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

Vauxhall introduces 100,000 mile warranty

Vauxhall has joined the trend towards more generous car warranties in the UK market with a new form of cover, the Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty, that has no time limit but is restricted to 100,000 miles. Until Vauxhall introduced the Lifetime Warranty, the most generous cover was provided by the Korean manufacturers Kia (seven years) and Hyundai (five years), as well as Vauxhall's GM stablemate Chevrolet which introduced a strong combined warranty and servicing package a few weeks ago.

All Vauxhall cars to have lifetime warranty

Motor company Vauxhall today announced that all its new cars will be covered by a lifetime warranty.

New car sales fall for first time in year

New car sales fell in July 2010 - the first decline for 12 months, it was announced today.

Car Choice: Wanted: A narrow vehicle fit for wide-open spaces

Camay Winfield is after a small estate or something equally spacious because she spends a lot of time out in the wild, camping with her grandchildren. She has a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SXi. Assuming she gets up to £6,000 for the Corsa, her budget is £7,000. The one complication is that she can't have a car any wider than the Corsa because her driveway is so narrow, with clearance in places of just six inches either side of the mirrors.

Briton found dead in Dominican Republic

The Foreign Office said today it was investigating reports that a British strip club owner was murdered on holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Vauxhall Ampera

Put the old-style 'green' cars out of your mind, this extended-range electric vehicle – E-REV for short – is something else

Vauxhall Ampera to attempt longest UK electric vehicle run

Vauxhall is preparing to carry out the UK's longest run by an electric vehicle next week.

Vauxhall offers diesel Insignia Sports Tourer with four-wheel drive

Vauxhall is expanding its mid-sized Insignia range by offering its "Adaptive 4x4" all-wheel drive transmission – which features an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential - in combination with its 160 horsepower CDTi diesel engine. Previously, all-wheel drive had only been available on petrol-engined models.

Rail firms accused over missing 'first-class' seats

Britain's complex rail ticketing system excelled itself yesterday when it emerged that a train company is selling first-class tickets for trains without first-class seating.

Vauxhall workers agree to two-year wage freeze as costs are slashed across Europe

Workers at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port and Luton plants have agreed to a two-year pay freeze, as part of the German car maker's Europe-wide agreement to slash its labour costs by more than €1bn over the next five years.

Vauxhall Meriva MPV

Vauxhall has put a lot of thought into its new Meriva – and the result is a useful, good-looking and likeable multi-purpose vehicle

Nurse pulls child from burning car

A good samaritan who pulled a young boy from a burning car after a crash which killed his father has been traced. It turned out to be an off-duty female nurse who had shown "astonishing bravery" following the crash at Heath and Reach in Bedfordshire on Monday evening. Police originally believed it was an older man.

Opel/Vauxhall funding plan due 'within weeks'

Talks with EU members about loans are moving fast

Outside the Box: Ankara's away as Mayor and young Turks prove troublesome

Here's a cast-iron prediction for one of today's results: in the Turkish Super League, Ankaraspor will lose 3-0 at home to Kasimpasa. In fact they will continue to lose every game for the rest of the season by the same margin and finish bottom of the table with no points and a goal difference of 0-102 from 34 matches. The authorities have decided on this drastic punishment because of the club's "anti-competitive links" with local rivals Ankaragucu. The supposed capital city rivalry became compromised when an Ankaraspor executive suddenly took over as the chairman of Ankaragucu while his father, the local mayor, remained as chairman of Ankaraspor. A couple of unexpected transfer deals between the two then followed. Ankaragucu could yet go down as well, as despite the appointment of France's Roger Lemerre, the winning coach of Euro 2000, they are only a couple of points above the remaining two relegation places. Of course, it could never happen here. Imagine, say, Robert Maxwell moving from Oxford United to Derby County, and leaving his son Kevin in charge of Oxford, who then sell their best player, Dean Saunders, to Derby. Impossible? Ask Mark Lawrenson, who was sacked as Oxford manager for protesting about the deal.

Government agrees £270m Vauxhall deal

The government yesterday announced £270m of loan guarantees for Vauxhall as part of GM Europe's huge restructuring plans.

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