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Under-fire expenses watchdog quits

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Injured Southwell out of World Cup

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Ally McCoist remains confident despite Rangers loss

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Larsson leaves Rangers with an uphill task

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MPs in expenses probe will not be identified

The new Commons expenses watchdog is refusing to name MPs under investigation for dubious claims because it would be "unfair". The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which was brought in to clean up the discredited system, initially indicated that politicians would be identified when a formal probe was launched.

Deal for 11 Southern Cross homes

Eleven southern cross care homes in Scotland are to be taken over by Robert Kilgour, the Scottish businessman who founded Four Seasons Health Care in 1989.

Southern Cross pay cuts withdrawn

Planned redundancies and cuts in pay and conditions for staff at Southern Cross have been withdrawn following the shock news that the care homes giant is to shut down, it was revealed today.

One in five MPs still say receipts not necessary

Nearly a fifth of MPs do not believe they should have to provide receipts to back up expenses claims, according to a survey. And 23 per cent argue that no major changes were needed to the old Westminster allowances system – despite evidence of widespread abuse.

New regimental colours presented by Queen

The Queen presented new colours to the Royal Regiment of Scotland yesterday during a historic parade.

Clegg faces up to collapse of Lib Dem vote in Inverclyde

Nick Clegg was facing recriminations yesterday after the Liberal Democrats suffered their second by-election humiliation in four months.

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