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

Peschisolido's late burst stuns Palace

Sheffield United 3 Crystal Palace 1

Football: Keegan back in full swing

FA Cup fourth round: Gregory's boys left in a whirl as Fulham begin to fulfil their lofty ambitions; Aston Villa 0 Fulham 2 Morgan 8, Hayward 43 Half-time: 0-2 Attendance: 35,260

Football: First Division plans revealed

FIRST DIVISION clubs yesterday outlined their ground-breaking proposals to bridge the gulf between the Premier League and the Football League by achieving greater autonomy for themselves.

Lady brings the Blues out of their deep slumber

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Tennis: Smith's hard labour meets with a degree of success

As Britain's No 1 female tennis player, Sam Smith attracts far less attention than either her successful male counterpart, Greg Rusedski, or his rival Tim Henman.

It's a man's, man's, man's, man's world

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Under starter's orders for the People's Derby

The woman trying to halt the decline of Britain's premier flat race has enraged the sport's traditionalists, writes Jojo Moyes

A husband who's really worth his weight in gold

PEOPLE & BUSINESS

Out of the Cup, now Birmingham are in for a float

With the timing of a bad Vinnie Jones tackle, Birmingham City will today unveil plans for a pounds 25m stock market flotation in an effort to raise cash for manager Trevor Francis to buy players and stave off the threat of relegation from the Nationwide First Division.

Football: Birmingham ban supporter

A Birmingham supporter Chris Measey, who took the club to court over a controversial away travel scheme, is "dumbfounded" to have been effectively banned from St Andrew's.

Football: Golds keep City options open

David and Ralph Gold, with chairman David Sullivan the co-owners of First Division Birmingham City, yesterday said that they were less keen to quit the club than their partner after charges made by season ticket holders, supported in court by Birmingham City Council, led to managing director Karren Brady being bailed at the Crown Court on Friday.

Tangerine feminist in charge; Vicki Oyston Blackpool chairman

Control of the game - at boardroom and touchline level -is no longer the preserve of men. In part two of our series, Phil Shaw meets a determined chairman while Adam Szreter talks to one member of a card- carrying elite

Bampton still has to break down barriers

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That's a bit rich

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