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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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Poorest areas hit hardest by escalating childcare costs

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Ministers visits area hit by floods

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will visit the North East of England today as home-owners, businesses and the insurance industry count the cost of a major clean-up operation after freak storms hit the country.

Wage subsidies scheme moved forward

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Recall over flawed smear tests

About 1,000 women have been called back to a North East surgery amid concerns that smear tests taken over the past 24 years were botched, health officials said today.

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Savannah Marshall can dominate her sport for years to come after being crowned Great Britain's first women's boxing world champion here in China.

Beaches fly flag for England

An increasing number of England's beaches have won Blue Flag awards this year, bringing the country into the top 10 worldwide.

Body of missing boy, 8, discovered

Police have confirmed that a body found in a river is that of missing schoolboy Ian Bell.

Still no sign of eight-year-old boy after river plunge, hopes 'fading'

Police scouring a swollen river for a missing eight-year-old boy said hopes of finding him alive were "fading" as the operation stretched into a fourth day.

Five held over internet 'racism'

Five suspected far-right extremists were arrested by counter-terror detectives today after race-hate material was posted online.

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A tense eight-hour stand-off between a 40-year-old woman and armed police backed up by an army bomb disposal unit at a seaside town ended with her being arrested under the Mental Health Act last night.

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