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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Just what the doctor ordered: Could Cornwall be leading a revolution in hospital food?

After a patient complained about a sandwich, three Cornish hospitals found a way to serve fresh, locally sourced food – all within the NHS budget. Why can't other health trusts follow suit?

My secret life: Henry Holland

Fashion designer, 25

Aprons on – it's time to make lunch and save some money

Saving money is not just about targeting the biggest expenses in your life. Taking one fewer holiday or getting rid of your cable TV could put hundreds of pounds back into your pocket each year. However, meaningful savings can also be made by targeting the small items – such as takeaway coffees and sandwiches – which over a year can cost you much more than you might think.

Restaurants to display food calorie counts

High street chains sign up to government scheme aimed at tackling obesity

Hurrah for the credit munch

Limp, shop-bought sandwiches are out. Exotic, home-made salads are in. Sales of lunch boxes are soaring as workers pack their own. By Rachel Shields

M&S sandwiches have more fat than Big Mac and chips

Sandwiches are not always a healthy fast-food option: some contain more fat than two McDonald's cheeseburgers; others contain as much salt as several packets of crisps.

Summer blues fail to wilt salad greens

You have to admire Vincent McKevitt, this year's recipient of the Courvoisier 'Future 500' One to Watch award, though few of us will be green with envy. Still in his salad days, the 28-year-old entrepreneur is defying the economic downturn and the washout of the British summer in his bid to become the king of healthy fast food – taking on the likes of Pret a Manger with his chain of salad bars, Tossed.

Pizza and pasta chains 'use tips to top up' wages for waiters

Britain's biggest restaurant group was accused yesterday of increasing its profits by using tips from customers at two of its high street "pizza and pasta" chains to top up the earnings of waiting staff to ensure they are paid the minimum wage.

Exposed: the hygiene scandal on the high street

Restaurants run by some of Britain's largest food chains are failing to meet basic legal hygiene standards, an investigation by The Independent has found.

Destination Dubai: EAT auction hots up

Middle East investors are believed to have tabled an interest in EAT, the sandwich chain that is expected to fetch around £150m when it is sold later in the year.

Bidders tempted to bite into Eat

Eat, the sandwich chain with 85 outlets, will be holding a beauty parade of corporate advisers next month to prepare for a sale which could value it up to £150m.

Pret a Manger chain soldto private equity firm Bridgepoint in £350m deal

Pret a Manger was finally gobbled up by the private equity firm Bridgepoint yesterday in a deal which valued the 200-strong sandwich chain at £345m including debt.

Ben Warner: 'We don't much like financiers' ... but he'll do them a sandwich

Benugo delis have become a hotspot for City staff and culture lovers. But its co-founder warns Simon Evans not to mention carrot sticks
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links