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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee