New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Market Report: Ladbrokes gains as Footsie loses its way

The prospect of higher earnings kept Ladbrokes on a firm footing as the wider market struggled to find direction last night.

100 Magic Moments of the Turf, by Graeme Roe

Having written a quartet of well-regarded racing thrillers, Graeme Roe has swapped fiction for fact with this collection of reminiscences from a high-class field of folk talking about their days to remember.

SlackBelly: Battle of the lawyers, but they're not in court

The City Snitch: The good, the bad and the ugly of the Square Mile

Investment Column: Hold Reed Elsevier as a longer-term punt

Ladbrokes; Morgan Crucible

Zaynar beats a Champion retreat

Henderson's Festival favourite routed at 1-14 in Morebattle trial

New Look turns tail on sale and plumps for £1.7bn flotation next month

Fashion retailer will have net debt of £450m after IPO

Big Zeb sizes up Cheltenham hopes

Fragile Irish challenger roars back from Sandown disaster with victory at Punchestown

Market Report: Traders bet on more gains at William Hill

Bookmakers were were in focus last night, with William Hill and Ladbrokes advancing as traders studied the scope for further gains.

Business Diary: Hester's civil service friends show the way

Was Stephen Hester expecting a rough ride from journalists or the public on arrival at yesterday's Treasury Select Committee hearing? If so, the RBS boss has discovered that working for the Government does have some advantages – with the help of staff at the Commons, Mr Hester was ushered in through a back entrance to the committee room, thereby avoiding the crowds.

Basshunter 'too clingy' says Big Brother housemate Katia

Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Katia Ivanova has said she dumped DJ Basshunter because he was "too clingy".

David Prosser: Bookies' payback time

Outlook You win some, you lose some. The decimalisation of betting odds, unveiled this week, was seen as good news for bookies, enabling them to make a few pennies by offering meaner starting prices. Yesterday, however, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced less welcome news: a move to tighter regulation of online gambling offered to Britons by offshore operators.

Commuters face chaos as more snow is forecast

Commuters can expect travel chaos tomorrow after forecasters predicted significant snowfall in the South-east of England. The Met Office issued a 24-hour severe weather warning for Friday, saying that travel networks might be affected.

Betfair and William Hill target India

Foreign operators bid for licence in Indian state to grab share of $60bn market

Market Report: 'Rush for yield' lifts real-estate sector

The City was in buoyant mood as the blue chips shrugged off three negative sessions to hit a year high, ensuring that the 22nd anniversary of Black Monday passed without incident.

Market Report: Merger speculation sends Helphire higher

Helphire Group specialises in providing assistance to those involved in road accidents, mainly through renting vehicles to motorists whose cars are being repaired. Its shares were given a helping hand of their own yesterday amid speculation the company was set for a takeover approach by an unnamed suitor. The shares didn't rise to the 80p gossips had assigned to the bid, but still closed up a healthy 8.6 per cent at 60p. The rise also marks a recovery following Helphire's news of a swing to a full-year £149m loss last week.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing