News Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock

Mike Hancock was suspended from the party this week following leak of unpublished report into his conduct

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, must decide if he will appease traditionalists

Senior Anglican condemns gay bishops as a compromise too far

Statement significantly ratchets up fallout between liberals and conservative over the thorny issue of homosexuality

Bug spoils Christmas for 100,000

Around 100,000 people were struck down with the winter vomiting bug over Christmas – a rise of 72 per cent on the year before.

Norovirus the food poisoning bug that causes violent stomach flu

Revealed: 100,000 were struck down with vomiting bug over Christmas

Around 100,000 people were struck down with the winter vomiting bug over Christmas, latest figures suggested as it emerged the number of confirmed cases was 72% higher than this time last year.

Vincent del Bosque on Michu (pictured): 'Michu has long been performing at a high level and what he has accomplished in England is not easy'

Swansea waiting on Michu fitness ahead of Aston Villa match

Striker missed 2-1 victory over Fulham

Town hall chiefs slam coalition over cuts

The coalition is facing a damaging double-pronged assault from town hall chiefs who feel they are being unfairly punished by cuts in local government spending.

Harriet Walker: Whatever happened to New Year karma?

I never know what I'm going to do on New Year's Eve. That is, I can take a very vague guess: what I presume I will do is lie around for most of the day, then go somewhere, get drunk, wonder what all the fuss was about and go to sleep fully clothed round my friend's house.

Alan Pardew has seen his side slump since signing a new deal

Newcastle form not acceptable says Alan Pardew

Magpies have struggled to replicate form of last season

Matija Nastasic relishing first taste of England's busy Christmas schedule

Manchester City youngster Matija Nastasic is relishing his first taste of England's traditionally busy Christmas fixture schedule.

The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year

Norovirus Q&A: Bah humBUG... soap is key defence against scourge of Christmas present

The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year – but with a little care the chances of succumbing to it can be reduced. By Jeremy Laurance

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins coy over Adam Lallana injury

Captain will miss this weekend's game

Norovirus the food poisoning bug that causes violent stomach flu

Norovirus: Vomiting bug cases are up by 80 per cent

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus is 83 per cent higher than the same time last year

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini desperately tries to return the winning mentality to his faltering Manchester City team

Italian changes his tune as he struggles to revive title challenge but public rift with Nasri and Hart piles on the pressure ahead of trip to Newcastle

Hatem ben Arfa was in inspirational form before his injury

Injury to Ben Arfa sours Newcastle's progress

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Passenger helps to land 747 jet

A passenger helped to land an aircraft diverted to Dublin Airport after its co-pilot fell ill.

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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

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

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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

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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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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

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