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Tom Richmond: SNP steps in at PMQs to do Corbyn’s job for him

IT speaks volumes about the state of domestic politics that the most effective opposition at Westminster is being provided by the Scottish Nationalists – the party which wants to break-up the United Kingdom.

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George Osborne, the former chancellor speaking in the House of Commons, London about his appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Tom Richmond: Osborne’s dash for cash raises spectre of ‘sleaze’

THE Conservative Party in Tatton certainly knows how to pick candidates guaranteed to cause maximum embarrassment.

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Jockey Robbie Power celebrates with the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his winning ride on Sizing John (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Cheltenham Gold Cup victory vindicates Robbie Power’s evaluation

even though Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John carried the colours of Yorkshire-born mining tycoon Alan Potts and his wife Ann to glory, this was a St Patrick’s Day victory for Irish racing royalty.

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The original 'gang of four' members in 1981 - David Owen, Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams and Roy Jenkins. Is there the need for a new party in today's Britain?

Tom Richmond: A new ‘third way’ party could speak for so many

EVEN before Brexit – and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom after Nicola Sturgeon triggered the nuclear option on Scottish independence – these were dispiriting times for the more moderate and progressive in politics who value the priceless principles of conciliation, consensus and co-operation.

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Willoughby Court ridden by David Bass pulls away from the last flight before going on to win the Neptune Investment Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival: Changing fortunes as David Bass bounces back with victory

ON the deck one day, on cloud nine the next. Jump jockey David Bass’s Cheltenham experience epitomises a jump jockey’s life.

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Special Tiara and Noel Fehily return after winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Cheltenham Festival: Special moment for jockey Noel Fehily as Douvan misses out

FOR years, Noel Fehily was the ‘nearly man’ of Cheltenham.

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Buveur D'Air and Noel Fehily return after winning The Stan James Champion Hurdle Race at Cheltenham yesterday.

Cheltenham Festival: Henderson eclipses Easterby’s Hurdle landmark

THAT it took a quietly satisfied Nicky Henderson 32 years to become the winning-most Champion Hurdle trainer in history speaks volumes about the Cheltenham Festival record set by Yorkshire’s genius Peter Easterby.

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Douvan and jockey Ruby Walsh.

Cheltenham Festival: Mullins believes Douvan can join Festival’s greats

WILLIE Mullins does not need reminding that there are no racing certainties – Ireland’s champion trainer has endured a torrid season.

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Britain will begin the process of leaving the EU when Article 50 is triggered.

Tom Richmond: PM faces toughest task of all as Brexit process starts

THE context is critical. If it requires games of political ping-pong between the Government and Parliament to establish the legal right to trigger Article 50, how on earth will Theresa May win backing for the final Brexit settlement with the EU?

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Race winner Forest Bihan (left) ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman.

Happy to pick up gauntlet laid down by Altior

BOTH Brian Ellison and Malcolm Jefferson accept that Altior – the potential superstar steeplechaser already being hailed as the next Sprinter Sacre – will be virtually impossible to beat in next week’s Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

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William Hague is advocating an early election.

Tom Richmond: May is right to resist calls for early general election

SHOULD Theresa May exploit her extended political honeymoon and call a snap general election to fully capitalise on Labour’s disarray under Jeremy Corbyn?

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Chancellor Philip Hammond departs 11 Downing Street to deliver his first Budget.

Tom Richmond: ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ knows we must get back in black

THE CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer goes by the sobriquet ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ for good reason – he’s a details man who can study a balance sheet instantaneously thanks to his mathematical mind.

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Irish Roe ridden by Graham Lee (top) and My Khaleesi ridden by Wayne Hutchinson dead-heat in the High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Cheltenham last November.

The Northallerton pig farmers with two horses and dreams of Cheltenham glory

THE special relationship between farmers and National Hunt racing has always been intrinsic to the sport.

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Douvan with trainer Willie Mullins and groom Rachel Robbins

Mullins expecting more from stable star Douvan

WILLIE Mullins has trained some of National Hunt racing’s biggest names in the last 20 years, but never before has a horse made him more excited than the mighty Douvan.

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Ed Chamberlin presenting for ITV Sport from Cheltenham (Picture: PA)

No regrets: Ed Chamberlin switched on to his new role and building a new audience for racing

FOR months, sports presenter Ed Chamberlin was told by friends, colleagues and acquaintances that he was “mad” to become ITV’s face of racing. This, after all, is the consummate broadcaster who had made his name presenting Premier League football on Sky Sports.

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Will a parkway station and park and ride site improve access to Leeds Bradford Airport?

Tom Richmond: First trolleybus, now answers over Leeds Bradford Airport link fail to get off the ground

HERE we go again. Having wasted a small fortune on a trolleybus system that was flawed from the moment it was imposed upon Leeds by Alistair Darling, the then Transport Secretary, history appears to be repeating itself.

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Former cabinet minister Alan Johnson.

Tom Richmond: Social care – Alan Johnson’s compassion versus the brazen Sajid Javid as Minister shows his contempt

WHY is social care now at the mercy of the brazen Sajid Javid when Labour’s Alan Johnson, a unifying former minister of compassion, is languishing in the political wilderness?

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Yanworth ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA.

New partner for Yanworth still unknown ahead of Stan James Champion Hurdle

ALan KING has only one concern ahead of Yanworth’s tilt at the Stan James Champion Hurdle – the absence of a confirmed jockey.

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The abuse sent to Labour politician Diane Abbott is indefensible in a civilised society.

Tom Richmond: Vile abuse that threatens the very future of politics

HAS nothing been learned from the murder of Jo Cox MP? Even though her family continue to show immense dignity as they launch The Great Get Together to mark the first anniversary of their loved one’s death, the same cannot be said for political debate and dialogue in this country.

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