News Mr Starmer stood down last month and has gone back to private practice

Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

Anna Fazackerley: University VCs should behave more like CEOs

The idea that universities should think more like businesses is one that still prompts a great deal of indignant snorting in academic circles. Yet, as the market gathers pace, it is the new breed of presidential vice chancellor, who behaves like the CEO of a large corporation, who can be most confident of his institution staying afloat.

David Husain: Enterprising physical chemist

From the mid-1960s onwards, David Husain and his colleagues at Cambridge University did pioneering work on the rapidity with which excited atoms reacted with simple molecules such as hydrogen and the light alkanes, processes of great relevance in the context of atmospheric chemistry.

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Student's murder: Police suspect 'Beast of Ardennes'

The rape and murder of an English student in France in 1990 may be finally solved after 18 years of false starts and judicial bungles.

Merchants of Misery: Debt collection is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries

Agencies pursue 20 million cases a year and resort to underhand (yet often legal) tactics. Now, a change to the law will make their business even easier. Jonathan Owen and Ian Griggs report

John Martyn: He's the daddy

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Mystery DNA found on murdered student's bra

Police investigating the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in Italy have found mystery traces of DNA on her bra, it was revealed today.

Bad Traffic, by Simon Lewis

Little red book about a Chinese detective's adventures in London

BBC presenter jailed for three months after breaking court order

The BBC radio presenter Andy Kershaw was jailed yesterday for three months after admitting breaking a restraining order involving the mother of his two children for the second time.

Racing: Dettori to break Derby jinx by giving star status to understudy Linda's Lad

There may be more valuable races around the world than the Vodafone Derby, but none is more precious. Certainly there remains no better way for André Fabre to test his belief that Visindar, hot favourite at Epsom today, is the best European colt of his generation. As champion trainer of France for each of the past 19 seasons, Fabre can be assumed to have a rough idea of what he is talking about. How ironic, then, if the peculiar demands made by the great race should reveal Visindar to be not even the best colt in his own stable.

Simon Carr: The Kitchen Capitalist

The story so far: the author has sold his house to finance a manufacturing project in the hope of making a small fortune to finance his old age...

Peter Blake, cover artist: `We hope you will enjoy the show'

THE GODFATHER of British pop art gave up the only signed copy of his most famous work yesterday to a permanent exhibition that marks his profound contribution to art.

RADIO: How do you water down your Shandy?

`On the fifth day of November, 1718, which to the aera fixed on, was as near nine kalendar months as any husband could in reason have expected, - was I Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, brought forth into this scurvy and disastrous world of ours."
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