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Education Secretary to hold discussions to determine whether law outlawing incitement of hatred was being 'properly policed'

David Cameron said: 'I'm a massive supporter of marriage and I don't want gay people to be excluded from a great institution'

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Wellington College teacher Bruce Roth guilty of sex abuse of five boys

A teacher at one of the country's most prestigious public schools has been found guilty of sexually abusing five young boys.

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Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon on Tuesday - where he was supported by a large entourage

The serious business of spectating at Wimbledon

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Personal details of race participants appear online

The personal details of thousands of runners, possibly including politicians and celebrities, were made available to the public yesterday after a security breach on the London Marathon website.

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Throughout her stint on 2010's X Factor, shy Scouse single mum Ferguson was constantly being told by buffoonish Louis Walsh that she had a "recording voice" and that he couldn't wait "to hear her album".

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How Islington is giving the West End a run for its money

Alice Jones ventures beyond theatreland to experience the vibrant fringe where 'The King's Speech' first cleared its throat

BBC coverage of Elton's baby provokes claims of homophobia

Gay rights campaigners urge viewers to boycott licence fee in protest

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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