X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Banbury Cake: Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Murderers lose whole-life challenge

Banbury Cake: Jamie Reynolds lured a teenage girl to her death

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

Two murderers have lost challenges against orders that they can never be released from prison.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

Banbury Cake: JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

10:03am Friday 31st October 2014

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

RBS writes off further £780m

Banbury Cake: RBS is 80 per cent owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis

7:37am Friday 31st October 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland wrote off another £780 million for past misconduct today and suggested more pain was to come before taxpayers would see a return on their £46 billion bail-out of the lender.

Praising pupils 'can be harmful'

Banbury Cake: The Trust says judging the quality of teaching is very difficult

7:16am Friday 31st October 2014

It is often said that a little encouragement goes a long way, but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom.

Man held over firework plant blaze

Banbury Cake: Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a blaze in a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing.

Labour set for new Scots leadership

Banbury Cake: Labour leader Ed Miliband, former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Alistair Darling

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Ed Miliband is looking to a completely new leadership team to turn around the flagging Labour Party in Scotland as two polls suggested he is facing a wipeout north of the border.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

Banbury Cake: The majority of the adults asked in a poll did not know the number of calories in a pint of lager

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Police chief faces internal charge

Banbury Cake: Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

11:11am Friday 31st October 2014

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

Woolf must quit, say abuse victims

Banbury Cake: Fiona Woolf who faces fresh pressure about her role at head of a Government inquiry into child abuse.

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Fiona Woolf's position as chair of the Government inquiry into historical child sex abuse appeared increasingly at risk today as victims' representatives formally called for her removal.


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