Keira and Sir Elton's bid to save former KGB spy and media tycoon Lebedev from Russian jail sentenceAlexander Lebedev faces up to five years in jail for hitting Sergei Polonsky Sting, Sir Elton John and Keira Knightley unite in bid to save him from jailJudge last week banned him from leaving Russia ahead of controversial trial By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 23:03 GMT, 13 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:11 GMT, 13 April 2013 Sir Elton John, Keira Knightley and Sting have united in a bid to save media tycoon Alexander Lebedev from jail in Moscow. This comes after a judge last week banned him from leaving Russia ahead of his controversial trial in which he is accused of politically motivated ‘hooliganism’.
Glorious in green: Kate puts a tough few weeks behind her as she presents Sports Personality of the Year award The Duchess of Cambridge presents Bradley Wiggins with the Sports Personality of the Year trophyKate also hands London 2012 chief Lord Coe with the Lifetime Achievement awardSmile shows she is trying hard to put a difficult time of late behind herLondon 2012 heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis gets runners-up trophy, with Team GB gold-winning tennis star Andy Murray third | UPDATED: 10:53 GMT, 17 December 2012 She was a passionate and dedicated cheerleader for our athletes during this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. And it seems nothing would stop the Duchess of Cambridge continuing that role last night – not even the crippling form of morning sickness that has plagued her for the last two weeks.
'They killed my MI6 husband and more will die if Putin isn't stopped': The two chilling deaths of Russian nationals in Britain and the stories of the women they left behind | UPDATED: 13:04 GMT, 16 December 2012 Marina Litvinenko is used to people comparing her life to a plot from a John le Carr novel.
The Coalition's in good cheer – so the hangover will be terrible | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 16 December 2012 Happy: One visitor to No.10 described David Cameron's mood as 'irrationally exuberant' Almost ‘irrationally exuberant’ is how one recent visitor to No 10 describes David Cameron’s mood. As they discussed the political situation and the state of the Coalition, the Prime Minister radiated optimism.
Triple agent! Poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was working for British AND Spanish intelligence, says wifeFormer KGB agent was working for both MI6 and at their behest Spanish intelligence services at the time of his deathAlexander Litvinenko was advising on how closely linked Russian Mafia were to the country's governmentSpy was poisoned after allegedly having tea with former KGB colleaguesFamily claim he may have been poisoned in bid to silence him or as warning Lugovoy – now Russian MP – was double crossing his government and working alongside Mr Litvinenko in handing over information to Spain | UPDATED: 23:20 GMT, 13 December 2012 Poisoned former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was effectively a triple agent working for MI6 and the Spanish secret service, it was claimed yesterday. He was on the payroll of MI6 and had a handler called ‘Martin’, a barrister for his widow Marina said. The Spanish secret service was also bankrolling his espionage activities and both stipends were paid into a joint bank account he held with his wife, it was said.
Collared, the cat burglar who can't stop stealing keys thanks to her magnetic tag Neighbours were left mystified as their house and car keys kept vanishingThe tabby's collar had a magnet to stop others getting through the catflapOwner solved the mystery when Milo walked in with keys around her neck | UPDATED: 01:54 GMT, 11 December 2012 So, just what attracts a mild-mannered tabby to a life of crime The answer, if you look closely, is the magnet hanging from her collar. This is Milo, the cat burglar responsible for pinching more than 20 sets of keys from her neighbours in the past month.
'There'll be no triple dip recession': Danny Alexander dismisses dire warnings made by economic expertsChief Secretary to the Treasury predicted steady growth would returnDanny Alexander was positive despite predictions of a third recession | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 10 December 2012 The Chancellor’s second in command yesterday dismissed fears that Britain was heading for a triple dip recession, despite dire warnings from economic experts. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, predicted ‘steady growth’ would slowly return next year and the year after.
Starbucks 'treats tax like a church collection plate': Treasury chief secretary attacks coffee chain Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said today paying tax ‘is not a voluntary choice’ Anger that coffee giant been allowed to cut a deal and pay a 'voluntary' 10million a year Anti-tax demonstrators protested outside more than 50 Starbucks coffee shops across the country this weekend | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 9 December 2012 Enlarge Tough talk: Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said on The Andrew Marr show that the Government would clamp down on companies that dodge tax Starbucks was accused of treating its tax obligations ‘like the church collection plate’ yesterday as the backlash against the coffee giant intensified. A Cabinet minister weighed into the row over the chain’s surprise deal with the taxman to pay a ‘voluntary’ 10million a year in tax. The agreement, revealed last week, followed weeks of damaging publicity about the American-owned company following revelations it had not paid any corporation tax in Britain for three years.
Danny's dad is off message | UPDATED: 02:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Ed Ball's spectacular failure to lay a glove on George Osborne during their Autumn Statement shoot-out was watched from the Commons public gallery by one Di Alexander – proud father of Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander. As the Shadow Chancellor floundered, Alexander Snr reached for his mobile phone and texted his ginger-haired son as follows: ‘God, the Opposition are weak. You should be getting a much harder ride.’ Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Coalition’s financial management, was it Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was criticised by Di Alexander for his performance in the Commons All those intimate, cringe-making text messages between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have cost more than just extreme embarrassment for the Prime Minister.
Spending watchdog slams defence chief's 220,000 pay deal with 25,000 thrown in for a London flatFormer Labour advisor Bernard Gray was hired by the coalition in 2011 to be in charge of military equipment But his pay and perks package was not properly signed off by the TreasuryNational Audit Office refuses to sign off the Ministry of Defence's accounts PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 7 December 2012 Bernard Gray was appointed as Chief of Defence Materiel in 2011, but the deal to pay him for a London flat was not signed off properly, the National Audit Office found The Ministry of Defence agreed to contribute some 25,000 towards a senior official's living expenses without proper authorisation from the Treasury, auditors said last night.