Neil Collings: Visionary Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Neil Collings was the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 2006 until 2009. Although his time there was short, he built on the solid work of his predecessor, James Atwell, and made an impact not only in the Cathedral but also in the Diocese of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and the county of Suffolk. He was no stranger to the Diocese: his mother had Suffolk roots and his great-grandfather had been a local shepherd.

Cameron braced for attack as Ashcroft sharpens his pen

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron had fun gloating over the problems that memoirs like those of Lord Mandelson are causing the Labour Party. But he may not be laughing for long, because there is a book in preparation by a very senior Conservative which is expected to lay bare some of the simmering tension inside the Conservative Party.

Sarkozy protests his innocence in TV interview

President Nicolas Sarkozy last night flatly denied that he had accepted illegal campaign funds in cash from France's richest woman.

Lord Laing of Dunphail: Businessman and pioneer of corporate social responsibility who became Tory Party treasurer

Lord Laing of Dunphail built up his grandfather's already thriving biscuit business into a hugely profitable enterprise while, perhaps surprisingly, combining friendship with Margaret Thatcher with an affection for the welfare of workers.

BA cabin crew to vote on new BA offer

British Airways cabin crew will start voting today on a new offer aimed at averting fresh strikes in their long-running row with the airline over cost-cutting.

Cabin crew to vote on new BA offer

British Airways cabin crew will start voting tomorrow on a new offer aimed at averting fresh strikes in their long-running row with the airline over cost-cutting.

Prescott: I'm the man to sort out Labour's finances

They say that old soldiers never die, they just fade away – but the former deputy prime minister John Prescott is not even prepared to do that. He will be 72 next birthday, in 10 days' time, and is expected to be awarded a life peerage in Gordon Brown's resignation honours list.

Oxford Union under fire for 'excessive' expenses claims by its top officials

Have the 'Cabinet ministers of the future' been taking liberties with perks? Izzy Boggild-Jones, Tom Rowley and Tom Peck investigate

Democracy: Whose idea was this?

People power is messy – just ask a British politician. But they're in good company. Even the Ancient Greeks who invented democracy couldn't agree on what it meant, writes Paul Vallely

Affair with MP brings down scandal-hit Australian treasurer

After tearfully apologising two years ago for conduct that included sniffing a female colleague's chair and pinging another's bra strap, the Treasurer of Western Australia might have been expected to stay out of trouble. He didn't, and yesterday Troy Buswell was forced to resign from the state government following revelations of an affair with a Greens MP, Adele Carles.

Round-up: Novice captains lead the charge for Yorkshire and Surrey

A tale of two young captains. Andrew Gale has taken on the role at Yorkshire with an unexpected degree of initial success, while Rory Hamilton-Brown – skip the even younger – has had a less starry start at the Oval, but yesterday they both enjoyed an exceptional day at the office. Yorkshire thumped Essex by 10 wickets and just to complete their joy, Surrey beat Lancashire off the penultimate ball.

Oxford struggles for cash after £6m teaching cuts

Oxford University is bracing itself for a decade of swingeing cuts, according to college bursars.

Tory fundraising goes into overdrive as cash dries up

The Conservatives have launched a last-minute fundraising drive to fill a multimillion-pound hole in their election coffers.

Whelan denies bullying officials at Unite union

Charlie Whelan, Gordon Brown's former special adviser, last night dismissed as "rubbish" allegations that he bullied officials at his union, Unite, in a power struggle aimed at promoting Ed Balls to become the next Labour leader.

Revealed: how strikes hit BA passenger numbers

The seven days of cabin crew strikes left their mark on British Airways' passenger figures for March, official statistics showed today.

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