"I"m on benefits and unemployable": Shamed Baby P boss Sharon Shoesmith says nobody will now take risk of employing her

'I'm on benefits and unemployable': Self-pitying Baby P boss Sharon Shoesmith says nobody will now take risk of employing herFormer social services chief avoids public places four years after sackingSharon Shoesmith is unable to find work because of blame for Baby PIn rare interview she says risk to children is now greater than before case By James Rush PUBLISHED: 00:57 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 6 January 2013 Sharon Shoesmith has said she is on benefits and is unemployable after being blamed for the Baby P case The social services chief sacked over the Baby P scandal has spoken of how her life has been unable to 'move on' since she lost her job four years ago.

The world"s best father? Generous Chinese businessman provides 100million dowry for his daughter ahead of lavish wedding

The world's best father (…or father-in-law) Generous Chinese businessman gives 100million dowry ahead of daughter's lavish weddingIncludes boxes of gold jewellery, property portfolio and shares in his firmThe groom, a civil servant, has known the bride since kindergarten Expensive dowries have long been a marriage tradition in the region By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 18:51 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 GMT, 2 January 2013 New bride: Wu Ruibiao's daughter was given four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m and an impressive property portfolio A wealthy Chinese tile magnate gave his daughter a gigantic 100million dowry that included four boxes of gold jewellery, shares and several homes for her lavish wedding. The extravagant gift included four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m (20m yuan) and an impressive property portfolio

David James: Family"s fury after hospital wins legal battle to let grandfather, 69, die if illness deteriorates

They've sentenced Dad to death: Family's fury after hospital wins legal battle to let grandfather, 69, die if illness deterioratesDavid James, 69, contracted pneumonia during a hospital visit and has been bedridden sinceHis wife May and daughter Julie lost landmark High Court battle last week Local hospital have been allowed to put the retired musician on the Liverpool Care Pathway if his health deteriorates | UPDATED: 10:40 GMT, 29 December 2012 'Smashing': David James's standard comment on his health may not last long Last night, as she has done every night for the past eight months, May James visited her husband in hospital and asked him how he was. Despite the fact he breathes via a ventilator and, since undergoing a tracheotomy (the surgical opening of an airway in the neck), can speak only in a whisper or mouth the words, his response was typically cheery

Welcome to the Cabinet, Maam, be prepared for party squabbling

Welcome to the Cabinet, Ma’am, be prepared for party squabbling By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 23:29 GMT, 17 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 17 December 2012 TODAY the Queen will attend Cabinet – the first time she has done so in her 60-year reign. The visit, at the invitation of David Cameron, is to mark her Diamond Jubilee

Ministry of Defence chief Bernard Gray spends 23,000 on hotel stays in his first ten months in the job

MoD chief runs up 23,000 hotel bill and you pay! Outrage at expenses when department faces huge cutbacksBernard Gray ran up the huge bill in his first ten months in the jobEarns 220,000 as Chief of Defence Materiel, in charge of equipmentShadow defence minister says people will be 'shocked' at 'luxurious lifestyle' | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 13 December 2012 Luxury: Bernard Gray, pictured, Chief of Defence Materiel, has spent 23,000 on luxurious hotels in his first ten months in the job.

Rotten row between neighbours: Writer Angela Hargreaves causes outrage after locals say she based saucy novel on them

The saucy book that's caused a rotten row between neighbours: Writer causes outrage after locals say she based erotic novel on them Angela Hargreaves' novel Rotten Row is described as a tale of 'sexual encounters' and the 'complexity of living in close proximity to some neighbours'The writer's own neighbours in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after accusing her of basing the story on their lives Hargreaves insists the book is fictional | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 10 December 2012 Authors often base their novels on their own experiences, over-heard conversations or eccentric characters they may have met throughout their lives. But one writer has caused offense by keeping her characters too close to home – as she's been accused of basing them on her own neighbours. Friends of novelist Angela Hargreaves, who lives in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after private conversations they've had with her and secrets they've confided have allegedly ended up in her book.