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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.

Coroner criticises RAF base over crash

Three men died when an RAF Puma crashed in flames because the pilot was attempting low-flying manoeuvres both beyond his capabilities and that of the helicopter, a coroner said today.

Middlesbrough delay unveiling manager

Middlesbrough are not now expected to make any announcement about their new manager over the weekend.

200 jobs go as Alliance & Leicester shuts site

Finance giant Alliance & Leicester is to close a site and switch work elsewhere, with the loss of more than 200 jobs, it was announced today.

Marek Reichman: Poly put me on road to sports car design

My polytechnic was quite a young institution and it was quite a young course when I got there. This gave me an opportunity to explore ideas and ask questions.

Alves unveiled but Middlesbrough claim transfer not complete

Middlesbrough were today insisting Afonso Alves is still their player - for now at least - after Qatari side Al-Sadd unveiled the striker at a press conference.

Stoke wrap up Tuncay transfer

Stoke have completed the signing of Middlesbrough forward Tuncay Sanli for £5m.

10 A-grade A-levels, but turned down by Oxford

An A-level student picked up five top grades today to add to the five As she has already gained.

Middlesbrough expect Mido and Tuncay to leave

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is expecting strikers Mido and Tuncay Sanli to leave the club within weeks.

Steelworkers march for jobs

Thousands of steelworkers and their families marched on Teesside yesterday in a campaign to save one of the region's major employers.

Villa agree fee for Downing

Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have agreed a fee of around £12million for England winger Stewart Downing.

English to burn Joan of Arc – again

Officers of the French navy have mounted a campaign to stop the English from burning Joan of Arc a second time. The Joan in question is the Jeanne-d'Arc, a 13,000-ton helicopter carrier and naval training ship which is due to be de-commissioned and dismantled.

Mido fails to return to Middlesbrough training

Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves has returned to training.

Southgate dismisses Neville link

Gareth Southgate has dismissed claims he has offered former England team-mate Phil Neville a coaching role at Middlesbrough.

Thousands more jobs go as Corus warns of long road to recovery

Corus is cutting more than 2,000 more jobs, taking this year's total number of redundancies to 5,500 – nearly 4,500 of which will be in the UK.

Strikers threaten to 'unleash a monster' over sackings

Decision by French oil company to lay off hundreds of workers at Lincolnshire refinery provokes walkouts across the country
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