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David Cameron in 2006, with candidates for the 2010 election, announcing a drive for more women to be selected

David Cameron's dream of an 'A-list' of women candidates fades

Less than a third of those selected so far in Tory constituencies are women, as Prime Minister becomes frustrated with slow progress of modernising his party

Shelley Rudman became skeleton world champion this year

Shelley Rudman piles on pounds in search of skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.

Antonio Campos's blacker-than-black comedy Afterschool details the corruption and cruelty in an Ivy League prep school

Nicholas Barber's the watch list: Back to school films

They do school films so much better in France, it seems. If the new term has you in the mood for some scholastic entertainment, you could watch Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959) or last year's François Ozon comedy, In The House. But start with Etre et avoir (2002, below), a quietly enchanting documentary that revolves around Georges Lopez, the sole teacher in a rural village primary. Lopez's patience and modesty (and pedagogical beard) are so moving the the film could have been called "Au Revoir, M. Pomme Frites". Try not to think about Lopez suing the producers, unsuccessfully, for a chunk of the profits.

Lightning strikes and floods disrupt rail services across UK

Lightning strikes and flooding caused havoc on mainline rail services today.

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi starts celebrates 1500m victory

'Injured' Taoufik Makhloufi races to 1500m gold after reinstatement

On Monday Taoufik Makhloufi was thrown out of the Games for not trying; last night, having earned a reprieve, the Algerian won the 1500m gold, running clear of the field to win by more than 10 metres. It marked one of the more startling recoveries of the Olympics.

Man arrested in connection with Olympic training gear theft

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of an Olympic athlete's training kit.

Observations: Pedal to the plastic on an Olympian odyssey

It's not quite Homer's Odyssey but last year, inspired by the epic tale, the writer Iain Sinclair and video artist Andrew Kötting pedalled a plastic swan pedalo 160 miles from Sussex to Stratford.

Inner-city pupils take shooting lessons

Schoolchildren from south London are taught how to handle shotguns as guests of Countryside Alliance

Man jailed for Securitas robbery faces further six years behind bars

A former car salesman jailed for his role in Britain's biggest cash robbery will have to serve a further six years behind bars for failing to comply with a confiscation order.

Man jailed for Tunbridge Wells nightclub attack

A man who used a bottle to carry out an unprovoked attack on a nightclub reveller has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Van driver killed by tree is named

A van driver who was killed when a huge beech tree crushed his parked van in high winds was named by police today.

Britain gets 'brief respite' before new storm

Britain can look forward to a “brief respite” today from winds that battered the UK, but forecasters expect gusts of up to 75mph tonight.

Olympic flame torchbearers revealed

An Iraq war veteran, an 84-year-old marathon "walker" and a star teenage gymnast with cystic fibrosis were confirmed today as among the 8,000 people to carry the Olympic Flame next summer.

Roger Hancock: Agent who guided many showbiz careers and protected the legacy of his brother Tony

Following work as a stage manager in the theatre and a senior manager role at the new ITV companies Tyne Tees and Southern, Roger Hancock became an agent who guided the careers of many writers and performers, with a roster that was the envy of his rivals. Highly respected and known for his warmth, congeniality and sense of humour – a "peopleaholic", as Barry Cryer called him – he was also a perfectionist and astute businessman who had great foresight and could be abrasive when he felt it was called for.

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