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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

Liam Fox was last year ordered to repay £3,000 of expenses

MPs expenses: Liam Fox submits claim for 3p to cover a 100-metre car trip

Former defence secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers’ cash for a car journey of fewer than 100 metres, expenses documents show.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers relief as Aly Cissokho, Joe Allen, Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho near returns for Liverpool

Key players will be welcomed back either this weekend or after the international break

RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada said that the actual shortfall was likely to be as much as £1bn

Entire NHS could be 'destabilised' by £1bn funding black hole, GPs warn Health Secretary

Spending on general practice has fallen by £400m in the past three years, the Royal College of General Practitioners said

Jordan Henderson

Brendan Rodgers hails versatile Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson

The England midfielder was offered to Fulham twelve months ago

Grandfather used pen knife to free himself from nine-tonne tractor

A man used a pocket knife to dig himself free after a tractor pinned him to the ground for over six hours.

Mark Bridger prison attack: Inmate's life sentence doubled for slashing April Jones killer in attempt to make him reveal where body is hidden

Convicted murderer and rapist attacked Bridger with knife fashioned out of razor at top security prison

Nathan Verhelst first had hormone therapy in 2009

Belgian man dies by euthanasia after failed sex change operation

The man died on Monday afternoon

GP Surgeries to bid for funding to open from 8am to 8pm - seven days a week

Health Secretary pledges £50m for GP Skype sessions and telephone consultations

Murray’s big bro Jamie takes doubles title at Thailand Open

Britain’s Jamie Murray and partner John Peers of Australia clinched their third doubles title of the season with victory at the Thailand Open.

Former army head General Lord Dannatt: 'The risks are too high'

The Lariam scandal: Former head of army calls for ban on malaria drug

General Lord Richard Dannatt demands action after concerns that  Lariam can cause suicide

BBC staff seen yawning, eating and playing in open-plan newsroom

Yawning, hugging, playing and even lightsaber-ing are all on a list of activities BBC viewers are reportedly finding distracting when watching serious broadcasts.

A new nose, grown by surgeons on Xiaolian's forehead, is pictured before being transplanted to replace the original nose, which is infected and deformed

Xiaolian: Chinese man grows new nose for transplant on his forehead

Photos have emerged showing the nose growing on his forehead

Genetic test approved for use on NHS could save thousands of women from chemotherapy every year

Treatment could benefit those with early-stage breast cancer facing the intensive treatment

Criag Revel Horwood has announced he will undergo hip replacement surgery

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood needs hip replacement surgery

The 48-year-old said he hopes to come back 'bigger, better and stronger'

Theo Walcott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott ruled out of England World Cup qualifiers and is set to undergo surgery on his abdomen

Walcott pulled out of Sunday's match against Stoke just minutes before kick-off with a muscular abdominal injury

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