Life and Style Thousands of wealthy mothers are leaving their jobs in order to take care of their children themselves

A third of parents said they did not see enough of their children because of work

Little Chef was put up for sale by owner Rcapital in April

Dragon James Caan 'checking out Little Chef takeover'

Dragon's Den judge James Caan is reportedly considering a bid for the Little Chef chain of roadside restaurants in a move that could safeguard the future of the brand.

Leading Labour donor John Mills

Labour must pay the tax avoided with £1.6m donation, George Osborne demands

Ed Miliband argues that 'lots of organisations receive donations on this basis'

Leading Labour donor John Mills

Top Labour donor's share gift to party avoided £1.5m tax

John Mills gave Party £1.65m in shares rather than cash to reduce tax bill

Highway safety drive – or just the latest ministerial car crash?

Campaigners tell Jonathan Brown tell why new penalties for road-hogging and tailgating will not work

James Caan

'Don't help your children find a job,' says social mobility tsar James Caan - the man who employed his own daughters

Entrepreneur and former Dragons' Den star said parents should allow their children at least a year to try to find work unaided

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, left, allegedly offered to ask questions and host events for paying clients. He denies the allegations. Lord Cunningham, right, allegedly offered to introduce reporters to senior figures for £12,000 a month. Denies any wrongdoing but has been suspended pending an investigation

Labour Party suspends peers Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate and Lord Cunningham in new cash-for-questions scandal

Reporters posing as lobbyists filmed peers ‘offering to sell parliamentary influence’

Patrick Mercer should stand down as an MP now

Another Member of Parliament has lost sight of his job title's meaning

Good weather is expected for this weekend's Epsom Derby

Weather improves after cold spring: UK could hit 25C at weekend

The weekend could bring the highest temperatures of the year

Former Sunday Telegraph journalist Benjamin Leapman in child porn denial

A journalist who helped expose MPs fiddling their expenses has denied a series of child pornography charges.

Chancellor George Osborne still needs to tackle £8bn black hole after treasury agrees 10% spending cuts with seven Government departments

These departments only account for around 20 per cent of the cuts George Osborne needs to make

Scotland Yard hits back over Woolwich response time

Scotland Yard has hit back after questions were raised about how long it took officers to reach the scene of the terrorist murder in Woolwich.

Swarmageddon: US prepares for invasion of plague of cicadas

The US East Coast is preparing for a once-in-a-generation infestation of flying insects as billions of cicadas emerge from 17 years underground for a short-lived breeding frenzy known as “Swarmageddon”.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirmed he will stand in the 2015 general election

Nigel Farage moves to exploit Tory tensions over Europe with full-page newspaper advertisement

UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage today moved to exploit unrest within the Conservative ranks, urging discontented Tories to defect to his party.

Dan Brown's Inferno: Dante-inspired book set for release day bonanza

Enter the Inferno: Dan Brown's 'worst book yet' tops bestseller lists on its first day

Bestselling writer Dan Brown unleashed his latest page turner today as eager fans made Inferno an instant chart-topper.

Michael Gove sought to criticise teaching standards

Dumbing down, Minister? Michael Gove gets his educational facts from marketing surveys for Premier Inn and UKTV Gold

Education Secretary’s attack on lack of pupils’ knowledge not based on any academic research

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