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A veteran Tory MP last night announced he would be stepping down at the next general election. Richard Ottaway, the MP for Croydon South, told his constituency party: “I feel now is the right time to call it a day.”

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In the past 25 years, there has not been another trade union leader as famous as Arthur Scargill. By the mid-1980s, there was hardly an adult in the United Kingdom who could not name the president of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Millions to vote in police chief elections

Voting takes place next month in marathon polls to pick 41 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in England - outside London - and Wales.

Murali Kartik: Accused of unsporting behaviour after running out Alex Barrow

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Gareth Batty, the Surrey captain, last night apologised for his role in sparking extraordinary scenes at Taunton yesterday when the Somerset batsman, Alex Barrow, was run out at the non-striker's end in a so-called “Mankading” dismissal executed by Surrey's Indian left-arm spin bowler, Murali Kartik.

Bedford’s Geoff Irvine says teams cannot afford to get promoted

Skewed finances leave Championship a poor second best

News of the agonising decision facing poor old Theo Walcott – the Arsenal player who can barely sleep at night, worrying whether he might sell himself catastrophically short by signing a new contract worth a mere £75,000 a week – puts the second tier of English rugby and its business model into some kind of perspective.

County Championship round-up: Mitchell leads from front on fruitful day for Pears

Daryl Mitchell, the Worcestershire captain, carried his bat through a completed innings for the second time in his career as his side fought desperately for points in the only Championship cricket in the country yesterday.

England bowler Graeme Swann to miss rest of one-day series against South Africa

England spinner Graeme Swann has been rested for the last three matches of the NatWest one-day series against South Africa, with James Tredwell called up as cover.

Creswell Crags in Derbyshire sealed off after body found

A beauty spot popular with tourists has been sealed off by police after a woman's body was found in a river.

Kevin Pietersen blasted 163 from 186 balls in his latest big hundred for Surrey

County Championship round-up: Pietersen delivers timely reminder of supreme talent

His mouth and his texting fingers may let him down but when Kevin Pietersen allows his bat alone to do the talking it is difficult not to take notice and approve. Reduced to the ranks as a mere county player while his international future remains in the air, Pietersen marked his return to Championship action for Surrey at Taunton by hitting 163 off 168 balls against Somerset.

Kevin Pietersen set to miss out on World Twenty20 title defence

England seem sure to announce tomorrow that Kevin Pietersen will play no part in their World Twenty20 title defence.

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