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MP quits sleaze watchdog role amid expenses probe

The MP in charge of the Commons sleaze watchdog stood down tonight pending an inquiry into his second home allowance claims.

Clarke Carlisle: 'I don't know why I started to drink'

Clarke Carlisle is 'Britain's Brainiest Footballer' but even he can't explain why he fell foul of alcoholism. Ahead of tomorrow's fearsome derby with Blackburn the Burnley defender tells Ian Herbert how crime thrillers, the church and fighting racism have replaced the booze

Capello's red beam keeps Terry on the spot

The England captain reveals to Sam Wallace that the Italian's intense team debriefing, complete with unsparing use of a laser pointer, has left no hiding place for those, such as Rio Ferdinand, who make mistakes

Derek Pain: Marston's makes play for Whitbread territory

Bo Pain, No Gain

Business Dairy: Not the thin end of the wedge for Sir Stuart

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose vigorously defends his decision to cut the time customers have to return unwanted products from 90 days to 35 days. M&S has had only five letters on the matter, Sir Stuart says: four were supportive, and the fifth came from a lady angry that after a long but finally successful diet she now finds herself unable to return M&S clothing that is too big.

Derek Simpson: With friends like these, Gordon Brown has no need of enemies

Jane Merrick meets the joint leader of Unite, ahead of the TUC conference in Liverpool

Staycation UK: Wish you were here – Oh! You are!

For the first time in a generation, more Britons are likely to holiday at home this year than to go abroad. David Randall and Greg Walton investigate

Tourist numbers fall for first time in seven years

Economic downturn blamed for 17% drop in visitors from the US

Record rise hits jobless total

Unemployment has soared to almost 2.4 million after a record number of people joined the ranks of people out of work, grim new figures showed today.

It's a very nice house in the country (but not for an orgy)

Wealthy guests sipped champagne, but at midnight everything suddenly changed

Conman found guilty of lover's Travelodge murder

A former British Airways steward was found guilty today of murdering his partner in a Travelodge hotel room.

Man 'injected vodka for thrill' says murder accused

A gay con artist accused of murdering his partner said he had started looking at suicide websites and injecting vodka for a "thrill" before he died.

48 hours in: Bath

The Roman Baths are at the heart of this Unesco World Heritage city, which also boasts genteel parks and a boutique shopping area. Charlotte Hindle dips her toes into its cultural waters

Credit crisis diary: Deutsche man will outpace all rivals

No one can say that Deutsche Bank's new UK chief executive is not fit for the job. When not running a successful investment banking operation, Colin Grassie spends his time running triathlons. The former Scottish youth rugby international apparently has a personal best of just under 14 hours for the full ironman triathlon, which consists of a 3,800m swim, a 180km bike ride and then a marathon.

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