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Truth of charity is not so cuddly

The plight of the bile bears in China has touched the hearts of our readers across the West Country. More than £80,000 has poured in in just 21 days to help these tortured, loving creatures who spend up to 20

Mercury sets up face-to-face Q&A with Tory leader Howard

Tory leader Michael Howard has visited the Birmingham newsroom of the Sunday Mercury for a face-to-face question-and-answer session from readers. The meeting, set up by Mercury head of content Tony Larner, brought readers face-to-face with Mr Howard – and they

MP's broadside to PM – via the Argus

A long-serving Labour MP has used the columns of the South Wales Argus to launch a savage pre-election attack on his party’s leadership. Llew Smith, who is retiring from one of the country’s safest Labour seats, pulled no punches in

Crow's birthday wishes from the Queen

The Royston Crow is celebrating its 150th birthday. The newspaper, which covers parts of North Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire and East Hertfordshire, first hit the streets on January 1, 1855, and its milestone has attracted the attention of both royalty and

Former spin-doctor gets a grilling online

A chance of a live web chat with Alastair Campbell proved popular, with the former Downing Street spin-doctor answering questions at ManchesterOnline. Topics covered a wide-range of subjects, from the Dr Kelly affair to the future of Burnley FC. The

Blair praise for work of PA after office blaze

Tony Blair has praised the role of The Press Association of Ireland after a fire destroyed the agency’s Belfast office last month. In a letter to Ireland editor Deric Henderson, the Prime Minister said he was shocked by the destruction.

Blair gets a 'bloody nose' from Chronicle readers

Tony Blair has received a “bloody nose” from readers of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle after the results of its Big Poll showed that more than two thirds of those questioned do not trust him. The survey, which was the biggest

Post scoops the nationals on Prescott river rescue report

A routine picture story showing John Prescott on holiday in north Wales led to the Daily Post scooping the nationals with an exclusive on how the deputy prime minister saved a concussed canoeist who had fallen into a river. The

Reporter secures three book crime writing deal

Oxford Mail reporter Michael Litchfield is to leave the newspaper next month to concentrate on his work as an author. Local government reporter Michael, who also writes for the Mail’s sister paper the Oxford Times, has secured a three-book deal

News in brief

The Haverhill Weekly News has been cleared of wrongly dismissing two receptionists.An employment tribunal threw out claims of constructive unfair dismissal against the pair, who were part-time workers, and said that the company had the right to allocate specific days

Paper celebrates with Special Edition brew

The Whitby Gazette has teamed up with local brewery Black Dog to launch a beer to mark the paper’s 150th anniversary. The 5.2 per cent bitter Whitby Gazette Special Edition is available at selected pubs in the Whitby area –

Mercury celebrates in style

The Teesdale Mercury in County Durham has marked its 150th anniversary in style, with a host of celebrations. Staff at the paper dressed in period costume in honour of the milestone, and enjoyed a party with a special ‘front page’