Voices Paul O’Grady, is best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage

He took on bigots dressed in drag  as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits

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A teenager has survived a stabbing attack on an estate close to where 16-year-old Hani Abou El Kheir was murdered in a brutal sword and knife attack in January, police have revealed.

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal youngsters can provide core for England claims Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Midfielder recently committed his future to Arsenal along with Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain eager to remain focused for both Arsenal and England

The midfielder has been surprised by the speed of his progress

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Rita Ora will headline what is being billed as "the first credible large-scale gay festival in London for over a decade" this summer.

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Large-scale police operation launched after crash

Cole is set to win his 100th England Cap against Brazil

Ashley Cole not interested in being 'loved' ahead of 100th England cap

Left-back will start against Brazil tonight

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Pilot in Vauxhall helicopter crash Pete Barnes was 'repeatedly told not to take off'

A pilot who was killed after his helicopter crashed into a crane in central London had been advised not to embark on the journey because of poor visibility.

Crash site: the crane hit by a helicopter last week

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(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Two dead after helicopter crashes in central London

Police said the helicopter hit the crane on top of the building, in the St George Wharf development in Vauxhall, at 8am yesterday

Peter Barnes worked for flight operator RotorMotion

Shuttling film stars and politicians across London, Pete Barnes was one of Britain’s most experienced helicopter aviators

From capturing airborne footage of the 2012 Olympics to shuttling film stars and politicians across London, traversing the capital’s skies had become second nature to Pete Barnes.

London helicopter crash will raise concern about flight rules far beyond Vauxhall

Londoners who live, work or commute close to the river may be startled to learn that the Thames is the capital’s thoroughfare for helicopters

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A motorist died in a Boxing Day car crash on the M20, police said today.

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