Iain Duncan Smith delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership aspirations after the London Mayor approved a scheme to turn the Walthamstow dog track in east London into flats.
New Scotland Yard is to be sold as the Metropolitan Police faces making cuts of more than £500 million, a senior officer said today.
Our diarist notes the frenetic effort Labour is putting into discovering new talent, and why the words of one Bill Oddie are not all they may seem to be
Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad intends to leave no doubts over why he should be leading Team GB's charge for gold at Rio 2016.
A university lecturer who admitted possessing a hoard of Class A drugs at his house where a schoolgirl died was spared jail today.
Sarah Tynan is one of English National Opera's great success stories.
Cahal Milmo and Rob Hastings reconstruct the fateful events of Thursday evening that sparked three days of rioting
Many roads in suburban London have a similar feel about them: terraced or semi-detached villas of the late Victorian, early Edwardian kind, the front gardens too often obliterated by concrete slabs and wheelie bins. Maynard Road in Walthamstow is different. The first thing you see, turning into the street from Beulah Road, are two brick flower beds, magnificently planted with Brussels sprouts and sunflowers, red cabbage and bright yellow African marigolds, nasturtiums, lilies, tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, borage and pumpkins. The beds stood alongside half a dozen tatty garages set in a block on the right hand side, but this didn't look like council work – too eclectic. If not them, who?
My road to 2012: London diver has more motivation than most as he seeks to secure his place in the British team
Even the most rarefied of fashion designers is unlikely ever to describe him or herself as an artist. That would be rushing in where angels fear to tread. Art is art – a highbrow and only ever a coincidentally commercial pursuit – fashion is fashion, catering to the pretty, privileged and vain. Or so any purists out there might argue. It's a far from modern view, though. Witness the Louis Vuitton flagship store that opened on London's New Bond Street earlier this year with its Michael Landy kinetic sculpture, Damien Hirst monogrammed medicine chest and hugely successful bags designed in collaboration with Takashi Murakami to see how these two apparently very different disciplines benefit one another. Or how about the Prada Foundation in Milan, home to some of the most innovative artworks of the age. The brains behind it – Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli – are presumably more than a little aware that if designer fashion is aspirational, fine art is even more so and any association only serves to heighten the outside world's perception of a brand's status and power.
At 12cm long and weighing 14 grams, the goldfinch is a prime target for sparrowhawks and other predators in the avian world.
Three men were today sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of plotting to kill hundreds of people in a terrorist attack.
Like thousands of primary school children, Paula and Peter Imafidon will today find out the name of their secondary school. Unlike their classmates, the twins will be ripping open the envelope safe in the knowledge that they will be two years younger than their peers and have already passed their maths A-levels.
Faced with rising rents and a lack of supply, cost-conscious tenants are taking advantage of empty office space to escape the rental race and embrace loft-style living. Holly Williams reports
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is perhaps the most ambitious known scheme of its kind. Launched in 2004 by the then Department for Education and Skills, £2.5bn-£3bn of capital investment is being spent on the programme each year to renovate or rebuild every school in England.
Lethal Bizzle's uncompromising, personal, lyrics have put him in the political spotlight and led to racist attacks. With his new album moving up the charts, he tells Fiona Sturges what drives him