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While he is guilty of some misjudgements, he has also suffered some very bad luck and been let down by some naive and disgracefully fickle supporters

Diary: Cross-dressed for success?

As the popular face (sorry, Nick) of the Yes to AV campaign, Eddie Izzard has demonstrated a common touch that Miliband (E) can only dream of, Martin Luther King-like. So let us put scepticism aside for a second to welcome the restatement of Izzard's political ambitions: this week, the comic told Sky News that he still intends to run as a Labour candidate for Parliament, the European Parliament or Mayor of London in 2020, or thereabouts. Winning a Commons seat would, of course, make Izzard the first ever transvestite MP. Or, at least, the first one to admit it.

Interest rates on hold amid fears economy is stalling

Worst drop in growth since Lehman failure

Fifa royal wedding bribe claim denied

Prince William's spokesman has rejected claims by a Fifa member that he was invited to the royal wedding as an enticement to vote for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

Next sales get a boost from Royal Wedding and Easter

Royal wedding fever and the Easter sun helped Next post a surprise jump in sales and saw the clothing retailer raise profit forecasts for the full year.

Prince William denies using royal wedding invite as World Cup bribe

Prince William's spokesman today rejected claims by a FIFA member that he was invited to the Royal wedding as an enticement to vote for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

Weather and royal wedding boost Next profits

Clothing retailer Next lifted its full-year profit hopes today after warm weather and the royal wedding bank holiday encouraged customers to spend.

Letter from the editor: Your country needs you!

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