Electrical chain Comet

125 more Comet stores to close

Staff at stricken electricals chain Comet were dealt a pre-Christmas blow today after administrators announced a further 125 stores will close.

All change at QPR: hello Harry Redknapp (left) and farewell Mark Hughes

Harry Redknapp appointed QPR manager after club sacks Mark Hughes

Rangers finally fired Hughes after a dismal run of form which has seen them fail to win any of their 12 Premier League games this season

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Promising career sunk by greed: rise and fall of Margaret Moran

Former MP who fiddled £53,000 in expenses judged unfit to stand trial

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Ex-MP Margaret Moran 'made £60,000 in false expenses claims and used elderly couple's address on fake invoice'

The former Labour MP Margaret Moran claimed nearly her full year’s allowance in a single false claim and even submitted expenses for an address that in fact belonged to an elderly couple, a jury has heard.

Flybe flight makes emergency landing following technical fault

The pilot of an airplane carrying 34 passengers had to turn off an engine before making an emergency landing after the aircraft developed a technical fault midair.

Rustic retreat: Roll-top bath in a Spacious room

B&B and Beyond: The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The people behind The Pig in the Forest have brought their luxury B&B concept to the seafront, says James Litston

Man responsible for making Titanic seaworthy had request for 50% more lifeboats knocked back, new documents reveal

Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down.

Shoppers at an EE store in Glasgow learn about 4G mobile phones

Mobile revolution or £4bn flop? First 4G network switches on

Britain finally gets superfast phone connections – but it will cost you extra to download hours of television

Fiona Phillips: Hero or Villain?

Britain has always been a nation obsessed by class, but last week we became obsessed by the classroom. First, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, made public his letter apologising to a former French teacher for his behaviour aged 15. Then the Government announced plans for tougher tests for teachers. And in between, there was the former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips's address to her old school.

Simon English: Number crunchers' 1% isn't too obvious down in Dagenham

Outlook: The double-dip is over, so the number-crunchers tell us. Over in Dagenham – a part of the world perhaps not regularly frequented by David Cameron unless there's a photo-op involved – there weren't too many champagne corks popping yesterday. The good folks of Dagenham have the sense to prefer Babycham anyway.

Fiona Phillips told former pupils, governors and teachers tales of how she and her classmates threw one teacher over a bush and locked another in a cupboard.

Fiona Phillips accuses former school of being 'rampant with hormones' and turning her into a 'vile teenager' in extraordinary rant

TV presenter Fiona Phillips hardly delivered the speech that was expected of her when she turned up at her old school to deliver the address to celebrate its reopening.

Ford's new Transit

What recovery? Ford to axe 1,400 jobs at two UK plants

Ford workers in Southampton and Dagenham were left “shocked and angry” today after the US carmaker axed 1,400 jobs in the UK, dealing a major blow to the economy just hours after it officially emerged from recession.

£5.8m payout for brain-damaged boy

 

A boy left brain damaged after a bowel condition was not properly treated is to receive compensation worth £5.8 million.

Mary Scary and Mr Spooky are among weird and wacky names unearthed in a study of historical records

Mary Scary, Mr Spooky and Frank N Stein are among weird, wacky and even scary names unearthed by a family history website.

Nigel Adkins is under pressure after Southampton’s poor start

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