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Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents
Most local newspapers actively drive for their MPs to spend less time in Westminster and more time engaging with their constituents, but one weekly paper in south London has taken the rare step of asking its Conservative MP to stop launching petitions and bothering voters.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Sexual abuse inquiry: Investigation into Jimmy Savile's years of abuse at the BBC delayed for a third time
The judge-led inquiry into sexual abuse at the BBC has been contacted by so many witnesses that publication of its findings has been delayed yet again, until next year. The Dame Janet Smith review, set up in 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, was initially expected to conclude in January 2014, and another date was set for the summer.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Local government shake-up: British cities seek to raise own taxes and go it alone
Some of Britain's biggest cities are attempting to escape from government control, using widespread public interest in devolution to launch their own bid for freedom, following the referendum on Scottish independence and as part of a nationwide shake-up of local government.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Britain's GP black holes: The North is running out of family doctors, figures show
Medical graduates should be offered incentives to become GPs in "under-doctored" regions of England, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has said.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Britain's atomic power plants 'could be attacked by drones'
Nuclear power stations are highly vulnerable to drone attack, according to a confidential report that British ministers are being urged to consider.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Passengers avoid connections at busy London airports in favour of continental rivals
Heathrow airport's world-class reputation may be damaged in the future because of a lack of new route developments and growing competition from abroad, according to a new study
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

The Wintershall Nativity: Born in a stable bare, just off Oxford Circus
There is one question no one wants to hear moments before the start of a nativity play: "Has anybody seen the infant Jesus?"
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Tribunal fees deter four out of five employees pursuing claims
Employment tribunal fees have been branded "a barrier to justice", the high charges discouraging four out of five workers from pursuing claims against their employers, according to Citizens Advice.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season
Ana Araujo, 27, care worker at Sunrise Care Home, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Megrahi was innocent of Lockerbie bombing, insists victim's father
The father of a Lockerbie bombing victim said last night that the man found guilty of the airline murders remained innocent in his eyes, as Scotland's top prosecutor reaffirmed that he thought Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's conviction should stand.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Minister's pension promise to firefighters challenged
Critics have accused a minister of making a key concession to a contentious pensions plan which she will not be able to honour. Communities minister Penny Mordaunt last week promised any firefighter aged 55 or over would receive "unreduced" pensions if ill-health or poor fitness, together with the unavailability of desk jobs, meant they could not find continued work in the fire service.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Parents' mental health helpline loses its grant
A vital helpline offered by the UK's leading children's mental health charity is facing closure after the Government cut its budget.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

'Dave's dinners' fund a third of Tory target seats
Nearly a third of donations to the Conservatives' key marginal and target seats have been provided by David Cameron's exclusive diners' group of top Tory benefactors, new figures reveal.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Diplomatic Protection police officers sacked for sending 'obscene images'
Two police officers from Scotland Yard's Diplomatic Protection Group have been sacked for sending obscene images from their mobile phones.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:41:17 +0000)

Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi was guilty of 1988 attack, says Scotland's top prosecutor
Scotland’s top prosecutor has insisted that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was guilty of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing despite him protesting his innocence up until his death two years ago.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:36:50 +0000)

Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has accused Alex Salmond of breaking his word to the Scottish people.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:21:02 +0000)

Ukip advert urges voters to 'say no to the UK'
Ukip appeared to have made a surprise U-turn in its political agenda when an error in a Christmas message saw it tell voters to ‘say no to the UK!’
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:42:25 +0000)

Couple reunited with beach wedding photos after Facebook tracks them down in 10 minutes
The owners of a memory card filled with wedding and holiday photos were found in just 10 minutes after Facebook users tracked them down through the powers of social networking.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:05:17 +0000)

Ukip warns members not to join Facebook or Twitter
Ukip is advising its gaffe prone members to avoid joining Twitter and Facebook in a bid to stem the flow of controversies hitting the party in recent months.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:00:43 +0000)

Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn dies aged 63 after bowel cancer diagnosis
Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn has died aged 63 after 45 years in the Tory party.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:53:46 +0000)

Banker arrested in foreign exchange rigging scandal after banks fined £2.6bn
An Essex banker was arrested yesterday during an investigation into the criminal manipulation of the £3.5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market, the Serious Fraud Office said.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:49:46 +0000)

Alison Morrison killing: Neighbour charged with murdering Harrow woman stabbed to death on way to work
A man has been charged with murdering a woman stabbed to death as she walked to work.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:50:20 +0000)

Wrongly released attempted murder suspect who posed 'risk to the public' rearrested
A teenage attempted murder suspect who was wrongly released from prison has been recaptured by police.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:46:56 +0000)

Picturesque district of Hart in Hampshire is ‘best place to live in UK’ fourth year in a row
Residents of Hart – a small sleepy district in the north east of Hampshire – have been enjoying the best quality of life in the UK for the fourth year in a row, according to statistics.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:10:50 +0000)

Neil Doyle murder: Man arrested on suspicion of Liverpool off-duty policeman's murder after handing himself in to police
Detectives investigating the death of off-duty police constable Neil Doyle have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:12:46 +0000)

UK's immigration system now in 'intensive care', Theresa May is warned
Britain’s immigration system is now in “intensive care”, MPs have warned, painting a damning picture of multiple blunders by the Home Office.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Alex Salmond angers Tories over SNP voting hints
Alex Salmond faced a Tory backlash after he hinted that Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs could abandon their usual practice of abstaining  on English-only laws in return for sustaining a minority Labour government.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:19 +0000)

Kenny Dalglish relives the day he could never forget at Hillsborough
Kenny Dalglish looked as exasperated as a manager on the touchline during ill-tempered exchanges with a police barrister at the Hillsborough disaster inquests yesterday.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:41 +0000)

Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
Christmas shoppers are expected spend £1.2bn today, as 13 million consumers hand over £21m every minute. But while those who can afford it stock up in the desperate rush for gifts on “Panic Saturday”, another 13 million people will have more sobering reasons to worry – living in poverty in a festive Britain characterised as “two nations” divided.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:14:04 +0000)

The Profumo affair: Mandy Rice-Davies' famed retort was a blow against deference
What a joyless, prurient, repressed, class-ridden, snobbish, miserable, misogynist society Britain was when Mandy Rice-Davies was a teenager, at the dawn of the “Swinging Sixties”.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:11:46 +0000)

New Era estate victory: Residents prevent takeover of Hackney estate - with a little help from Russell Brand
Russell Brand and fellow campaigners have been victorious in their battle to stop a housing estate being taken over by a multi-billion dollar American asset management firm that residents feared would either evict them or more than double their rents.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:06:48 +0000)

Ukip grassroots leave in protest at selection of ex-Tories and celebrities
Ukip members and activists are quitting the party in disgust after being passed over in the race for Westminster seats in preference for Tory defectors.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:30 +0000)

Government 'could have broken UN rules' on the treatment of lawyers in Iraq inquiry
The Government could have broken UN rules on the treatment of lawyers after publicly criticising the firms acting for Iraqi clients at an inquiry into allegations of murder and torture by the British military, a senior European legal official said today.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:41:17 +0000)

Women's Safety Charter: London venues including Ministry of Sound sign up to council initiative to stop harassment at bars and clubs
A council in London has declared war on the unwelcome comments and groping women face at bars and clubs by launching a safety charter.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:24:38 +0000)

Breakthrough in Northern Ireland as Stormont parties agree deal on welfare reform
A deal on welfare reform which would help unlock Northern Ireland’s political impasse over public spending has been agreed by the parties in Belfast. It is now up to David Cameron to respond to the proposals, part of wider talks involving issues left unresolved from the peace process.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:18:41 +0000)

Downing Street suspects Theresa May of boosting her own profile before helping her party
Theresa May has been accused of running the Home Office as a rogue department – wilfully ignoring instructions from Downing Street and allowing her advisers to engage in feuds with David Cameron’s officials.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:16:50 +0000)

GMC report calls for support service after doctors' suicides
Twenty-eight doctors committed suicide while under investigation over their fitness to practise between 2005 and 2013, according to an independent study.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:15:29 +0000)

New Environment Agency head Sir Philip Dilley won’t mind getting his feet wet
The Environment Agency’s new chairman has promised to get his wellies on quickly and visit the scene of any serious flood the UK suffers under his watch, saying he has learned from the misfortune of his predecessor.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:13:19 +0000)

Emirates Air Line: Nobody wants to cross the Thames in a £60m cable car
It would be “a stunning addition to London’s transport network”, Mayor Boris Johnson declared when he launched a £60m cable car across the Thames in 2012. Called a “much-needed new connection” across the river, the project was added to the Tube map and presented as a creative answer to travel problems rather than just a tourist attraction.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:49 +0000)

English A&Es reach breaking point after worst-ever week
England’s A&Es have recorded their worst ever week, as health unions declared the NHS was at "breaking point" and announced a new wave of strike action for the New Year.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:37:51 +0000)

Camden Market stall holders in 'state of fear' over development plans
When Camden Market first opened in 1973, it was based in a bomb-damaged packing warehouse and was only expected to last a summer. Forty years later, it’s grown from counter-culture ghetto to capitalist mecca, with young tourists flocking to buy everything from Doc Martins and designer furniture to vinyl records and bongs.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:33:49 +0000)

Bookies cut odds on Labour government after Alex Salmond hints at SNP support
Bookmakers have cut their odds on Labour forming a minority government after the general election with the Scottish National Party (SNP).
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:21:01 +0000)

St Ives voted Britain's most 'ideal' place to live
St Ives, the idyllic seaside town in Cornwall, has been voted the ‘most ideal’ place to live, according to research conducted by Rightmove.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:14 +0000)

Four out of five would like to see Green Party leader in 2015 election's TV leadership debates
Four out of five people believe the Green Party leader should be included in the 2015 election’s TV leadership debates.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:09:36 +0000)

Illegal migrants are making 100 attempts a day to enter UK
Migrants made up to 100 bids a day to illegally enter the UK during summer, officials figures from the Home Office have shown.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:08:57 +0000)

Levi Blu Cassin: Parents of toddler who died of injuries 'like car crash' cleared of murder
The parents of a toddler who died of severe injuries likened to being hit by a car have been cleared of murdering their son.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:29:15 +0000)

Mad Friday 2014: Emergency services prepare for busiest night out of the year
Bars, pubs, police and emergency services are preparing for the busiest night of the year as revellers head out drinking on so-called Mad Friday.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:15:12 +0000)

Man jailed for five years over cling film 'sex game' death
A man has been jailed for five years for killing a man by gross negligence, after he covered him in cling film during a sex game.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:08:15 +0000)

80-year-old pensioner jailed for 18 years over acid attack on teenage ex-girlfriend
An 80-year-old pensioner has been jailed for 18 years for organising a revenge acid attack which left his teenage ex-girlfriend with severe injuries.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:50:22 +0000)

Second colleague of Duncan Bannatyne arrested as part of investigation into multi-million fraud
A second arrest has been made in an investigation into an alleged multi-million pound fraud at Duncan Bannatyne's business empire.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:33:55 +0000)

Fabric nightclub: London’s iconic dance club saved from closure but must employ sniffer dogs following drug deaths
Fabric, the iconic London nightclub that has housed music lovers for 15 years, has been saved from closure, but at a considerable cost to the owners.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:11 +0000)

Women on British infantry front line would be a 'politically-correct mistake', military figures say
British military figures – including a former Desert Rats commander and a former army officer – have condemned the move to allow women to fight on the front line as a 'politically-correct mistake'.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:52:18 +0000)

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson, who attacked 'feckless' welfare families, owes £2,000 in missed child support payments
Another day, another personal Ukip revelation that casts the party’s already questionable policies in fresh hypocritical light.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:07:23 +0000)

Profumo sex scandal: Who was Mandy Rice-Davis – and what was the affair all about?
Who was Mandy Rice-Davis?
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:50:20 +0000)

Anthony Crolla: Teenage boy arrested on suspicion of fracturing boxer's skull with concrete slab
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of hitting boxer Anthony Crolla over the head with a concrete slab after allegedly attempting to burgle his neighbour.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:03:29 +0000)

White Christmas: Will it snow where you live on Christmas Day?
It’s the question that gets asked each and every year: will it be a white Christmas in the UK?
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:01:52 +0000)

Off-duty PC Neil Doyle killed after attack in Liverpool city centre
An off-duty police officer has been killed this morning in an assault in a Liverpool city centre club.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:57:58 +0000)

Sony’s PlayStation 4 supplies running low as Christmas approaches
Demand for the PlayStation 4 has meant that the company is running low on the console in Europe, according to reports.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:42:06 +0000)

London pub's offer to feed the homeless Christmas dinner goes viral
A pub in north London has been overwhelmed by support after their offer to feed the homeless a Christmas dinner went viral.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:38:48 +0000)

Isis supporters 'offering cash to British girls as young as 14 to become jihadi brides in Syria'
Girls as young as 14 are reportedly being offered cash to become jihadi brides for Isis fighters after being groomed online by extremists.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:57:47 +0000)

Women could join British infantry for the first time – as MoD admits they may have a killer instinct after all
Women could be allowed to serve in British Army infantry for the first time – but only after further tests have been carried out as to whether they can handle the physical demands of serving on the front line.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:58:05 +0000)

Dramatic video footage shows a shootout between gunman and armed police officer in north London
A gunman fired three shots into a pool hall and then turned his gun on an armed police officer who had staked out the venue in north London in a dramatic shootout caught on CCTV cameras, a court has heard.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:12:15 +0000)

David Cameron told Theresa May's advisers 'to break Civil Service code'
David Cameron is embroiled in a row with Theresa May after he appeared to have ordered two of her advisers to break their Civil Service terms of employment to campaign for the party in two by-elections.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:13:04 +0000)

Brain-dead pregnant woman being kept alive against parent’s wishes to give foetus chance of survival
A pregnant woman declared clinically-brain dead is being kept on life-support against her parent’s wishes in case her 16-week-old foetus has a chance at survival.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:32 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: It’s not easy being green if you’re Ed Davey
When Labour’s Kevin Brennan asked Ed Davey his “position” on fracking after New York State’s ban on it, the Energy Secretary said portentously he was sure the MP “would like every government to follow everything that New York State does, but we are an independent country and we make our own decisions”.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:54:05 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: The enemy within Chequers at Sam Cam's delayed 40th
There were many strange things about the party that David and Samantha Cameron threw at Chequers last week.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:42:09 +0000)

Alex Salmond hints at Scottish votes for English laws
The SNP would be prepared to set aside the party’s convention that its MPs do not vote on English-only laws in order to support a minority Labour government, the former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has indicated.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:33:06 +0000)

New cash squeeze on councils ‘targets poor’
Ministers have been accused of targeting the poor through a fresh squeeze on council spending in England and by scrapping a crisis loans scheme.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:14:32 +0000)

Mike Lynch: Tories accept donation from tycoon accused of ‘massive fraud’
The Conservative Party has accepted a £75,000 donation from a British businessman being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office and the US Justice Department, The Independent has learnt.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:05:10 +0000)

Poland threatens to veto David Cameron's EU migrants benefits cuts plan
Poland has warned that it will veto David Cameron's plan to curb benefits paid to EU migrants in Britain.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:58:10 +0000)

Child abuse victim claims he witnessed former Tory MP strangle a boy at 1970s VIP paedophile party
A man who claims to have seen an ex-Tory MP strangle a boy during years of sustained sexual abuse by a VIP paedophile ring has been described as a credible witness by Scotland Yard, as detectives revealed they are investigating three potential child murders.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:35:39 +0000)

Westminster paedophile ring: David Cameron is 'dismissive' of sex abuse allegations, MP Simon Danczuk claims
An MP heading the campaign to uncover sexual abuse allegations involving politicians has accused David Cameron of being “dismissive” of the issue.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:33:30 +0000)

TTIP: David Cameron attempts to rally support for controversial international trade deal
David Cameron and six other EU leaders have joined forces with European business leaders to try to inject new life into flagging talks on a trade deal between Europe and the United States.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:49:48 +0000)

Paul John Scott: Drug gang suspect arrested after returning to Britain from Netherlands on light aircraft
One of Britain's most wanted fugitives - a suspected member of a drug-dealing gang - has been arrested after he returned to Britain from the Netherlands in a light aircraft.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:13:43 +0000)

'Meeting's over!' Parish councillor shouts as fight breaks out at allotment committee meeting
A Parish Council meeting was brought to an abrupt halt when a fight broke out during an allotments meeting.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:28 +0000)

'Merry Christmas' DECC ban: Has Whitehall really forbidden use of the word 'Christmas' in cards?
It had the potential to fuel Christmas cracker jokes across the nation about reducing use of fairy lights and cutting down on emissions from Santa’s sleigh.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:47:13 +0000)

Birmingham is named 'one of the top 10 cities in the world'
Birmingham has been named one of the top 10 cities in the world by Rough Guide.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:16:31 +0000)

Fabric nightclub: London's long-standing dance club may face closure over drug deaths
London’s long-standing nightclub Fabric is facing possible closure over four-drug related deaths, two of which have occurred in the last three months.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:51:59 +0000)

Man banned from taking wife with mental age of between four and eight out of care facility to have sex with her
A man in a polygamous Islamic marriage has been banned from having sex with his wife after a judge ruled she was unable to give consent.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:28:22 +0000)

Domestic abuse offence of 'coercive and controlling behaviour' announced
A new domestic abuse offence of 'coercive and controlling behaviour' has been announced with a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:45:05 +0000)

Highcliffe School lockdown: Armed police arrest man and close off Bournemouth school over 'shots fired at workmen'
A school has been put on emergency lockdown by armed police in Dorset following reports that a gunman fired shots at school maintenance staff.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:20:46 +0000)

#lostrabbit: Cuddly bunny reunited with little girl after man who found it tweeted photos of toy like a tourist around Cambridge
It has taken over a month, but Flora the lost cuddly toy rabbit has been reunited with its 18-month-old owner, after pictures of the bunny acting like a tourist around Cambridge appeared on Twitter.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:17 +0000)

Child abuse inquiry: Met Police investigate alleged murders of three young boys in 1970s
Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged murders of three young boys by a VIP paedophile ring after a “credible” witness came forward to detail his abuse at the hands of Conservative politician, police said today.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:39:05 +0000)

Theresa May proposes 28-day bail limit to stop people being left in legal limbo 'for years'
Theresa May has announced plans to put a 28-day time limit on the use of police bail, following concerns that people were being left in legal limbo as proceedings dragged on for months or years.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:13:34 +0000)

Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage’s personal approval rating has plummeted to its lowest ever level, with a new poll suggesting the Ukip leader is now as unpopular as David Cameron.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:19:26 +0000)

Obesity 'could be a disability', EU court rules
Obese people could also be considered disabled, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:55:02 +0000)

Man who killed ex-partner with machete and cut baby daughter's throat jailed for 35 years
A man who beat his former partner with a machete before slitting his baby daughter's throat has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:57:28 +0000)

Video: Shocking CCTV footage shows thieves distract and then steal from elderly couple
Shocking CCTV footage has emerged that shows the moment a thief took advantage of an elderly couple’s kindness by stealing cash from behind their backs as they helped his accomplice with directions.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:46:48 +0000)

Jimmy Savile: Police admit 'organisational failure'
Police have admitted to an 'organisational failure' which led to them missing opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor for child sex abuse.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:49:36 +0000)

Former Cabinet ministers speak at meeting of fringe group with 'vile' views about women, gay marriage and immigration
Two former Cabinet ministers have reportedly spoken at meetings of a right-wing Conservative fringe club, whose newsletter makes “vile” comments about immigration, women and gay marriage.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:02:19 +0000)

Middle classes use charity services far more than Britain's poor
Britain’s prosperous middle classes make more regular use of charity services than the country’s poorest, new research indicates.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Judge uses Shakespeare's 'King Lear' to decide divorce settlement figure
A High Court judge who was attempting to decide the settlement figure in a divorce case admitted he turned to the works of William Shakespeare for help.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:06:31 +0000)

Police officers charged over death of mentally ill man in cell
A police sergeant and two custody officers have been charged with killing a mentally ill man who collapsed inside a police station.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:05:36 +0000)

The great British library betrayal: Closures bring national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry
Library services are on the brink of disaster and can only be saved if they become more like coffee shops with wi-fi, sofas and hot drinks, a report will recommend on Thursday.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:43:13 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Parting shots leave no room for seasonal goodwill
Is Douglas Carswell having a full-on identity crisis? In an all too rare Commons appearance – two months after being carried shoulder-high from his Clacton by-election triumph as Ukips’s first MP – he asked David Cameron today about the rapidly rising “cost added to energy bills and taxes by green targets”, concluding: “Does My Honourable Friend think that is fair?”
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:43:50 +0000)

Tory chairman Grant Shapps accused of trying to silence left-wing blog with 'spurious' legal threats
The Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has been accused of attempting to silence a critical left-wing blog in the run-up to the election by sending out spurious legal threats from lawyers.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:36:49 +0000)

Al Sweady inquiry Q&A: What happened on 14 May 2004?
Q: What happened on 14 May 2004?
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:06:37 +0000)

Osborne accused of 'extreme and ideological' cuts in plan to run £23bn budget surplus
Labour warned that a Conservative Government would make “extreme and ideological” spending cuts after George Osborne admitted he wanted to run a £23bn budget surplus by 2020. 
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:21 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: Leaked – the site of Ed Balls' tête-à-tête with Nick Clegg
Ed Balls ruffled a few feathers in the Labour Party 11 months ago, when he disclosed that he had had a talk with Nick Clegg, seemingly about the possibility of Labour going into coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:44:50 +0000)

Home Office’s £30m immigration contract has led to ‘catalogue of chaos’
The Home Office entered into a botched £30m contract with an outsourcing firm that led to fewer than 1,000 illegal immigrants leaving Britain, an inquiry has concluded.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:11 +0000)