News Presenter Lorraine Kelly (third right) stands with 'Dagenham Women' members of the former machinists plant at Ford Motor Company in Dagenham

They got up from their sewing machines and walked out on strike more than forty years ago, but today the Dagenham women machinists who fought for equal pay were awarded the ‘Good Housekeeping’ Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award.

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BBC bosses were today hoping to repeat the success of former One Show presenter Christine Bleakley by unveiling a replacement who even looks like her.

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Long-running morning slot GMTV is to drop its name in a £1.5 million shake-up.

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Penny Smith bid a tearful farewell to her GMTV job today as she bowed out after 17 years on the sofa.

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Suddenly this election is hilarious. In David Cameron's broadcast he looked as if he was about to say: "Look, I mean it's NOT FAIR, I was MEANT to be Prime Minister and we were winning and having a baby and EVERYTHING and now you've RUINED it Clegg you beastly thing I HATE you," and start crying, while George Osborne handed him a hankie, then looked into the camera and said "NOW look what you've done. Vote Conservative on May 6th." When they can keep calm, the Tory argument against voting Lib Dem seems to be, "Look, you idiots, there's no point in letting him win, can't you see he can't win?"

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Ofcom is looking into complaints after a midwife suggested during a TV debate that breast milk may not be any better for older children than drinking cola.

Leading article: Brief lives

Is a publishing era coming to an end? As we report today, the bottom appears to have fallen out of the celebrity memoir market. Autumn sales are down. And some bookshops are even reportedly planning to boycott Katie Price's fourth autobiography in five years.

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Obituary: Rod Hull

TELEVISION IS a great consumer of talent. It uses people up and then spits them out into the oblivion of panto and seaside piers. Rod Hull, the children's entertainer known to millions throughout the Seventies and Eighties for his manic act with the anarchic puppet Emu, a bad-tempered and aggressive blue and yellow bird, provides a cautionary tale. He rose to the top of his profession but fell from grace because of over-exposure, mismanagement and his own naive nature.

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