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Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

David Blunkett: 'We can afford it because otherwise, down the road, the cost of caring for dementia will be enormous'

In a time of shrinking budgets and austerity, David Blunkett advocates... microfinance. But why?

Our diarist notes the former Home Secretary retains a sense of irony

Adam Le Fondre completed Reading's comeback

Reading's Adam Le Fondre puts Manchester United loyalties aside

United travel to Reading this weekend

Ed Miliband: The Labour leader has said that he is a ‘conviction politician’

The importance of being earnest (if you look like Ed Miliband and want to be Prime Minister)

Our diarist says that the Labour leader is an unusual looking fellow at the best of times. What significance will the public attach to that fact at the next election?

Where to find the best secondary schools, as rated by Ofsted

Here is a table giving the percentages of pupils attending good or outstanding secondary schools by local authority area in England.

Neil and Christine Hamilton with Ukip candidate Jane Collins in Rotherham

Hamiltons come to town with Ukip candidate as Eurosceptics pin their hopes on a Rotherham Spring

“I would love to win but I’m a realist. That’s why I’m in Ukip, which is about straight talking”

Ukip leader Nigel Farage believes his party will soon attract big-money donors

The idea of an electoral pact with Ukip is crazy. Tories should take on Nigel Farage, not woo him

A broad range of factors has taken the party from the political fringes to a major force. But Cameron knows it would be mad, impracticable, and philosophically incoherent

Ukip foster care couple 'surprised' at lack of apology from Rotherham council after it removed children from their care

A couple who had three foster children removed from their care because of their membership of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) have said they are surprised they have had no apology from the council involved.

Editorial: Ukip cannot solve the Tories' Europe problem

Through no particular merit of its own, the UK Independence Party (Ukip) is suddenly basking in the sort of sympathetic coverage that may never come its way again. The decision of Rotherham social services to remove children from a foster family, apparently because they deemed the parents' membership of the Eurosceptic party incompatible with fostering children from elsewhere in Europe, drew howls of indignation from all mainstream parties and from a public, rightly, hostile to fostering being politicised.

Council will investigate why children were removed from Rotherham foster family who were Ukip members after Michael Gove and Ed Miliband weigh in to row

A council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of Ukip is to hold an investigation into the decision, it said today.

League Two preview: Daggers can feast on Cod

Micky Mellon was left perplexed by Fleetwood's shock derby defeat at home to Accrington in midweek and, as much as he would like to believe the result was a one-off, we reckon more of the same could follow when the Cod Army make the monster journey down to Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Steel giant Tata to cut 900 jobs

Steel giant Tata is cutting 900 jobs and closing 12 sites under plans to improve competitiveness, the firm announced today.

Victims of child sex abuse falling through the net because of a pre-occupation with Asian men targeting white girls

Victims of child sex abuse are falling through the net because of a pre-occupation with Asian men targeting white girls can mean that investigators ignore other forms of abuse, the deputy children’s commissioner has warned.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook

League Two preview: Back a basement blockade

Paul Cook might have his work cut out winning over the Chesterfield dressing room and we see more problems ahead for the Spireites when they host improving Oxford United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Take some of the 11/8 available on Oxford (draw no bet).

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws

League One preview: Trust long arm of Brian Laws

After two years in the managerial wilderness, Brian Laws isn't hanging about in his bid to turn things around at Scunthorpe and we think there's some value to be found in the 19/10 quotes about the resurgent Iron taking maximum points against high-flying Notts County in League One on Saturday.

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