News George Osborne has been accused of burying a 'stealth cut' in the Autumn statement

More than three million low-income families risk missing out on the economic recovery even if wages start to keep pace with inflation, according to an analysis for The Independent.

Jonny Marray (right) and Freddie Nelsen were surprise winners at Wimbledon

Jonny Marray aiming to cash in with another double delight

Britain's men's doubles Wimbledon champion is relishing prospect of appearing at O2 next week

Teenagers on murder charge

A girl aged 14 and a boy aged 16 have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy.

Team GB's discus thrower Abdul Buhari moved from a tough Brixton estate to working in finance thanks to his Olympic aspirations

Team GB's discus thrower Abdul Buhari says Olympic challenge transformed his life

Team GB's Abdul Buhari says that setting his sights on the Olympics changed his life and helped him move from a tough Brixton estate to working in finance.

Runner Martyn Rooney who's local borough was ransacked by rioters last year

Team GB's Martyn Rooney aims to succeed in the face of London rioters

Runner Martyn Rooney has said he will make his Olympic performance count a year after rioters devastated his local borough of Croydon. 

High streets get £5.5m under Portas plan

The Government will today unveil a £5.5m package of support to help revive nearly 400 ailing high streets and the latest 15 towns to be awarded pilot status under the recommendations made by the retail expert Mary Portas.

Doctor showing Team GB how to conquer the fear factor of home Games

Marco Cardinale promotes unity and team ethic to inspire athletes

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Heptathlete Jessica Ennis competes in the javelin in Loughborough on Saturday

I've done all I can do, says Olympic hope Jessica Ennis after last warm-up

Toni Minichiello, the man who has coached Jessica Ennis since she was 11, professed himself reasonably satisfied after the Sheffield heptathlete completed her final competitive outing before the Olympic Games on Saturday.

Cameron hails independent schools athletes

Independent schools have provided “more than their fair share” of Britain's medal-winning athletes, Prime Minister David Cameron said today as he visited the Team GB training camp ahead of the London Olympics.

Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng will be the first Briton to play in an All-Stars game tonight

NBA All-Star Luol Deng headlines Team GB basketball squad

NBA All-Star Luol Deng has been named to headline Great Britain's Olympic basketball squad.

Daniel Sturridge, 22, Chelsea

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admits Olympics is not ideal

Roberto di Matteo admits having pre-season disrupted by the Olympics is not ideal, but hopes his Chelsea players selected make the most of the experience.

Fans cheer Olympic torchbearer Gary Lineker

The Olympic Torch travelled by train, boat and was even flown briefly into the air by a jetpack today, with former footballer Gary Lineker among the torchbearers as the flame continued its tour of the country.

The science of being a commercial success

Turning the joy of a scientific breakthrough into a viable product requires the skill and experience of a hard-nosed businessman

Postgraduate Diary

Daniella Kerson is pursuing her love for language and English literature

McNamara has healthy squad for Exiles Test

The England coach, Steve McNamara, has reported a clean bill of health for Saturday's International Origin Test against the Exiles at Langtree Park.

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