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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

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The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

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David Cameron pays £90 a time; Nick Clegg has gone to £45. But for many MPs it’s a point of pride to pay as little as possible. We comb Westminster to find out whose haircuts cost what

There were more than 21 million visits to A&E units last year

Some NHS patients 'attending overstretched A&Es more than 50 times a year'

One person visited accident and emergency 234 times in a single year

Missing priest found dead in supermarket car park

Police say the body of Father Joseph Williams had been lying unnoticed for three days

1 in every 105 households in England at risk of repossession or eviction

Newham in London named worst 'hotspot'

Supporters of Mr Isa Muaza, who is being held in the medical unit at the Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow, described his treatment as 'inhuman'

Hunger-striking asylum seeker Isa Muaza back in UK after botched removal in private jet

Lawyers for a gravely-ill Nigerian hunger striker are to make a fresh attempt to halt his deportation after he endured a botched removal from Britain involving a 20-hour flight on a private jet hired at a cost of up to £110,000.

EasyJet is Britain’s biggest airline by passenger numbers

EasyJet profits soar by 51% as budget airline reaches new heights

Low-cost airline easyJet's annual profits soared 51 per cent today, after efforts to attract more business passengers saw more 60 million passengers board their aircrafts for the first time.

The 47-year-old man was stabbed in his home on Wellfield Avenue, Luton

Man stabbed multiple times in his home by burglars

The 47-year-old, who was attacked when he confronted burglars in Luton, is said to be in a serious but stable condition

Wild frontier: the only crossing between Russia and Norway

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An English Defence League supporter

'What we’re really against is extremism...': The complex world of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson revealed

Recent encounters caused Eric Randolph to modify his view of the man and his party - as it emerges that 30-year-old was holding discussions with former jihadi who has himself renounced fundamentalism

Murdered Luton teenager died from stab wound to the heart

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident and are appealing for witnesses

Rachel Manning murder: Man jailed for killing 19-year-old woman 11 years after former boyfriend wrongly convicted of her killing

Shahidul Ahmed was ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years in prison

A lost age of flying with glamour

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The great Bank Holiday weekend getaway: Over 6 million to make trips at home and abroad

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The Conversation: Actor Daniel Mays on financial struggles, being a workaholic and taking on a new project at the Donmar

"My agent says, "Turn stuff down". But I always think someone's going to tap me on the shoulder and say, "Your time's up"

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