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.

Andy Murray Wimbledon win costs bookies £15m

Andy Murray’s historic victory at Wimbledon cost British bookmakers £15m, according to Ladbrokes.

Ross McEwan set to be confirmed as RBS boss

Britain's "other" state-backed lender, Royal Bank of Scotland, could have a new chief executive in place as soon as today. Talks are under way with regulators to secure approval for the promotion of its head of retail banking, Ross McEwan. He joined RBS, which is 81 per cent owned by the Government, last year.

Market Report: Switch by Samsung hurts Imagination

A decision out of South Korea to use microchips designed in Cambridge rather than Kings Langley in Hertfordshire caused Imagination Technologies to tumble to the bottom spot on the mid cap index yesterday.

Paul Hanagan and Anjaal (left) look like a perfect partnership

Anjaal primed to go the extra furlong

Neither trainer nor jockey has been in his service as long as others who could testify gratefully to the fidelity of their patron, but both left the sunshine and flowers of the July Course with optimism that Anjaal could yet seal their growing roles at the centre of Sheikh Hamdan's racing empire.

William Haggas saddles Dare To Achieve in the Bahrain Trophy

Sir John Hawkins can turn up heat at July Festival

For anyone who has wondered quite how the British Turf continues to seduce investment from the Gulf, perhaps a day at the July Festival at Newmarket might prove every bit as instructive as one spent among the pomp and pageantry of Ascot or Epsom. At a time of year when their homelands seem most arid, the sheikhs find themselves driven through avenues of trees between green paddocks to a racecourse full of shade and flowers. And if the quality of the sport is mixed, with plenty of maidens and handicaps as ballast to the elite contests, then there will be a corresponding air of relaxation over the next three afternoons – not least granted the benign weather forecast.

Bookmakers take a Wimbledon beating after Andy Murray’s stunning triumph

Andy Murray’s stunning Wimbledon triumph may have hit bookmakers for £15 million, but there were few signs of profit warnings from the UK’s biggest listed layers today.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton for the Princess Cruises naming ceremony

Duchess Of Cambridge launches last chance to speculate over royal baby

The media goes wild as Kate names a new cruise ship

Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel

Mahmood Al Zarooni withdraws appeal against eight-year training ban

Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses

Owner Sheikh Mohammed is severely embarrassed that some of his top horses are involved

Sheikh Mohammed furious over doping scandal as Newmarket stable is locked down

Trainer will stand before a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday afternoon

High street bookmakers to repay stakes placed on horses involved in Godolphin doping scandal

High street bookmakers are to repay stakes placed on horses caught up in one of the biggest doping scandals in British racing history.

The Miller family from ITV drama Broadchurch

Broadchurch final episode: Independent readers vote Joe Miller prime suspect

Joe Miller has been voted the prime Broadchurch suspect by Independent readers.

Book closed on Sam Warburton to captain Lions

The fierce debate over the British and Irish Lions captaincy in Australia this summer turned full circle when a leading bookmaker suspended betting on Sam Warburton, the Wales flanker, who started the season as red-hot favourite before drifting towards outsider status as injury and poor form undermined his candidacy.

William Hill gallops ahead as its system proves a winner

William Hill showed arch rival Ladbrokes a clean pair of heels today, reporting a boom in profits thanks to the success of its digital arm.

Ladbrokes bitten by Cheltenham favourites and big freeze

Bookmaker Ladbrokes took a pasting at the Cheltenham festival last month, and with 62 days of other race meetings lost to the freezing weather in the first quarter it warned profits this year will be at the lower end of forecasts.

Paul Nicholls with Silviniaco Conti, who runs in the Gold Cup today

James Lawton: Paul Nicholls has golden chance to end his nightmare Cheltenham wait

We can only imagine how long ago five years seems to brilliant trainer

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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