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A street artist tribute to Trigger might have moved commuters, but it seems staff at Southern didn't share their appreciation

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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Secondary School Tables 2009

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas