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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.

EasyJet passengers overflow at Gatwick South Terminal
The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

How much do MPs really spend on their hair? David Cameron's Coiffeur V The Commons

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

Simon Calder: New frontiers in low-cost travel

The man who pays his way

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

When did you last go on a plane journey that wasn’t completely full?

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

Forecasters predict temperatures could hit 27C in the South East of England

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas