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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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Take Me Home: One Direction set to beat Mumford & Son's fastest-selling album record

British boy band One Direction are on target to achieve the fastest-selling album of the year as Take Me Home looks unstoppable in the race for this week's number one.

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.

'Rotten' John Lydon set for Question Time

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is swapping anarchy for current affairs to appear on Question Time.

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The serious business of spectating

Andy Murray's Wimbledon box is awash with his management team – and not because they're fans, explains Tim Walker

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

The serious business of spectating at Wimbledon

Andy Murray's Wimbledon box is awash with his management team – and it's not because they're tennis fans...

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.

Album: Rebecca Ferguson, Heaven (RCA)

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".

Album: Will Young, Echoes (RCA)

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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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'I was told my career would collapse if I came out,' says Ricky Martin

His declaration has exposed pop's attitudes to homosexuality, says Fiona Sturges
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