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UK car production hit a six-year high in 2013 as the number of vehicles rolling off the line topped 1.5 million.

Tories win over key constituencies in the North

The Conservatives made impressive gains across the north of England last night, winning key seats in Yorkshire and the North west.

Tactical voting call by Labour condemned as 'desperate'

I want every vote, says Brown, as Tories and Liberal Democrats unite to reject Peter Hain's offer of an unofficial pact

Deutsche Bahn snaps up Arriva for £1.5bn

Arriva's board is unanimously recommending a £1.5bn merger proposal from Germany's Deutsche Bahn.

Editor-At-Large: Cameron insists we're all equal. The cheek of it!

I'm always up for a party – isn't that what we Brits are really good at? Celebrating, doing things to excess, having fun. But this party Dave Cameron wants me to sign up for is strangely unappealing. For a start, what kind of guest list is operating if everyone is included? Where's the guest list? Who's entitled to access the VIP area? Oh, there isn't one. Everyone can wear what they want, bring who they like. Doesn't sound like any kind of party I've ever wanted to attend.

Shop Direct to axe 1,500 jobs

Home shopping group Shop Direct is to axe 1,500 jobs at three of its centres, union leaders were told today.

Sailing: 16-year-old girl sets out on solo global voyage

A 16-year-old has set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Two remanded over stab death

Two men today appeared in court charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed in his home.

Tory councillor expelled after rape remarks

A city councillor has been expelled from the Conservative Party after making offensive remarks about rape at a meeting.

Calls over boy rapist were ignored, says judge

A judge criticised a social department today for ignoring pleas from a child psychiatrist who said an 11-year-old boy needed to be taken into care.

End of an odyssey: Boy sailor returns to harbour

Mike Perham battled 50ft waves and months of loneliness to become the youngest person to sail round the world alone

Portsmouth complete Smith signing

Portsmouth have signed Watford striker Tommy Smith on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

Scrappage plans see Nissan hire 150 staff

The Japanese car maker Nissan has raised its UK production plans by about 5 per cent and added 150 temporary workers as European scrappage schemes boost demand.

Take the power back: Art and social inequality

An eclectic touring show takes a long, hard look at 500 years of inequality in British society. Politicians could learn a thing or two from these straight-talking artists, says Tom Lubbock

Whatever happened to Thatcher's children?

They were the first-time voters of 1979, the people who came of age politically as the country acquired its first female prime minister. We asked eight people who turned 18 that year what they thought their vote might bring and how they regard the Baroness now
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game