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

Woman accused of breaching noisy sex asbo

Neighbours of a woman who ended up in court for her noisy love-making were savouring peace and quiet today after she was locked up accused of breaking her anti-social behaviour order.

E Jane Dickson: My son's OK – but the system is crazy

Comprehensives should take equal numbers of pupils across all abilities

Sunderland

Secondary School Tables 2009

Nissan axes 1,200 at showpiece UK car plant

Car giant Nissan is to axe 1,200 jobs in the wake of the economic slowdown which has hit the motor industry hard and led to sales slumping, the car giant announced today.

Who's who in Pantoland this year

Heard the one about Hollywood stars entertaining children the length and breadth of Britain? Thankfully it's true, and the season of festive silliness is now upon us. Larry Ryan spotlights the big names

Laverne's mother aims to be MP

Lauren Laverne's mother is in the running to become an MP.

City meltdown turns to a chill wind in the North

Families living in London and the South-east have pulled in their belts a notch, shopping less at Waitrose and more at Lidl. But in Sunderland and the North-east, there is real suffering. Emily Dugan reports

St Helens 16 Leeds 24: Leeds rejoice with reborn Smith

Super League Grand Finals have produced some predictable heroes from the cream of the sport's talent – but never one quite like Lee Smith. The emergency full-back was widely supposed to be Leeds' weakness in their uphill task against St Helens; instead, he turned out to be their great strength. Smith defended brilliantly, took over much of the play-making role left vacant by the injured Brent Webb, scored a try and even produced a crucial 40/20 kick. It was not so much a matter of voting for him for the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match here as of giving it to him by popular acclaim. He also played his way on to the plane to Australia for the World Cup, because he is now a certainty to be in the England squad when it is named tomorrow.

Paul Williams: Right-wing Conservative MP who resigned the whip over Suez and later chaired the Monday Club

Paul Williams entered the House of Commons in 1953 at the age of 30, winning a by-election for the Conservatives in Sunderland. It was the first time that the governing party had gained a seat in a by-election since 1924.

Academy suspends 40 pupils fortnight after opening

Forty students have been suspended at a £20 million city academy since it opened two weeks ago.

Jeffries assured of boxing medal

Tony Jeffries consigned the rancour and recrimination which followed Frankie Gavin's withdrawal to distant memory tonight by guaranteeing Great Britain at least two Olympic boxing medals for the first time in 36 years.

Trial collapses after juror turns investigator

A manslaughter trial collapsed after a juror decided to investigate the case himself.

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
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10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy