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Michael Gove slams heckling of schoolgirl at Labour Party conference

Michael Gove has branded “disgraceful” the way a schoolgirl was heckled at the Labour Party conference.

My Edinburgh: Virginia Ironside, Writer

I can't have been more than 10 when I first visited Edinburgh with my father, who'd designed the sets for a festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We stayed in the Old Waverley Hotel (which is still there) on Princes Street. The whole place was granite-coloured hell. Even the counters at Jenners (which is also still there) were manned by sour-faced old Edinburgh spinsters who looked shocked if you wished to be so extravagant as to purchase anything; the town rolled up its streets at nine at night.

London 2012: Doctor who treated 7/7 victims says Olympics has given him closure

A doctor who treated victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks said volunteering at the Olympics had given him closure on the tragic event seven years later.

Daniel Sturridge, 22, Chelsea

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge hopeful of making Olympics after contracting viral meningitis

Daniel Sturridge remains hopeful he will be able to play for Team GB at the London Olympics after undergoing hospital tests for suspected viral meningitis.

Michael Bond with his creation, Paddington Bear

One Minute With: Michael Bond, children's author

Where are you now and what can you see?

Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

Fernandes secures funding for third London hotel

Tony Fernandes, the boss of Air Asia and Formula One's Team Lotus team principal, has secured nearly £50m of funding to grow the UK franchise of his budget hotel chain.

AstraZeneca axes another 7,300 jobs worldwide

The pharmaceuticals industry was dealt a fresh blow today after AstraZeneca announced a further 7,300 job cuts amid warnings that its profits will slide this year.

Fares divide as North feels the pinch

The bus and train operator FirstGroup warned it is seeing a growing North-South divide yesterday, with the economic downturn taking an uneven toll on would-be passengers in harder-hit regions.

First Group prepares rail franchise bids

The Government has fired the starting gun on its £2bn train-franchising programme, asking operators to bid to run the Thameslink, Great Western and Essex Thameside routes for up to 15 years.

University lecturer Brian Dodgeon

Academic spared jail over drugs death

A university lecturer who admitted possessing a hoard of Class A drugs at his house where a schoolgirl died was spared jail today.

Paddington's owner runs short of cash

The media company which owns the rights to Paddington Bear, Noddy and the Mr Men is on the verge of administration after it failed to find new funds.

Rush-hour rail congestion worsening

Rush-hour overcrowding on trains in London and the South-east is worsening. Passengers for Paddington suffer the most, with an average of 18.5 per cent being forced to stand at morning peak times, and the busiest service is the 6.37am train from Reading. Outside of London, Leeds has the highest number of standard-class passengers without a seat, with 14 per cent standing on arrival at the city centre.

Rail overcrowding 'getting worse'

Rush-hour overcrowding on London and south-east England rail routes is worsening.

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