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Expenses row: 'Lodger' deal earns Jacqui Smith £100,000 as she claims sister's house is main home

Jacqui Smith

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has claimed more than £116,000 in Commons expenses for a 'second home' while effectively lodging with her sister.

The SS Grit Britain is on its way: Tons of road salt shipped here as more heavy snow is predicted

Salt ship

After a week of chaos on the roads, stocks of road grit are becoming alarmingly low and urgent shipments from Europe have been ordered.

How Brown lost out to Cameron in tug of love over Carol Vorderman

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Gordon Brown was left red-faced last night after it was revealed how he lost out to David Cameron in the race for Carol Vorderman’s political affections.

Death threats made to Carol Thatcher over 'golliwog' gaffe as she goes into hiding in Switzerland, says agent

Carol Thatcher

Carol Thatcher has received death threats over her 'golliwog' comment about a tennis player, according to her agent. The presenter has now gone into hiding in Switzerland.

Foster parent who has looked after 80 children struck off...because a Muslim girl in her care became a Christian

A foster mother is struck off after a 16-year-old Muslim girl in her care became a Christian

A foster mother has been struck off by a council after a teenage Muslim girl in her care became a Christian.

Baby boy, aged three months, mauled to death by two family dogs as he was being looked after by his grandmother

Tragic: Jaden Mack, aged just three months, was mauled to death by two family dogs while he was being looked after by his grandmother

Wozza in bozza: TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson shuts four of his restaurants

Antony Worrall Thompson

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has been forced to shut four of his restaurants and put his company into administration, making 60 staff redundant.

Exclusive: The nurse suspended for offering prayer gives her first interview

Caroline Petrie

There I was, a nurse for 24 years, faced with losing my job over a prayer ... I was in shock, Caroline Petrie tells The Mail on Sunday.

British tennis star tells of nightmare over rape allegation in US as he admits he thought about slitting his wrists

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A promising young star of British tennis has told of his nightmare ordeal after being falsely accused of rape in America’s Deep South.

Foxy Knoxy ‘brought men home’ and did not cry when housemate's dead body was found, trial hears

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The girl on trial for killing Meredith Kercher brought strangers home, an Italian court heard.

Boy, six, dies after falling through ice on fishing pond

Police attend the scene at Streethouse, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, where two boys fell through ice. The six-year-old died after being airlifted to hospital

A boy of six has died after falling through ice on a fishing pond. Fire crews were called to the scene after the child and another boy plunged into the freezing water.

Prince Andrew facing cover-up claims over foreign trips

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew has been accused by MPs of suppressing a report on his controversial work as Britain’s roving business ambassador.

Banks to one-armed bandits: gambling giants cash in on credit crisis victims

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Gambling firms have been accused of targeting victims of the recession by opening a series of arcades in former bank branches.

Secret police unit set up to spy on British 'domestic extremists'

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A secret police intelligence unit has been set up to spy on Left-wing and Right-wing political groups.

Australia's worst fires in history claim at least 84 lives as inferno rages out of control

A firetruck moves away from out of control flames at a bushfire in the Bunyip Sate Forest

Mandy Antoinette: Tories lose their nerve in provocative poster campaign attacking Mandelson

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Supermarkets shamed over F-word books for sale online

OFFENSIVE: Two of the graphic titles sold by Tesco and Asda

Tesco and Asda were condemned last night for selling a string of books and CDs with the F-word in their titles. The items were available on their websites, where they were easily accessible to children.

MoD accused of wasting money after producing 33-page guide on dealing with transsexuals in the Armed Forces


Defence chiefs are under attack for producing an 11,000-word guide on dealing with transsexuals in the Armed Forces.

Johnson is attacked by doctors over super clinics as he declares: 'I couldn't care less which GP I see'

Health Secretary Alan Johnson is in the firing line after saying he 'couldn't care less' which doctor he saw when visiting a GP

Health Secretary Alan Johnson is under fire over plans to replace traditional family doctors with ‘super-sized health centres’.

The look of love? Women are attracted to men with big pupils, says study

'HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU' starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston

Researchers have discovered what women are really thinking when they look into a man’s eyes – and it is all about the size of their...pupils.

'Great Ormond Street equipment shortage killed our baby'

Great Ormond Street Hospital

The parents of the five-week-old baby who died from a suspected hospital blunder believe her death may have been caused by a lack of equipment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Schools are told to switch off CCTV that spies on pupils

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Schools using CCTV cameras and microphones in classrooms to monitor pupils as young as four have been told they should be switched off.

Bugatti left in garage for 50 years by obsessive doctor sells for £3m at auction

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante,

PETER HITCHENS: How the Czechs are fighting the marshmallow EU tyrant

Peter Hitchens at the changing of the guard at Prague castle

They survived the Nazi jackboot and the Soviet terror, but now the Czechs are fighting to save their nation from a new and even more relentless foe: the EU and its power-mad bureaucrats.

Lord Alli swaps his traditional fur robes for finest...knitted nylon

Lord Alli has swapped his traditional fur-trimmed official robes for ones made from knitted nylon

In an unprecedented departure from tradition, Lord Waheed Alli has decided he no longer wishes to wear the usual ceremonial dress and has instructed a top London tailor to make him a new one.

Foxy Knoxy ‘brought men home’ and did not cry when housemate's dead body was found, trial hears

amanda knox

The girl on trial for killing Meredith Kercher brought strangers home, an Italian court heard.

I wanted a huge family to make up for my lonely childhood: Mother of octuplets speaks for the first time


Wearing nine hospital wristbands - one for herself and one for each newborn - Nadya Suleman told NBCTV that she struggled for seven years to have her first baby in 2001.

Bulgaria set to steal India's crown as call centre operations move closer to Britain

Call centre

It's something we've had to get used to - talking to someone on the other side of the world when calling a company helpline.

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