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

Lee turns out lights on Blues' departing dynasty

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The game's first lady departs after winning her Blue riband

Karren Brady will be missed when she leaves Birmingham City today. Will other women climb as high again?

Yeung inches closer to Birmingham takeover

Carson Yeung has moved closer to completing his takeover of Birmingham after his company, Grandtop International Holdings, increased their share capital in the midlands club to 81.7%.

Sullivan and Brady earn manager's praise

The Birmingham City manager, Alex McLeish, has hailed the contribution that David Sullivan and Karren Brady have made during almost 17 years at St Andrew's and believes exciting times lie ahead under the club's prospective new owners.

Karren Brady and David Sullivan set to leave Birmingham

Birmingham chief executive Karren Brady and PLC chairman David Sullivan will leave the club if Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung completes his takeover of the club.

A tale of one city and two cabinets

From the European Cup down, Aston Villa have silverware aplenty, while Birmingham once won the Leyland DAF Trophy. But tomorrow all will be equal in the Brum derby, writes Phil Shaw

Business Diary: 05/09/09

Is Peston being primed for BBC pay cut?

Diary is thoroughly bored with Robert Peston, the BBC's ubiquitous business editor, but couldn't resist this vignette from the great man's blog arguing against attempts to cap bankers' pay: "Should there be a cap on the rewards of footballers or broadcasters (especially those who don't deliver, perhaps)?" What are you trying to tell us here, Bob?

Pandora: Alan Duncan, the Tory poster boy for reform?

The Tory mischief-maker Alan Duncan was the source of considerable hand-wringing among his colleagues over the summer, following the release of a covertly filmed video in which he joked that MPs had been forced to "live on rations" since the expenses scandal and were "treated like shit". The videographer had form, having previously broken into Duncan's garden and dug a £1 coin into his lawn.

Can Burton mix it with the big boys?

Today marks Albion's debut in the Football League, and their manager Paul Peschisolido's first game in charge of a club. Paul Newman meets an ambitious man on a mission

Peschisolido joins Burton as manager

Former Canadian international striker Paul Peschisolido was appointed today as manager of Football League newcomer Burton Albion.

Birmingham back in top flight after £60m match

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Birmingham set for final day thriller

McLeish demands show of character to secure automatic promotion

Alex McLeish: 'If we go up we'll have to punch above our weight'

The Brian Viner Interview: Birmingham City's manager is the son of a Govan shipyard worker, a tough Scot who aims to follow in some illustrious footsteps

Brady rearrested in corruption inquiry

Karren Brady, managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, was rearrested last night by police investigating alleged corruption.

Outside the Box: Victoria Ground is still derelict and Stoke fans cannot stand it

What happens to a famous old football stadium once the resident club relocate to a new home? Not much, if the owners are St Modwen, "the UK's leading regeneration specialists". Tastefully (?) named after an Irish nun believed to have performed miracles at an abbey further up the River Trent in Burton, the company bought Stoke City's Victoria Ground and were involved in building the Britannia Stadium. That was in 1997; 12 years on, to the understandable disgust of Stoke supporters, Sir Stanley Matthews' atmospheric old stamping ground still stands derelict and a former soldier, Dave Barker, is living in a tent there as part of a campaign to have it turned into a park for the local community. The saintly property developers, who can evict him at any time, are now blaming the credit crunch for stalling their ever-changing plans for the site.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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