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General Election 2015: The 60 seats that could decide the outcome
Traditionally, it has been relatively straightforward to identify the constituencies that were likely to determine the outcome of a general election. Everything more or less turned on a collection of marginal seats that were closely fought by Conservative and Labour. Whoever won the bulk of those seats could expect to form the next government, irrespective of what happened elsewhere.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:58:03 +0000)

What happens when a county of 590,000 people loses its only gay bar?
In a quiet function room in Gloucester, a group of friends are drinking tea and enjoying some cake served from a table which is adorned with rainbow flags.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:49:36 +0000)

Labour vs the supermarkets: Plans for new watchdog to stop retailers squeezing suppliers
A powerful “supermarket watchdog” will be established by Labour to prevent big retailers from bullying their suppliers, as the party positions itself as the champion of farmers and consumers.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:45:04 +0000)

Report: Black and Asian civil servants facing discrimination by 'old boys network'
Black and Asian civil servants believe they face routine discrimination by an “old boys network” running Whitehall, a Government report has concluded.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:39:08 +0000)

Poker: Will the government start taxing player's winnings?
Try telling a professional poker player that their passion is more a game of luck than strategy, and they’ll probably snort in derision. And this week research gave them scientfic ammunication to throw back at the claims too; after years of study into the matter, academics have laid their cards out and said definitively that poker is a game of skill.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:59 +0000)

General Election 2015: Miliband promises to cap profits from private health care providers
Ed Miliband promised to cap the profits which private firms make from hospital treatment as he put plans to “rescue the NHS” at the heart of Labour’s general election campaign.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:17:36 +0000)

Ebola in the UK: Nurse who contracted Ebola thanks 'incredible' NHS team that cured her
A British military nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has paid tribute to the “incredible” NHS team that cared for her, after making a full recovery at London’s Royal Free Hospital.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:08:33 +0000)

Ed Miliband went to the Olympic Park and ruined someone’s special day out. But he did get to meet four Alex Salmonds
Choosing to kick-start your election campaign from the lofty position of the Orbit – with the whole of London as the backdrop and overlooking the inspiring view of the Olympic Park – was a clever idea that the PR-obsessed Tony Blair would have been proud of.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:42:58 +0000)

The GM crops debate: Campaigners for and against go head-to-head
This week The Independent has been investigating the future of genetically modified food – nearly 20 years since the first GM crops were planted.To round the series off we asked one pro and one anti GM campaigner to go head to head on the issues in an email exchange to help readers make up their own minds. Claire Robinson of GMWatch and Mark Lynas, an author and proponent of GM technology, took up the challenge
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:20:14 +0000)

Ukip is the sleaziest and most disreputable party in Britain, voters say
Voters think UKIP is the most sleazy political party in Britain, a new poll has found.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:09:34 +0000)

Easter travel woe on the horizon with predictions of a 'hectic' holiday getaway
Families could be hit by travel chaos over Easter, with jams likely on major routes and the closure of multiple lines on the rail network.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:06:56 +0000)

Man arrested for allegedly slapping pensioners who sneezed in Carlisle city centre
A man has been arrested for allegedly slapping elderly people for sneezing while out in public.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:53:42 +0000)

General Election 2015: Another coalition government would be good for Britain
It was like the last day at school when the Cabinet held its final meeting before the general election. Francis Maude, the Tory Cabinet Office minister who is leaving the Commons, defied a ban on mobile phones by taking photos of the 31 ministers at the coffin-shaped Cabinet table.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:48:01 +0000)

Apple puts up barricades in Selfridges to tease the Watch’s arrival
Usually you’d put up a barricade to keep everyone out on a permanent basis, right? Well, Apple has decided that the best way to improve the look of Selfridges was to wall part of it off.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:28:36 +0000)

Scotland will decide next British government, says Labour leader Jim Murphy
Scotland’s voters will decide which party forms the next government, Labour’s Scottish leader has said.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:20:54 +0000)

Ebola in the UK: Army Reservist Anna Cross cured of deadly virus
An Army Reservist who has been successfully treated for Ebola has thanked medical staff for saving her life.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:11:53 +0000)

Ed Miliband pledges 5% profit cap on private NHS providers but whose record is he trying to undo?
Ed Miliband pledged to draw back the involvement of private companies in the National Health Service today as he launched his election campaign in east London.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:39 +0000)

The takeaway restaurant that wants to help children lose weight with fried chicken
Setting up a new fast-food fried chicken shop could help fight childhood obesity, a community group claims.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:20:44 +0000)

Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
Ofcom has received 131 complaints about bias shown towards David Cameron during the first TV debate in the run up to the general election.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:10:42 +0000)

Clocks go forward: why daylight saving is a complete waste of time
In awful news for fans of sleep, the clocks are going to jump forward an hour this weekend.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:29:21 +0000)

Nearly a quarter of students consider sex work, study finds
Nearly a quarter of students have considered sex work, with some turning to the industry to avoid debt and cover basic living expenses, according to a major research project.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:16:09 +0000)

Anthony McSweeney: Catholic priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing boy at children's home in west London
Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a children's home in west London between 1979 and 1981.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:05:41 +0000)

When do clocks go forward in the UK and how does Daylight Saving Time affect our health?
Yes, it's nearly that time of year again. On Sunday 29 March the clocks go forward one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to mark the start of British Summer Time (BST), also known as Daylight Saving Time.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:47:00 +0000)

General election TV debate: Watch the highlights as Cameron and Miliband face questions from Jeremy Paxman
The first of a series of live televised debates was broadcast last night and it saw both main party leaders go head-to-head with Jeremy Paxman, as the former Newsnight man grilled them on issues such as zero-hours contracts, the UK’s economy and immigration.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:41:21 +0000)

Katie Hopkins promises to leave the UK if Labour get elected, wins Ed Miliband the battle for Number 10
Katie Hopkins might have just won Ed Miliband the 2015 General Election.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:29:22 +0000)

Explosion shakes Rotherhithe after van catches fire
South Londoners were woken up by a loud bang this morning after a van exploded on a quiet residential street.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:29:14 +0000)

Hell yes, I’m tough enough: Ed Miliband ‘shrugged off’ ambush by thugs wearing Alex Salmond masks
Now we know why Ed Miliband was in such a fighting spirit when he took on Jeremy Paxman last night.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:07:10 +0000)

This woman confronting Nigel Farage about racism will make your day
Nigel Farage was left red-faced last night after he was filmed being confronted by a woman angry at Ukip’s “divisive” politics.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:05:19 +0000)

Jeremy Paxman gets grilled by Channel 4's Michael Crick as he prepares for yesterday's leadership debate - video
Yesterday, Ed Miliband and David Cameron prepared for their first in a series of live television leadership debates in the lead up to May’s general election.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03:43 +0000)

'Zayn Malik' grills David Cameron at election TV debate
Twitter got very excited last night after when presenter Kay Burley called one 'Zayn Malik' to ask David Cameron a question.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:38:26 +0000)

Ed Miliband strikes back: Am I tough enough? Hell yes. Would I have a pint with David Cameron? No, but I would share a bacon sarnie
Will David Cameron take up Ed Miliband's offer to share a bacon sandwich with him down the pub? Why was Jeremy Paxman so concerned for the Labour leader at the end? And does Kay Burley really feel sorry for Mother Miliband?
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:56:24 +0000)

TV debates: Ed Miliband's counter-attack on Jeremy Paxman beats David Cameron's bore-draw tactics
For all the pre-match bluster and predictions of a bore-draw, the first TV showdown between David Cameron and Ed Miliband was surprisingly fun, informative and engaging.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:02:29 +0000)

Cameron v Miliband: Labour leader wins over at least one voter - Nigel Farage. So are we heading towards a red and purple Coalition?
Before the Battle for Number 10 showdown, Nigel Farage predicted David Cameron would "get the upper hand" over Ed Miliband.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:57:45 +0000)

Police officer arrested on suspicion of his wife's murder
A police officer has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife at their home in Northampton, his own force has said.
(Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:23:25 +0000)

TV debates Sketch: Jeremy Paxman emerges as the night's big winner. Oh how we miss him
The image that lingers on in the mind is Ed Miliband declaring, “Hell, yes, I’m tough enough,” putting on his best “tough enough” face. It was towards the end of the gruelling last 18 minutes of the great television non-debate.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:36:05 +0000)

TV debates: Ed Miliband takes most plaudits after David Cameron fails to find answers on food banks and zero-hours contracts
Labour claimed has victory after Ed Miliband and David Cameron both faced hostile questions tonight in the first of four live TV debates with the party leaders ahead of the May election.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:33:31 +0000)

News of the World phone hacking report: Majority of victims were only connected to celebrities
The vast majority of News of the World phone hacking victims were connected to celebrities rather than the rich and famous themselves, according to a report published today.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:55:37 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Charles Walker's eloquent rebuke to William Hague's valedictory skulduggery
He is hardly a household name. The tie was very slightly askew. He had trouble holding it together as he neared the end. But this was a speech which will be remembered long after many by more famous colleagues will have been forgotten, the final line a shoo-in for a Dictionary of Political Quotations: “I would much rather be an honourable fool in this and any other matter than a clever man.”
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:27:18 +0000)

Secret trial clears man of plotting to kill Tony Blair
A British law student has been cleared of targeting Tony Blair and his wife Cherie as part of a terrorist plot, following the UK’s first secret terror case.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:12:03 +0000)

John Bercow: Government's 'squalid' plot to oust the Speaker fails
A Government plot to try and oust the Speaker of the House of Commons by stealth ahead of the election spectacularly unravelled today as backbench MPs, including 23 Tory rebels, inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Government.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:27 +0000)

Deported migrants died after jumping off ferry to swim back to Britain
Two deportees died when they jumped from a ferry in a desperate attempt to swim back to the UK shore after they had earlier been caught trying to smuggle themselves into Britain, an inquest has heard.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:51:03 +0000)

Labour hit back at Tories over VAT freeze promise
David Cameron’s Commons triumph over Ed Miliband when he ruled out a rise in VAT after the general election was called into question today.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:48:59 +0000)

Cameron vs Miliband TV debate - live
Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband faced grilling from veteran interviewer Jeremy Paxman tonight, in the first of the debates and interviews broadcast in the run up to the general election.After Cameron said he would not go head-to-head with Miliband, the pair were instead questioned separately twice. The second round saw them face a studio audience in the joint Sky News/Channel 4 programme.What we have learned:- Cameron admitted he couldn't live on a zero hours contract- Miliband said 'hell yes' he's tough enough to be Prime Minister- Miliband apologised for aspects of Blair/Brown Government and immigration- Cameron admitted he didn't meet immigration target- No new policies were announced How tonight worked:- Miliband won a coin toss, and chose to be interviewed second- Paxman interviewed each leader for 18 minutes- A 100-strong audience - a third of whom are Tory supporters, a third Labour backers and the final third undecided - questioned them separately for a further 18 minutes, while Sky's Kay Burley moderated
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:43:14 +0000)

Richard III: Now he's Richard the reinterred – to star-studded acclaim
They gave him the Archbishop of Canterbury, scattering holy water. Plus John Sergeant, from Strictly Come Dancing. And Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:39:29 +0000)

Zayn Malik leaving One Direction is more important than David Cameron and the General Election, says Russell Brand
Russell Brand has theorised that the worrying hysteria surrounding departing One Direction member Zayn Malik is because of society's loss of religion.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:26:42 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: Respect MP George Galloway needs to work on his swing
George Galloway – never one to understate his  own achievements – was heard on BBC Radio’s Today news programme talking up his victory in  the Bradford West by-election. “We successfully won the biggest swing of the 20th century on mainland Britain,” he proclaimed.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:17:05 +0000)

Cameron v Miliband, via Paxman and Kay Burley: why tonight's non-debate is a pathetic show of our 'democracy'
With just 42 days to go until voters choose who they want to lead the country, the two contenders will both attend the same TV studio.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:02:28 +0000)

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters: What has Clarence House been fighting to protect?
The seven Supreme Court justices who handed down their judgement today were only deciding upon a point of law, so they did not have to read the 27 letters which both Clarence House and Government have fought so hard to keep secret.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:31:18 +0000)

Gordon Brown: 'English votes for English laws' will undermine the UK
Gordon Brown today warned that the survival of the United Kingdom was in jeopardy as he delivered his final Commons speech in a 32-year career as an MP.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:16:40 +0000)

Jeremy Paxman hosts leaders' debate: Remembering the time he once complained to the M&S CEO about the elastic in his underwear
Move over Clarkson, it’s time for the other acerbic Jeremy formally employed by the BBC to take centre stage.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:14:23 +0000)

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'
Dozens of private letters written by Prince Charles to Government ministers containing the future king’s “most deeply held personal views and beliefs” are set to be published within weeks, in the wake of a landmark ruling by the UK’s highest court.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:21 +0000)

Gordon Brown: The Nixon of British politics or the man who saved the Union? Twitter reacts to former Prime Minister's Commons farewell
Gordon Brown bid farewell to the House of Commons today and in his passionate valedictory speech he pledged to "fight, struggle, do battle and fight and fight again" for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:56:10 +0000)

Scotland coach crash: Five seriously injured and 25 'walking wounded' as tourist coach crashes on country's west coast
Five people have been seriously injured and another 25 left hurt after a coach carrying tourists crashed on the west coast of Scotland.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:29:58 +0000)

Heavily pregnant woman eight days shy of due date fined £70 for using Asda 'parent and toddler' parking bay as 'unaccompanied' by child
A heavily pregnant woman who was just eight days shy of her due date was handed a £70 parking fine at her local Asda supermarket for parking in the “parent and toddler” bay while “not accompanied” by a child.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:09:11 +0000)

Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
More than 220 calls were made to employment law experts by workers asking for compassionate leave following the news that Zayn Malik had quit One Direction.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:21 +0000)

Lib Dem candidate suspended following child sex abuse arrest
A Liberal Democrat candidate has been suspended after he was arrested over allegations of child sex abuse, leaving the party’s battle to win a key target seat in tatters.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:55:21 +0000)

Emotional scenes in Parliament as Speaker John Bercow heads off attempt to oust him
The Government has suffered a bitter defeat after ministers launched an ill-fated, last-minute attempt to change the rules for electing the House of Commons Speaker.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:01:23 +0000)

Erol Incedal: First terror suspect to be tried in a secret court found not guilty of plot targeting Tony Blair
The first terror suspect to be tried in a secret court case has been found not guilty of targeting the former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:39:20 +0000)

Meningitis B vaccine: Stalled negotiations sees private sales soar in wealthiest regions, a year after DoH announced it would be free on NHS
A year after Jeremy Hunt’s health department announced it would make a new vaccine against meningitis B available free on the NHS, stalled negotiations between the government and the drug manufacturer has resulted in private sales soaring in only the wealthiest regions of Britain.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:23:02 +0000)

Firefighters attend out-of-control moorland fire on Dartmoor
Fire crews have attended an out-of-control moorland blaze in Dartmoor national park in South West England.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:36:09 +0000)

'Gay cake' row: Gay mayor Andrew Muir urges mediation as legal action begins against Christian bakery
Andrew Muir, Northern Ireland’s first openly gay mayor and the intended recipient of a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage message, has urged for “mediation” as the Equality Commission, and the Christian bakers who refused to make the cake, head to court.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:11:44 +0000)

Richard III: What is reinterment and why is the once-reviled Plantagenet king being reburied?
King Richard III, the last English monarch to be killed in battle and whose death effectively marked the end of the Middle Ages, will be buried in Leicester today.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:57:52 +0000)

Why do the Tories want to stab John Bercow in the back?
The last act of William Hague's distinguished parliamentary career will be to move a motion to stab the Speaker John Bercow in the back.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:53:24 +0000)

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid shares his family's anguish at the news Zayn Malik has left 1D
Are the Tories really canvasing for the Directioners’ votes?
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:29:09 +0000)

Indian restaurant owner charged with manslaughter after customer dies from peanut allergy
The owner of an Indian restaurant in North Yorkshire has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of one of his customers.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:24:08 +0000)

Letters from Prince Charles to ministers should be made public, the Supreme Court rules
Letters from Prince Charles to government ministers should be made public under freedom of information law, the Supreme Court has ruled. 
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:21:03 +0000)

Ukip is a ‘cult’ that ‘entertains bigots’ says the party’s former LGBT chairman
Ukip is a “cult” that is “too willing to entertain bigots,” according to the former chair of the party’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:04:55 +0000)

Premier League footballer involved in £100,000 blackmail allegation after cheating on his partner should be named, High Court judge rules
A Premier League footballer who is involved in an alleged blackmail plot surrounding a one night stand should be named, a High Court judge has ruled.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:42:00 +0000)

For the first time ever, most British people do not support the death penalty
Less than half of the British population is in favour of the death penalty for the first time ever, according to an authoritative annual survey of attitudes.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:19:17 +0000)

Let them all play Candy Crush: All 650 MPs to be given £499 iPads after the election
All 650 MPs will be given £499 iPads after the election, costing the taxpayer £1 million.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:16:34 +0000)

Ukip MEP Jill Seymour under fire for renting office from her husband with taxpayers' cash
A Ukip MEP has come under fire for using taxpayers’ money to pay the rent on an office owned by her husband.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:37:08 +0000)

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters Supreme Court ruling expected
Prince Charles’s subjects will today discover whether they will be permitted to know what he has been writing to government ministers.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000)

Scotland Yard 'spied on Labour ministers'
Police spied on 10 Labour MPs – including the party’s current deputy leader Harriet Harman -- during the 1990s, according to a former undercover officer.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:01:41 +0000)

Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Three quarters of Ukip supporters are in favour of bringing back the death penalty, according to research published today which said the party should be defined as belonging to the radical right.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:02:01 +0000)

Schools and police failing to warn parents of children at risk of travelling to join Isis, say MPs
Schools and police are heavily criticised by MPs today for failing to alert parents that their children are at risk of fleeing Britain to join Isis forces.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:46 +0000)

NHS in crisis: 'Real risk' that patient care will suffer and waiting times will rise
The Coalition government will leave office with the NHS in the red for the first time in a decade and with waiting times at their highest in years, independent experts have said.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:33 +0000)

Preston has 'unhealthiest' shops in the UK
Preston has the “unhealthiest” high street in Britain, according to a study by the Royal Society for Public Health.
(Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Tories in 'surprise' pre-election attack to oust Bercow as Speaker
The Tories last night launched an eleventh hour ambush to make it harder for John Bercow to be re-elected speaker after the General Election.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:12:55 +0000)

Ghoncheh Ghavami: Charges dropped - but volleyball Briton must stay
A British-Iranian woman who was jailed for attending a volleyball match in Tehran has had all further charges against her dropped but is barred from leaving Iran until late next year.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:08:50 +0000)

Labour would end indefinite detention of refugees
The indefinite detention of asylum-seekers and migrants would be ended by a Labour government, the party will announce today.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:02:03 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: PM on a roll after escaping Miliband's VAT trap
The fox was not so much shot, as vaporised, atomised, pulverised, the molecular vestiges of what had nanoseconds earlier been its fur, teeth and ears sent careening into the upper atmosphere.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:58:50 +0000)

Capita and the great British food safety sell-off
The sale of a key government research unit to the outsourcing giant Capita could undermine essential work on food safety and lead to commercial concerns being put before the public interest, a leading expert has warned.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:42:41 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: Who's staying and who's going - does anyone know?
Some people are having problems keeping track of which MPs are standing down this week, and which are fighting on.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:42:36 +0000)

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband and David Cameron go head-to-head tomorrow night
Ed Miliband has won the first skirmish in the televised battle between the party leaders ahead of the May general election.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:30:27 +0000)

Cameron: Labour 'has secret jobs tax plan'
David Cameron unexpectedly ruled out raising VAT and the Labour leadership promised not to increase National Insurance rates as tax dominated the final parliamentary skirmishes before the general election.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:18:30 +0000)

Jeremy Clarkson sacked from Top Gear: David Cameron believes he must 'face the consequences of abuse'
Downing Street was forced to row back on David Cameron’s stated support of sacked Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson this afternoon.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:13:52 +0000)

Penrose report: Blood scandal inquiry branded a ‘whitewash’
All people in Scotland who had a blood transfusion before 1991 should be tested for hepatitis C, according to the sole recommendation of a six-year inquiry into one of the biggest treatment failures in NHS history.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:08:48 +0000)

General Election 2015: Lib Dems pledge global same-sex marriage rights
British embassies around the world would be given the power to perform same-sex marriages – even if one partner was not a British citizen, under proposals to be included in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:06:58 +0000)

Dementia sufferer walked out of Stoke Mandeville Hospital to her death
Stoke Mandeville Hospital has been criticised for putting patients’ lives at risk after a 79-old dementia sufferer was allowed to walk out of the building at lunchtime before her body was discovered in a ditch a few hundreds away the next day.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:01:02 +0000)

Prime Minister's Questions: 11 reasons why it epitomises the worst in British politics
Politicians and journalists love it but for the vast majority of the public, watching Prime Minister’s Questions resembles a trip to the zoo and epitomises everything they hate about British politics.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:13:19 +0000)

Germanwings plane crash: Family of British victim Paul Andrew Bramley speak of sorrow
The family of a British victim on board the crashed Germanwings plane have spoken of their devastation at losing a “kind, caring and loving son”.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:02:38 +0000)

David Cameron promises he won’t raise VAT again if the Tories are re-elected
The Conservatives will not increase the rate of VAT if they win the next election, David Cameron has promised.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:07:19 +0000)

Second World War bomb dug up by builders in London detonated by Army in huge explosion
This was the moment a Nazi bomb from the Second World War was finally detonated, more than 70 years after being dropped on London.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:10 +0000)

Watch men steal from unsuspecting woman while she shops
If you have a bad habit of putting your wallet in your back pocket or leaving your bag open then this video might make you think twice.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:56:07 +0000)

Is Nick Clegg looking for a new job already? Lib Dem leader stars in Uptown Funk remake
It looks like Nick Clegg’s search for a new career has begun in earnest, but he may have to change his choice of industry if his remake of Uptown Funk is anything to go by.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:47:22 +0000)

Woman who tried to 'boil her husband' jailed for four years
A woman who tried to "boil her husband" by pouring scalding water over him after being told they were "getting divorced" has been jailed for four years.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:32:09 +0000)

Most desirable postcodes in the UK: Bebington, in Wirral, named as 'most desirable' place to live and work in England
While the demand for houses in London shows no sign of slowing, towns in the North have dominated a recent study to find the most desirable place to live and work in the country.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:33:57 +0000)

David Cameron and the mystery of the 'sexist' chopping board
David Cameron brought the BBC into his Oxfordshire "second kitchen" earlier this week.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:59:40 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Grey voters give the tardy PM colourful reminders about social care
Normally, before Cameron Direct events, the audience waits in respectful silence for the Prime Minister.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:38:58 +0000)

Why the bleak service station is best for business people
Motorway service station car parks may be bleak, but they are increasingly popular with business people looking for a quiet place to work, according to academic research.
(Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:04:15 +0000)