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The Tory candidate in a marginal seat resigned yesterday after he was bailed by police investigating allegations of harassment against political opponents.

England set to face Scots in 2010 as oldest rivalry is revived

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Brief Encounter, Cinema on the Haymarket, London<br />An English Tragedy, Palace, Watford<br />Ring Round the Moon, Playhouse, London

A fine romance: when the lights go down </p><p>the fun really starts

An English Tragedy, Palace Theatre, Watford

At 74, Ronald Harwood is showing no signs of slowing down. He's just won a Best Adapted Screenplay Bafta for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and he may soon be picking up a second Oscar (his first, in 2002, was for The Pianist). Before that, though, he has unveiled his latest stage play, An English Tragedy, in a powerful production by Di Trevis at the Palace Theatre, Watford.

Paperback: Pies and Prejudice, by Stuart Maconie

In a week when a generation was utterly mortified at being called "middle class", this affectionate and philosophical look at northerners, "plastics" and deracinated peoples from above the Watford Gap is a timely look at the structure of modern Britain. Maconie aims his anthropological travelogue at people who can go out in October without a coat on, cheer at motorway signs to "The North" and still remember a £2 pint, but also at their southern softie cousins. His chapters about the glorious north are more enjoyable than the one on the grim south, but his search for his northern soul has just the right balance of pies and prejudice to be right good.

Boxing: Castillo and Corrales renew battle in decider

The first time Jose Luis Castillo was seconds from victory before the sickening end and the second time Diego Corrales was in control before he was knocked out cold. Tonight they do it for the third time when they meet at the Thomas and Mack Centre, Las Vegas.

Dartmouth Marina: Room with a waterfront view

Britain's newest marina bucks convention by combining local looks with high-tech chic. By Graham Norwood

Neil Warnock: 'Sharon and I were hugging and screaming for ages, as you do at 57'

The Sheffield United manager will use a breathalyser in training today after a day of torment as his team reached the Premiership

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Bright Blades keep on running

Mo Mowlam's condition worsens

Farrell move could revolutionise union, says Robinson

Andy Farrell finally crossed rugby's equivalent of the Rubicon in the glare of the media spotlight at Saracens' Vicarage Road base in Watford.

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