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.

Grands Crus looks a corker

The one contest at the Cheltenham Festival that had seemed a done deal still may, it seems, be open to negotiation. For the past two years the World Hurdle has been the domain of the mighty Big Buck's, not only unbeaten in his past 10 races but barely extended in most of them. But yesterday a credible pretender to his crown emerged as Grands Crus produced a startlingly impressive dress rehearsal over the three-mile championship course.

How the recession killed the high street

Where shops and pubs once thrived, now bookmakers and boarded up premises live

Derek Pain: Out with the old and in with the new ahead of year of opportunity

Iintend to make some significant changes to the no pain, no gain portfolio. The new year provides an ideal opportunity for such an exercise which will, I hope, allow my little collection of shares to face the vicissitudes that probably lie ahead.

Market Report: BA snowed in as the cold boosts energy stocks

Much like most of the country, it was the snow that dominated the blue-chip index yesterday. The extreme weather conditions pushed the utility companies up as the nation struggled to stay warm, but British Airways and the retailers were left out in the cold.

Shares in 888 soar as Ladbrokes mulls bid

Shares in the online gaming firm 888 surged yesterday after it confirmed talks about a possible bid from Ladbrokes, the bookmaker. However, the bookmaker was quick to deny that a price had been set and cautioned that it was by no means certain to take the plunge.

888 in play as rivals make approaches

The online gaming group 888 Holdings is set to reveal that it has received a number of takeover approaches, including an early stage proposal from Ladbrokes.

Darts: Shepherd gets the crook from Jones

Former finalist Kirk Shepherd suffered a first-round exit at the hands of 13th seed Wayne Jones in the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace last night.

Calm before snowstorm as Big Freeze eases

Britain will enjoy some brief respite from the worst December weather in nearly 30 years today, before temperatures plunge again for the rest of the month.

City punters put their money on Betfair

Shares in Betfair, the world's largest online betting exchange, are set to be priced at close to £14 when they debut on the stock market this week – valuing the company at nearly £1.5bn.

Bookie bars betting on the Booker after glut of wagers

A leading bookmaker has suspended betting on the Booker prize six days before the judges meet to decide the winner.

Investment Column: Randgold deserves its premium, so buy

Ladbrokes; BBA Aviation

Business Diary: Dudley follows Hayward's lead

So farewell Tony Hayward and hello Bob Dudley. The outgoing and incoming BP chief executives have one thing in common already: just as the bookies took large bets on Hayward being forced to quit, so too are punters backing Dudley not to last. Ladbrokes has just cut its odds on Dudley not surviving in his new role for more than two years from 8/11 to 4/9. "To say the role is a poisoned chalice is an understatement," says the bookmaker's spokesman Nick Weinberg.

Government to lose as bookies flee UK

Telephone and internet operations head offshore while betting shops suffer. Tax revenues could collapse, says James Moore

Market Report: Antofagasta gains ground as bulls eye higher prices

Antofagasta led the way last night as the FTSE 100 rounded off its best week in a year. The Chilean copper miner rose by 34.5p to 886p, while its sector peer Anglo American gained 10p to 2,422p after Goldman Sachs advised investors to pile in ahead of a surge in metals prices.

James Moore: Losing Streak (25/06/10)

Today's bet: England to win 1-0: 13-2 (Victor Chandler); England 12-1 to win on penalties, Germany 11-1 to win on penalties (Ladbrokes)

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