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

Emma Burstall: New mothers have a job already – they just don't go to the office

Rachida Dati took five days' maternity leave. That's too little for most families

The Apprentice: You Ask The Questions special

So, Claire, if Sir Alan had turned up on one of your Club 18-30 trips, how would you have shown him a good time? Alex, why don't you have a shave and get a haircut? Lee, who's scarier – Nick or Margaret? Helene, did the programme editors portray you fairly? All finalists, who would you hire (with the exception of yourself)?

Last Night's TV: The Apprentice, BBC1<br />Location, Location, Location, Channel 4

The Apprentice finally reached the boring interview episode this week, or rather the episode that you always think will be boring but then turns out to be more interesting than you expected because of the aggression of Sir Alan's crack team of rottweillers, all of whom have been trained to take a curriculum vitae between their teeth and shake it ferociously until the loose bits fly off.

Birmingham City 2 Liverpool 2: Benayoun brings Birmingham crashing back down to earth

McLeish's side stay in drop zone after squandering lead to 'Liverpool reserves'

Fearless Zarate can fight to the bitter end

It used to be gypsy curses, boardroom battles and semi-final heartbreak that troubled Birmingham City. Latterly, it has been visits from the City of London Police and the arrest of two members of the St Andrew's top brass.But one common denominator through the decades has been the waging of relegation scraps at the business end of a season.

Redknapp in legal action over arrest

Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, has started legal action against police for arresting him as part of a corruption inquiry. With his wife, Sandra, Redknapp has lodged an action at the Administrative Court of the High Courts of Justice in London.

Police raid Birmingham City FC

Birmingham City football club have promised to co-operate fully with police after being raided by officers who took away financial documents early this morning.



City hoping to catch Gutierrez 'the Greyhound'

Manchester City should find out within the next 48 hours whether their £7m bid to sign the Argentina international winger Jonas Gutierrez has succeeded.

Manchester City 3 Southampton 1: Row over Pearce Under-21 job mars City's day

Manchester City, who overcame stubborn Southampton resistance to win this FA Cup fourth-round tie at a canter, last night put a temporary block on their manager Stuart Pearce's hopes of becoming England Under-21 manager.

Royals & red tops: Inside story of the 'News of the World' phone tapping scandal

The story does not end with the jailing of a reporter and the resignation of his editor. As Rupert Murdoch mixes with the great and good in Davos, others within his organisation may have cause to consider the consequences of the case. By Francis Elliott and Cole Moreton

Draper hastens next step in his revolution

Six months into his job as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, Roger Draper continues to think big and aim high. Having persuaded one of the world's most respected coaches, Brad Gilbert, on board, Draper is weighing the chances of recruiting another, Paul Annacone, who worked for so long with Pete Sampras and is now coaching Tim Henman.

Letters: Blair speech

Blair speech shows the mysterious power of oratory over truth

Birmingham stand by Pennant after three-month jail sentence

Birmingham City have said they will stand by Jermaine Pennant after their on-loan winger was jailed for three months for driving offences.

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

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Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible