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Matthew Campling battled against an eating disorder for years. But like John Prescott, he felt too ashamed to admit it. Now he's helping others to face their demons

James Lawton in Paris: Wilkinson's past glories overshadowed by brightness of French rugby revolution

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Newcastle offer a helping hand to aid troubled Gascoigne

Kevin Keegan said yesterday that Newcastle United "will do everything we can as a club to help" Paul Gascoigne. The 40-year-old former Newcastle midfielder was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on Thursday following an incident at a Newcastle hotel and appears to have hit rock bottom in his post-playing personal life. But Keegan said the latest development was "a positive".

Tories warn firms bidding for ID card scheme: 'We will scrap the whole idea'

The Tories have moved to sabotage the Government's national identity card scheme a year before its launch.

Blunkett refuses to rule out a return to Brown's cabinet

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Artist known as Gazza becomes 'G8'

Prince Once became a squiggle, while Madonna recently declared that she is now Esther. Now Paul Gascoigne - the artist formerly known for being daft as a brush - will henceforth be known as "G8".

Gazza goes the distance - and it's so touching

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Cover Stories: Clinton's publicity machine; Pamela Anderson's literary debut; <i>Bookseller</i>'s editor leaves

As Bill Clinton touched down for two days of whirlwind publicity for My Life, he found himself sandwiched in the charts between two other memoirs, of Paul Gascoigne and Katie Price, aka "Jordan".

'Plumber' tribunal descends further into chaos

The debacle surrounding the tribunal of Paul "The Plumber" Davidson deepenedagain yesterday, as it emerged that one of the tribunal members and the head of the Financial Services Authority's Regulatory Decisions Committee had talked about the case before it began last Monday.

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