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Sir Harold Evans, who has died aged 92, was a legend among journalists. His campaigns against injustice and for the highest journalistic standards forged his reputation. During his tenure as editor of the Sunday Times, he turned the paper into a beacon for crusading journalism. His finest moment was probably his campaign for the families of children who suffered birth defects as a result of the drug Thalidomide. Harold Evans was born on 28 June 1928 in Eccles, Lancashire, now in Greater Manchester, the son of Welsh parents. His father was an engine driver while his mother ran a small grocery shop from the family home. Evans later described them as "the self-consciously respectable working class". Full story

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