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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.

Middlesbrough agree to let Downing leave

Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has confirmed England winger Stewart Downing can leave if the club receive an acceptable offer.

Southgate will not be made Boro 'scapegoat'

Middlesbrough chairman, Steve Gibson, last night defended Gareth Southgate and his decision to appoint and stick with him despite relegation.

Corus workers' future still in the balance

Negotiations over the future of steel workers at Corus's Teesside factory continued yesterday as trade union leaders tried to save the 2,000 jobs threatened by the plant's closure.

Tata Steel says may shut Teesside plant

India's Tata Steel, the world's sixth-largest steelmaker, said its Corus unit might have to mothball its Teesside Cast Products plant, which would lead to large job losses, after a contract was cancelled.

The Last Word: For ecstasy and agony, pick the Championship

Forget the Champions' League, the second tier's enthralling finale is Europe's purest form of theatre

The Celtic fringe receives a terrible reckoning

Scottish and Welsh universities slid down the league table. Was this because of their stand against top-up fees? Andy Sharman and Beth Mellor analyse the figures

Airlines cut off the North as economic woe takes its toll

Flights to Leeds-Bradford and Durham-Tees Valley are removed from the schedules

Southgate backs 'hungry' King to taste success

Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, believes Marlon King's "hunger" to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle. King joined Boro on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and will be in the squad for tonight's Premier League game at Chelsea.

Steel workers braced for jobs meltdown

Workers at steel giant Corus were tonight braced for thousands of job losses in the face of a huge downturn in demand and a slump in orders.

Baggies enjoy overdue change of Fortune

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Alves double enough to sink brave Barrow

Middlesbrough 2 Barrow 1: Boro forced to work hard as non-League side come close to earning replay

Man who enslaved lover is jailed

A self-styled "sex cult master" who walked girlfriends around on a dog lead was jailed for three years yesterday for forcing his lover to sleep with other men.

Radio caller reveals cannibal habits

A radio presenter was stunned when he answered a call from a listener who admitted she was once an unwitting cannibal.

17 held as police smash drug-smuggling gangs

Seventeen people were arrested today in a mass operation which saw police smash two major organised crime gangs believed to be involved in drug smuggling.

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