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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Derby keep faith in Clough

Derby County have reiterated their support for manager Nigel Clough following Monday's FA Cup third-round defeat to non-League Crawley. It had been thought that Clough, having overseen a run of seven losses in nine games, would be dismissed, but the Championship club's chief executive Tom Glick said the result had to be put into long-term perspective.

New date for Potters Bar train crash court case

A new date has been set for the court case in which Network Rail (NR) and maintenance company Jarvis Rail face health and safety charges over the 2002 Potters Bar train crash which claimed seven lives.

Warner buys Harry Potter studios

Warner Brothers announced yesterday that it had bought the British studios where the Harry Potter franchise was filmed, raising hopes of a resurgence in home-grown cinema.

Saracens' crumbling citadel falls to Davis

Saracens 9 Exeter Chiefs 23: Back-up fly-half orchestrates stunning away victory for extraordinary Chiefs

Life term for driver who mowed down man

A driver who deliberately mowed down and killed a man after following his cab home from a club was jailed for 18 years today.

The Championship - players to watch

The new Championship season opens tonight when Norwich take on Watford at Carrow Road.

Sports Book of the Week: You Are The Ref by Paul Trevillion and Keith Hackett

Who will win the World Cup is anybody's guess, but there's one sure bet: there will be the traditional roster of controversial refereeing decisions.

Reward to locate severed thumb victim's body

The family of an alleged kidnap victim whose severed thumb was found in a street have offered a £10,000 reward for information to help find his body, police said today.

Lib Dem campaign takes off in vital marginal as Labour and Tory voters defect

If the nation's sudden love affair with Nick Clegg lasts until polling day the Liberal Democrats are on track to pick up a three-way marginal being strongly targeted by the Conservatives, a survey by The Independent suggests.

Questions Of Cash: 'I'm upset over treatment at French Connection'

Q.We corresponded in 2008 regarding excessive bank charges, which you featured under the heading "I was broke but my bank still charged me". Guess what, I'm broke again! I have lost income during the recession, this has led to me being ill and I owe university fees. When you took up my complaint, the legal action on excessive fees had just begun. I was suffering financial hardship at the time of the charges, but this had eased by the time I made my claim, so the bank rejected my claim for a refund. Following the Supreme Court decision finding in favour of the banks, are there grounds for a refund of charges if a person again suffers financial hardship? RH, Hove.

Tribute paid to man found dead in country park

The mother of a man who was found dead in a country park described her son as a "gentle giant who who wouldn't hurt a fly".

Man 'run over after being followed from club'

A father of three was deliberately run over and killed after being followed from a club, the Old Bailey heard today.

From Watford to Land's End, almost

Even blizzards can't stop this newspaper getting to your doorstep on time. Matthew Bell followed it from the printers

Sarries braced for rough stuff from Leicester

Title-chasing Saracens make changes as Tigers find the boot is on the other foot

High street target of the new Vikings

Clas Ohlson, the latest Scandinavian retailer to hit these shores, is hoping its Woolies and Ikea hybrid will attract UK shoppers.
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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions