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

Teaching is `a job, not a vocation'

TEACHING, rather than being seen as a vocation, is chosen as a profession because it is a convenient and useful standby, according to research published today.

How could a loving father kill his own child?

Lisa had no worries about leaving her partner Steve with their son: he had always been good at soothing him. But the baby died that night of multiple injuries. He is just one of 40 children murdered by their fathers in the past decade. By Angela Neustatter

`Miracle' operation to reverse the menopause fails as deadline looms

A PIONEERING attempt to reverse the menopause by transplanting an ovary back into a young woman who had it surgically removed has suffered a major setback.

Scientists use mice to incubate and grow human eggs

SCIENTISTS HAVE successfully incubated human eggs inside laboratory mice in research that raises fresh ethical concerns about the direction of reproductive medicine.

Doctors plan first testicle transplant

SCIENTISTS ARE preparing to carry out the first testicle transplant on a boy undergoing cancer treatment who would otherwise have become infertile.If the operation is successful medical researchers believe it will open the way for thousands of infertile men to have such transplants as an alternative to fertility treatment.

Ovary graft may be alternative to HRT

A BRITISH scientist has successfully completed the world's first ovary graft which could revolutionise the lives of women going through the menopause.

East German agent with the perfect pedigree

PROFESSOR VIC ALLEN is a classic man of the British left. He was an influential figure in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and a passionate supporter of the 1984-85 miners' strike.

Obituary: Frankie Vaughan

"GIVE ME the moonlight, give me the girl, and leave the rest to me" - the song that became Frankie Vaughan's signature tune and gave him the public nickname of "Mr Moonlight", would hardly have trademarked the young pop singer as perhaps variety's last great all-round entertainer without the devoted coaching in style and the technique of top-hat twirling and patent-leather high-kicking given him by an old lady, still top of the bill in Vaughan's early years, Miss Hetty King.

Letter: Anglo-Saxon world

Sir: I do wish Hamish McRae and everyone else would stop using the tendentious, racist and meaningless term "Anglo-Saxon" to describe an allegedly distinct species of country ("Why Anglo-Saxon nations have the fastest-growing economies", 3 September). I mean: Ireland? Singapore?

Sperm count linked to stress

MEN WHO bottle up their emotions could be decreasing their ability to produce healthy sperm, British psychologists said yesterday.

Rugby League: Record gate expected as Bulls seek rousing finale

BRADFORD ARE increasingly confident of celebrating their status as leaders of the JJB Super League with a record crowd for the competition tonight, writes Dave Hadfield.

School trouser ban goes to law

IN A CASE that may mean winters for schoolgirls are never so cold again, the Equal Opportunities Commission yesterday backed a mother's fight against a school that refuses to allow her daughter to wear trousers.

How a scientist obtained thousands for a BSE test he could not prove

HARASH NARANG has claimed for many years to be able to detect BSE before the appearance of any symptoms. Now we know, finally, that this is not true. Dr Narang has had his research project scrapped because he was unable to meet the strict criteria needed for validating a medical test.

Fiasco as officials abort bid to prove BSE `wonder test'

A TEST that held out the promise of resolving one of the greatest problems of the BSE crisis, detecting the disease in both humans and cattle, has proved a failure despite a pounds 200,000 attempt to show that it works.

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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