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Michael Ward: Labour MP who won the highly marginal Peterborough seat in 1974 and briefly defected to the SDP

After epic struggles, Michael Ward was finally elected to the key marginal seat of Peterborough in October 1974, by 21,820 votes to the Conservative Harmar Nicholls' 19,972 votes. In 1966, after no less than seven recounts and eight and a half nail-biting hours following the opening of the ballot boxes, Ward had lost to Nicholls by 23,941 to 23,944. It was a majority of precisely three votes.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My marriage of five years was a mistake and I want a divorce

Dear Virginia,

I am in a dreadful situation. I've decided that my marriage of five years was a mistake. I want to get a divorce – but my wife says that if we start a family, everything will be all right. My mother, whom I love very much, is vehemently against a divorce. She adores my wife and treats her like the daughter she never had. She also wants grandchildren, and says if I get a divorce she won't speak to me again. What can I do?

Yours sincerely, Matt

Selective schools: how they performed at A-level

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.

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Jury delivers manslaughter verdict over boat death

A man accused of stabbing his partner to death on the houseboat where they lived was today found not guilty of murder.

Four firms shortlisted for South Central train franchise

Four travel companies are in the running to operate the new South Central railway franchise, with the successful bidder to be named next summer.

Colts’ tournament 2008

Brynteg were the winners of the 2008 Colts’ tournament at Rosslyn Park.

ITV pins hopes on 'Crowngate' controller

It was a black moment for Peter Fincham last October when he was forced to resignas controller of BBC1 over the "Crowngate" affair involving a misleading press trailer for a documentary about the Queen.

Five jailed for Securitas raid

Five men were jailed for a total of at least 70 years yesterday after being convicted of kidnapping and robbery in Britain's biggest cash heist, a £53m raid on a cash depot.

Five convicted over record £53m robbery

Five men were found guilty today of a series of charges in connection with Britain's biggest cash robbery.

He was a punk when EMI shot the Pistols. Now he's the boss and they're all gunning for him

Guy Hands is lauded for sprinkling stardust on failing businesses, but his rock 'n' roll employees don't want to listen. Simon Evans reports

Kent's faith rewarded by patient Stevens century

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1985 revisited: Ellison hero of a sunlit summer

Last time England won the urn at home Kent's yeoman swung the day

LETTER: Dumped pheasants

Sir: The editor of Shooting Times claims that dumping shot pheasants instead of eating them is a "line peddled by animal rights activists" (Letters, 9 February).
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