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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Wednesday 01 May 2013
A lack of travellers – and trains – has left some parts of the rail network surprisingly idle
Sunday 17 March 2013
Friday 15 March 2013
HMRC could close all 281 of its enquiry centres, putting 1,300 jobs at risk, as part of a move to save £13m a year.
Monday 04 March 2013
Fresh signs of a thaw in Britain's economy emerged from jobs figures that showed the number of new posts in the UK rose by 12 per cent last month.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
His very name anticipates the role to which he is summoned, just 13 days from now, and even punters made to regret taking short odds about the hot favourite would surely find it in their own hearts to admire the mighty one housed in the chest of Overturn.
Sunday 27 January 2013
Middlesbrough 2 Aldershot 1
Atos told incontinent woman to 'wear nappy': Firm condemned by MPs for pressuring sick and disabled into returning to work
Thursday 17 January 2013
Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of Commons was told today.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
A benefits cheat who claimed he could barely walk has been jailed after he was caught working as a leisure centre fitness instructor.
Friday 04 January 2013
147,000 meals left unserved in 2011-12 by one NHS trust
Thursday 03 January 2013
Two people have been hospitalised after a footbridge over a river collapsed in North Yorkshire.
Wednesday 26 December 2012
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a grandmother was found dead in her home on Christmas Eve, police have said.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Jim Alder was the man who got Neil Black into athletics and who guided him, as his coach, to victories over Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe. The 72-year-old has long been an inspirational figure in the North-east, the trailblazer who paved the way for Brendan Foster, Mike McLeod, Charlie Spedding and Cram – all Olympic medal winners.
Friday 30 November 2012
England striker not even making bench
Monday 15 October 2012
A civilian detention officer has been cleared of assaulting a prisoner at a police station after an appeal.
Monday 15 October 2012
A student who ended up stuck in a tree after falling 3,000ft (914m) when his canopy failed to open on his very first parachute jump was “very fortunate”, firefighters have said.
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