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Chancellor George Osborne should prioritise investment in Britain’s thriving creative industries, such as the arts and advertising, according to a new report from think tank IPPR.

Ex-MP Frank Cook dies aged 76

Former Labour MP Frank Cook, who spent 27 years in the House of Commons, has died at the age of 76.

Steve Bruce on Titus Bramble's arrest: 'He should not be in that
position. You should not be in a nightclub on Tuesday after being
beaten on Monday'

Titus Bramble faces third sex charge

Footballer Titus Bramble faces a third charge of sexual assault.

Premier League footballer Titus Bramble denies sex assaults

Premier League footballer Titus Bramble today denied sexually assaulting one woman in a nightclub and another in a taxi on his way home on the same night.

Bramble on sex assault charge

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, and one of urinating in public.

Footballer Titus Bramble charged with sexual assault

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one of urinating in a public place.

Greenergy eyes its options for greater growth

Low-profile business with high turnover seeks ways to expand its 20 per cent fuel market share

Swansea eye Leroy Lita swoop

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray says a fee has been agreed with Swansea for Leroy Lita - but insists the striker is still some way away from a move to the Barclays Premier League newcomers.

Steel plant rescued from closure to create 1,000 jobs

A Thai firm which bought a huge steel plant, rescuing it from closure, is to create 1,000 jobs in a huge boost to the industry, it was announced today.

The Manga girls of Middlesbrough

The fine, machine-tooled metropolis that is Middlesbrough is possibly not the first place that springs to mind when one thinks about the savage hues and – at least to some Western eyes – avant-garde childishness of Japanese pop culture. But this weekend, the Teesside city found itself decked out in a million buttons and bows, as British cosplay enthusiasts were handed free licence to parade their fondness for dressing up like anime characters.

1,500 jobs axed at steel giant Tata

A Government task force was set up today to help workers at steel giant Tata after the firm dealt a "devastating blow" by announcing 1,500 job losses.

Postmistress killer gets life

A shopkeeper who bludgeoned his postmistress wife to death and then blamed an armed robber has been jailed for life.

Sound It Out: Teesside's own spin city

Record Store Day, the annual event to promote independent music-retail, has been going from strength to strength. This year it boasts its own official film, an affectionate tribute to the workings of one such institution and the characters that frequent it.

House Doctor: 'We are about to exchange but our solicitor is useless. Can we fire him?'

Question: We have a nightmare solicitor firm that's seriously messing up our house sale. They've mislaid documents, failed to work properly with the solicitors of at least two potential buyers, never get back to us when we call, and are constantly rude. Is there any course to recompense? And should we see it through or get a new solicitor for our ongoing house sale?

Gray Rowlands, Teesside

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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