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Mike Hancock was suspended from the party this week following leak of unpublished report into his conduct

Peter Bills: Dwindling interest a concern for southern hemisphere rugby

It’s a sign of the times in southern hemisphere rugby.

Studio has last laugh as 'Hangover' sequel puts critics in their place

Amid the critical scorn marking the release of The Hangover Part II last Thursday, one American writer suggested that the movie was the apogee of a new "mutant sub-genre" of film: the jokeless comedy. Fast forward to Monday morning though, and such reviews could hardly have looked any more irrelevant, at least as far as the bosses and bean counters at Warner Bros studios were concerned.

The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season at El Bulli, By Lisa Abend

Waiter! Waiter! There's the blood, sweat and tears of a 'stagiaire' in my soup

Business plan hold-up adds to uncertainty over Health Bill

There is further uncertainty around the Government's reforms to the controversial Health Bill after it delayed publishing an expected business plan for the Department of Health.

Brain injury: My life, interrupted

Ellie Johnson was returning from a university ball when a horrific car accident changed everything. She describes the long road back to a normal life

I will always be available when England need, says Wilshere

Jack Wilshere is determined to play for England at this summer's European Under-21 Championship, insisting: "I will never say no to my country."

Jack Wilshere vows to play for England Under-21s

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has vowed to play for England at this summer's European Under-21 Championship, insisting: "I will never say no to my country."

Households face 'worst year for finances since 1977'

The typical household will see its disposable income fall by 2 per cent this year, the equivalent of £780, one of Britain's best-known economists warned today, and will have to wait until 2015 to see its finances recover to the peak seen at the end of 2009.

Jose Mourinho cordial ahead of Barcelona semi-final

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insists there are no favourites heading into tomorrow's Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona.

We are the underdogs says Guardiola after rampant Real hit six

David Villa's return to goalscoring form has provided a much-needed lift to Barcelona and coach Pep Guardiola, whose defensive problems have been compounded again by injuries to Gabriel Milito and Maxwell.

Business Diary: Goldman oils the way for price drop

Some good news for drivers for once – the oil price has fallen this week.

Sloane Crosley: ‘I do say sorry when I slam into strangers in the street, but I don’t mean it'

I body-checked two people this week. This isn't a new habit either. It's something I like to do when I want to elevate my feelings about other people's poor street etiquette from "passive" to "straight-up aggressive".

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