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

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

How scandal dogged Margaret Moran's career

The scandal that has dogged Margaret Moran's political career has left her a shadow of her former self.

Labour MP Denis MacShane was awarded £32,500

Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane says sorry to Rotherham constituency

Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane has said sorry to his former constituents in Rotherham, saying: “I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down so very badly.”

By-election to replace disgraced MP Denis MacShane to be held in three weeks

A by-election to replaced disgraced MP Denis MacShane will be held in three weeks.

Coal Miners return to the surface after finishing a shift at Maltby

Another blow for Britain's coal mining

One of the country's last-remaining deep pits is to close, as the beleaguered industry shrinks still further

Hargreaves Services announce plans to mothball Maltby coal mine in Rotherham

The closure of one of the country's last remaining deep coal mines came a step closer today when the owners proposed that the site be mothballed.

Former Labour MP Denis MacShane right to resign, says Ed Miliband

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane was “right” to step down from Parliament after being condemned for abusing expenses rules, the party's leader Ed Miliband said today.

Editorial: A pro-Europe voice that will be missed

It is no compliment to Denis MacShane to say that he did not prolong the agony. Found to have falsified his parliamentary expenses claims, he had a choice between the penalty imposed by the Standards and Privileges Committee – a year's suspension from office – and resignation. He chose the latter, which at least ensures that his constituents will be represented in Parliament, once the by-election has been held. Mr MacShane could also face prosecution; the police are – rightly – looking at the evidence again.

FA Cup preview: Cobblers to oust tired Bantams

Bradford performed heroics against Premier League opposition in the Capital One Cup in midweek but it could come at the expense of their FA Cup aspirations at Northampton on Saturday. Take some of the 7/4 on Aidy Boothroyd's men bringing them back down to earth with a bump.

No way through: Aly Muldowney of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Julien Bonnaire of Clermont Auvergne

Exeter learn a hard lesson after leading the way

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Rotherham manager Steve Evans

League Two preview: Rotherham will welcome the return of Steve Evans

Steve Evans completes his six-match stadium ban this weekend and, unlike the rest of League Two, we reckon his Rotherham players will be longing for the loudmouth Glaswegian's return after the visit of Southend. Take the 9/4 available on Paul Sturrock's men in the draw no bet market.

United Carpets warns of closures

United Carpets today became the latest high street casualty as it warned of “significant” store closures after its main trading arm collapsed into administration.

Legacy of a gentle rose cut down in hate

Why did drunken teens kill a young goth?

No Pain No Gain: Farewell to an old friend, but we're still ahead

The no pain, no gain portfolio has been forced to sell the shares of Hargreaves Services, the coal-to-transport group, following their fall to 700p last week. Earlier this year, the price comfortably exceeded 1,200p and I was happily congratulating myself on picking such an outstanding stock. Then came a profits warning – and many shareholders watched miserably as their rewards evaporated.

Michael Gove allegedly overruled advice not to sell off a school's playing fields in return for the local Tory council funding a controversial free school in the same borough

Michael Gove accused of wasting money on free schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove was accused today of wasting millions of pounds of public money on “pet projects which do not benefit pupils”.

High streets get £5.5m under Portas plan

The Government will today unveil a £5.5m package of support to help revive nearly 400 ailing high streets and the latest 15 towns to be awarded pilot status under the recommendations made by the retail expert Mary Portas.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

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