Ham Olympic stadium plans

Lord Coe today offered passionate support for West Ham's bid to take over the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

West Ham promise transfers to help reprieved Grant beat drop

Paris St-Germain's veteran striker Luyindula a target as struggling club backs manager '100 per cent'

Bridge nightmare merely adds to Hammers' agony

West Ham United 0 Arsenal 3

Fighting talk over Olympic Stadium legacy

Alan Pascoe, the hurdler-turned-promoter, says Spurs' plans for the site 'betray the 2012 bid and our children's future'

Cloud builds over Grant but the storm doesn't break

Avram Grant's position was still shrouded in confusion last night after the embattled West Ham manager gave a quixotic response to rumours of his impending dismissal. Grant arrived at Upton Park yesterday amid fevered speculation that he would be fired after the tea-time match with Arsenal. Yet after his team meekly surrendered to a 3-0 defeat he largely evaded the issue.

Boro go for a Burton as Harrad doubles up

Burton Albion 2 Middlesbrough 1: Striker adds insult to injury time as his second goal stuns Championship side

Disaster averted as Grant gamble pays off

West Ham United 2 Barnsley 0: Fresh legs have desired effect in giving West Ham's manager a longer run

Just one in four directors of small firms is a women

Gender disparity is still rife – not only on the FTSE-100 boards, but in the grassroots businesses that drive the UK economy. Mark Leftly reports

Grant refuses to respond to SOS call from West Ham directors

West Ham's board have designated today's visit of Wigan as the "save our season game" but for Avram Grant, the club's under-pressure manager, it is just another fixture.

Brady remains buoyant about England's 2018 chances

Karren Brady, the West Ham vice-chairman and a member of England's 2018 bid team, is confident that the country's chances of hosting the 2018 World Cup remain strong with two weeks to go before the decision is made.

Avram Grant not in danger insists Karren Brady

Karren Brady insists there is no "finger on the button" at West Ham for manager Avram Grant despite the club's precarious position at the bottom of the Premier League.

Grant blasts referee after Hammers blow their lead

Birmingham City 2 West Ham United 2: Israeli staggered by the 'farcical' decision to deny West Ham a late penalty

Grant needs Hammers to show progress – and soon

Carling Cup win over Stoke tonight will help West Ham manager buy patience from club's owners after Saturday's dismal defeat

Last Night's TV: Wonderland: Boy Cheerleaders/BBC2<br />The Apprentice/BBC1<br />Explosions: How We Shook the World/BBC4

If those who proselytise on behalf of the Big Society have the slightest bit of common sense, they will ring up the BBC this morning, order several thousand copies of last night's Wonderland, and post them to every sceptic of plans for the regeneration of civic society with whom they are familiar. They'll find no finer example of the little platoons on whom they have staked their futures, nor of such a group doing so much good for such troubled children in such an affecting way.

The Apprentice, BBC1, Wednesday<br/>PhoneShop, E4, Thursday

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