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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Fulham miss chance to end long wait

Fulham 0 Chelsea 0

Mohamed plays the ladies' man

Fast-track defamation laws delayed after lawyers complain they `just wouldn't work'

GOVERNMENT PLANS to introduce judge-only libel trials have been postponed after the Lord Chancellor was warned that the new rules would create chaos.

Earl known as `Q' is refusing to pay Fayed libel costs

THE MAIN backer of Neil Hamilton's failed libel action set himself on collision course with the courts yesterday when he declared he would fight any attempt to make him pay Mohamed Al Fayed's costs.

Spare a thought for the rich and famous

PERHAPS, JUST for a few days, it is time to lay off celebrities. All year, their behaviour has made us wince, rage and laugh as they have strutted across newspapers, television screens and the steps of the High Court. Surely at this time of goodwill they should be allowed to be humble, private and human, like the rest of us.

Welcome to this tragi-comedy of self-deception

IF YOU were to write an epic novel set inside the Conservative Party over the past 20 years, Neil Hamilton would be your central character.

Tories In Crisis: Earl is revealed as `Q', the mystery donor to libel fund

HIS CODENAME is "Q", Lord Harris of High Cross said in a conspiratorial voice. "He is a peer of the realm, an independent and outstanding chap..." He is also, it emerged, one of the main contributors to the Hamilton legal fund.
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