News George Osborne is said to have paid £100 an hour to be trained by a Harley Street vocal specialist during his days as shadow Chancellor

George Osborne is said to have paid £100 an hour to be trained by a Harley Street vocal specialist during his days as shadow Chancellor, to help him sound weighty and authoritative. But did he get his money’s worth? After listening to the Chancellor’s speech on Monday, the Labour MP Jamie Reed seemed to think not. He tweeted: “Can someone please reintroduce Osborne to ‘t’ as a consonant? Cos I godda dell ya, that speech made me wanna scream.”

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Time and weather have been cruel to much of Britain's Roman past. But at South Shields, there is a wonderful opportunity to look up, not down, at our classical heritage, writes

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Whitley Bay are not exactly looking forward to their three and a half hour trip to Crosby tomorrow for their North Second Division game, but it is nothing compared with the journey Clifton, last year's Cup finalists, will have to make to Northumberland to play them in the women's EHA Cup fourth-round tie on Sunday.

Letter: Turn it up - it's Mandelson!

Maybe Mr Mandelson has inherited his arrogance from his maternal grandfather, Herbert Morrison, who was a minister in the post-war Attlee government. It was Morrison, after all, who boasted that the Tories would never be able to "unscramble" the newly nationalised industries.

North and South tussle over fate of gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels are becoming to the North-East of England what the Elgin marbles represent to Greece.

Factory worker wins RSI damages

A former clothing factory worker whose job left her permanently disabled and in constant pain was last night celebrating a pounds 54,000 award. Sewing machinist Michelle Hardy, 26, of Jarrow, south Tyneside, won the out-of-court settlement after Claremont Garments accepted liability for the tenosynovitis - repetitive stress injury - which has prevented her from working since 1991.

Threats to RSPCA man

An RSPCA inspector is being rehoused as "a matter of urgency" after his anti-animal cruelty work led to threats of violence.

Anglian claims tax will hit bills

Anglian Water, one of the largest privatised water companies, yesterday accused the Government of dishonesty over claims the windfall utility tax would not lead to higher customers bills.

Obituary: Ossie O'Brien

Ossie O'Brien was an MP for 11 weeks and one day. Yet, during the Darlington by-election, the curtain-raiser to the 1983 general election, and in his fleeting days as an MP he won the affection of his colleagues. Roy Hattersley described him as the best by-election candidate of the decade.

Ex-Labour MP dies, 77

The former Labour MP Ted Leadbitter, 77, has died after a road accident.

Race bias win for white man

A white worker was unlawfully discriminated against by a racial equality council which gave a post for which he was better qualified to an Asian woman, it was disclosed last night.

Racing: `Lazy' Daley at the double

Victories by Aly Daley (6-1) and Tom Brodie (7-4) made it three wins in two racing days for Crook, Co Durham, trainer Howard Johnson.

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Letter: Army guns blight Northumberland

Sir: One questions whether Stephen Goodwin has ever visited the wilder parts of Northumberland. How can the area of "rolling moorland" around Otterburn Ranges be thought to rival the sweep of Hadrian's Wall with its loughs and crags, or the hills and dales around the Cheviot? There is open public access to the ranges during the whole of the lambing season (15 April to 15 May) but few people take advantage of this. There are much greater attractions elsewhere in this lovely county, both inside and out of the national park.

Letter: Just relax

Sir: Bernice Weston's Age Power (report, 4 July) seems hardly more than an attempt to market manic activity as an elixir. When over the hill you do indeed gather speed. You also get a clear view of what is at the bottom. If the over-fifties feel bad about the future it is because they simply regret the human condition, not that there is insufficient to do. I strongly advise them to avoid this fatuous enterprise and recover the innate human aptitude for indolence.
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