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

West Ham strengthen plans for Olympic Stadium with concert deal

West Ham have been boosted by the world's biggest concert promoter in their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium.

Karren Brady: Not your average footballer's wife

After nearly 20 years in the male-dominated boardrooms of Britain's football clubs, the West Ham vice-chairman is about to star as Lord Sugar's new sidekick in 'The Apprentice'

Spurs set to battle West Ham for new stadium

West Ham United yesterday submitted their plan to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, becoming the only declared bidder come the deadline of midday yesterday. The club will discover by the end of the year whether they are likely to prove successful and they remain favourites despite reports that a joint bid by Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, the American entertainment conglomerate which runs the 02, will be made public today.

New batch of Apprentice candidates revealed

This year's batch of would-be business tycoons are challenged to get more bangers for their buck when they are sent out by Lord Sugar to make and sell sausages in the new series of The Apprentice.

Business Diary: Party conference on the cheap

Another split in the Coalition Government: while the Conservative Party, off to Birmingham for its autumn conference, has chosen a five-star venue, the Hyatt Regency, the Liberal Democrats have opted for something a little moare in keeping with these times of austerity.

West Ham confident over Olympic Stadium

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady expects the club to be given the first option of taking over the Olympic Stadium after the London Olympics.

Karren Brady: Upton girl with £125m masterplan to save West Ham

'Bonkers' if move to Olympic Stadium falls through, says glamorous chief executive, who reveals her vision for fans to share season tickets with NFL and how Irons should aspire to be like Arsenal. Margareta Pagano speaks to Karren Brady

Brady entices businessmen to invest £4m in Hammers

West Ham United's vice-chairman Karren Brady has brought in two wealthy businessmen as new shareholders to invest another £4 million in the financially-strapped club.

West Ham cast doubt over Zola but insist his job is safe for now

Owners say keeping manager until end of season is best option to protect Premier League survival chances

West Ham continue Olympic Stadium talks

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was today meeting UK Athletics chiefs to discuss the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Karren Brady vows to sort out West Ham's finances

Football's first lady, Karren Brady, has only been at West Ham for a few weeks but already she's confident the club can be made profitable over the next 12-18 months.

Sullivan fears 'Armageddon' if West Ham are relegated

David Sullivan fears "Armageddon" if West Ham are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Inside Lines: Hammers likely to get their stadium minus Olympic ring

The prospect of West Ham moving into London's Olympic Stadium after 2012 is becoming more realistic, with the Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, now showing enthusiasm for the idea and John Armitt, chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, saying that staging both football and athletics there is feasible. So the ball is now in the court of the club's new vice-chair, Karren Brady, to help make it workable. And if anyone can help the hapless Hammers hit the nail on the head it is surely the feisty first lady of football. Her opening declaration was that she would like to see the Hammers move into the 2012 stadium and the club renamed West Ham Olympic. The latter is a pipe dream, as the International Olympic Committee would certainly put a block on it, so touchy are they about the use of the Olympic trademark. The main stumbling block is that West Ham would want to lease rather than buy the new stadium, and would also want to dismantle the running track that Seb Coe & Co have pledged is sacrosanct as part of London's Olympic legacy. Let's hope Brady and her two co-chairmen will have the wit and wisdom between them to work something out moneywise because, as the shadow sports minister, Hugh Robertson, says, it would be ideal to have the Hammers, the club slap bang in the middle of London's Olympic heartland, occupying it. "I have a high opinion of Karren Brady and want to see a proper, commercially viable legacy for the Olympic stadium post-2012," he says. "The issue of the running track can easily be overcome because the stadium is so much more compact than dual-use stadia of an earlier generation. West Ham would also be worthy occupiers because their community programme does so much for young people across the East End – which was a key 2012 objective." Some form of retractable or roll-over seating, à la Paris's Stade de France, could be a solution and probably would not cost more than a couple of mid-table Premier League forwards. Brady says she is "good at having ideas", so you can bet she will come up with something.

Little glitter at West Ham to welcome Gold

West Ham United 0 Blackburn Rovers 0

West Ham chief executive quits

West Ham have confirmed the resignation of chief executive Scott Duxbury.

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