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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.

Wetherspoon in £20m expansion

The pub chain JD Wetherspoon is creating 650 jobs in a £20m expansion involving 14 new pubs. The additional outlets, which are due to open in the next month, will take the chain to 822 pubs.

Second man held over bank siege

Detectives have arrested a second man over a high street bank bomb alert which sparked a three-hour stand-off with armed police.

EDL founder assault case dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a common assault case against the founder of the English Defence League (EDL), a court official said today.

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Bemusement at the scene of Cameron's address

"Why would you come here to do a speech on immigration?" asked 24-year-old Stacey Thornton, wheeling her son's pushchair through Romsey town square past a statue of Lord Palmerston – a man whose preferred method of dealing with trouble in the colonies was to park a gunboat off their shoreline by way of warning.

Simon Calder: Stansted's six degrees of travel desperation

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Luton joy over new Vauxhall van production

The next generation of Vauxhall's Vivaro van is to be built at its Luton factory, safeguarding the plant and over 1,000 jobs, it was announced tonight

Man charged with terror offences

A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing has been charged with terrorism offences, Strathclyde Police said today.

Extension for terror suspect quiz

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing.

Far-right group 'to become a political party'

English Defence League to hold talks this week on electoral plans

Conspiracy theories debunked on final day of 7/7 bombing inquest

The long inquest into London's worst terrorist attack ended yesterday with a plea for plain English and the debunking of some of the myths that have grown up around the bombings.

7/7 coroner attacks 'jargon'

The coroner in charge of the 7/7 inquests criticised emergency services bosses today for using too much jargon.

Adrian Sherwood: The man who built Jamaica in the Midlands

The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...'

Diary: The joke's on you, Ben

Ben Elton probably thought he'd escaped the sneers of anyone who has seen We Will Rock You, and plenty of people who haven't, when he fled Down Under two years ago to set up home in Fremantle with his Australian wife, Sophie. Sadly, that dream has died with the demise of his new comedy sketch show, Ben Elton: Live From Planet Earth, after a mere three episodes. However, I'd imagine that before the allegedly execrable programme ever reached the screen, Elton had ruffled some feathers by suggesting that what he'd "actually love to do is an all-Aussie sitcom. We do great drama in this country," he told an interviewer before the doomed launch of Live From Planet Earth, "but we haven't done a sitcom for a long time... You would have to look as far back as Mother and Son [which ended in 1994] as the last good one." One wonders what the creators of, say, critically acclaimed comedies Kath & Kim (2002-2008) and Summer Heights High (2007), made of Elton's short-lived attempt to enhance their nation's laughter industry.

Court defeat for Gove in school battle

Michael Gove suffered an embarrassing defeat in the High Court yesterday over his decision to scrap much of the previous Government's school building programme.

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