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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Mike Farrar has stepped down as chief executive to work as a consultant

NHS chief quits ahead of baby death inquiry

Mike Farrar has stepped down as NHS Confederation chief executive to work as a consultant

Five boys arrested after fire destroys Lancashire school

The fire at Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College broke out at around 4pm on Sunday

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X Factor judge Gary Barlow in Glasgow.

Gary Barlow offers to light up Blackpool after Danny O'Donoghue pulls out

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has offered to step in and perform at the turning on of the Blackpool Illuminations after The Voice star Danny O'Donoghue and his band pulled out.

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Simon Kerrigan is unlikely to play in the Oval Test but looks set for a tour place

The career of Simon Kerrigan

Simon Kerrigan was the surprise call-up into the 14-man England squad for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. The young Lancastrian might be uncapped for England across any format of the game, but the 24-year-old seemingly has the pedigree to make the step up.

Simon Kerrigan could win his first Test cap against Australia in the fifth Test at The Oval

Ashes 2013: Who is Simon Kerrigan? After uncapped Test spinner called up for England squad for fifth Ashes Test

All the information you need ahead of Test debut for the spinner

British bride found hanged in Gambia after African husband told her he is infertile

Simone Jabakhanji told family and friends she was fearful of Mohammed days before her death

Iain Duncan Smith defended the benefit caps

The real cost of benefits squeeze: £1,600 per family

Devastating research finds only one in eight households facing cuts will be able to find work

Hampshire edge T20 thriller

Hampshire scraped through to the Friends LifeT20 Finals Day with a one-run win over Lancashire at the Rose Bowl.

James Anderson celebrates after England retain the Ashes

Steward trampled by police horse during Preston v Blackpool pitch invasion

Blackpool manager Paul Ince furious at pitch invasion, as match steward treated in hospital for shoulder injury

Nick Compton's unbeaten 70 guided Somerset to a draw

County cricket: League leaders escape after rain frustrates Warwickshire

Warwickshire will not yet admit defeat but their chances of mounting a successful defence of their title certainly receded when a rain-wrecked final day at Headingley robbed them of an  opportunity to deal Yorkshire’s prospects a blow.

Prime Minister backs 'exciting' prospect of South East fracking

Spokesman says David Cameron supports energy minister Michael Fallon's comments on Sussex shale gas extraction, as long as it will not damage environment

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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