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UK news: Former Johnson aide joins Ukip - The Tories suffered another defection embarrassment today when Boris Johnson's former right hand man at City Hall announced he is joining Ukip.

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UK news: Economy growth better than thought - Britain's economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the second quarter of this year though the start of 2014 was more sluggish, according to revised official figures.

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UK news: PM pledges 7-days-a-week GP access - David Cameron has promised "many more" family doctors after the general election in order to deliver a pledge of extended-hours access to a GP seven days a week for every NHS patient in England.

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UK news - September to be 'driest on record' - This is set to be the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country, the Met Office said.

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Children victims of revenge porn - Children as young as 11 have been victims of revenge pornography, with their perpetrators often evading justice due to loopholes in the law, new figures show.

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Potential of solar power hailed - Solar power could outstrip fossil fuels, other renewables and nuclear to be the biggest source of electricity by mid-century, the International Energy Agency has said.

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Ireland denies tax deal with Apple - Ireland has denied striking a secret tax deal with technology giant Apple that would have allegedly broken EU rules on state aid.

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UK news: West Ham player fined for assault - West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

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UK news: Osborne vows to 'finish the job' - Chancellor George Osborne urged voters to "choose the future not the past" at next year's general election, as he laid out a vision of Britain as "the most prosperous major country on Earth".

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UK news: Lloyds sacks 8 after rate-fix probe - Lloyds Banking Group has fired eight members of staff and withheld bonuses worth £3 million as part of disciplinary action taken in the wake of July's revelations about rate-fixing.

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An angel among us

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At the crack of dawn when most of us are still tucked up in bed, Tracey Gibbs is up and making an unusually large breakfast.

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Economy growth better than thought

The economy is growing faster than estimated, according to new figures

Britain's economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the second quarter of this year though the start of 2014 was more sluggish, according to revised official figures.

Next sales alert amid Indian summer

Sales at fashion chain Next are currently up 6% in the quarter to the end of October, rather than the 10% previously forecast for the period, amid warmer weather (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Fashion retailer Next has warned that it will have to lower its profits guidance for this year if the Indian summer continues throughout October.

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Letter: Governing the nation

Ed Miliband

What is it about our current crop of politicians from the tired old school that makes them want to deny English people from having any say in governing themselves?

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Star comment: Can solar farms be that good?

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If a self-appointed expert, a boss of a solar farm company, or an environmental campaigner, says that there is nothing for Salopians to fear from solar farms, you would justifiably think that they would say that, wouldn’t they?

Phil GIllam: A new chapter for some

One of the Edward Burne-Jones paintings at Shrewsbury Art Gallery’s new exhibition

Naked ladies (I knew that would get your attention), creating compelling fiction, and also prayers, quiet reflection and remembrance; these are all on the menu this week.

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Fantastic British season finale at Loton Park

Shropshire’s premier motor sport venue, Loton Park Hill Climb near Shrewsbury, hosted the final round of the British Hill Climb Championship over the weekend, where hundreds of spectators enjoyed watching the action in glorious sunshine as final positions in national, club and class championships were all to play for.