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

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.

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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

Amid all the changes that football has undergone in recent years, one of the most significant has been the growing involvement of women, who are playing an increasingly active role in all areas of the game. In the first part of a series reflecting the change, Guy Hodgson talks to two players about the increasing popularity of women's football
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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

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Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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