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MPs question merit of turning primary schools into academies
MPs are today demanding an urgent government review over whether converting primary schools into academies has had any effect on improving pupils’ education.
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:13:09 +0000)

Poorer households hit hardest by austerity over the last five years, according to new report
Poorer households have been borne the brunt of austerity measures over the last five years, with families with young children harder hit than any other group, according to a major academic report published today.
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:09:04 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: David Cameron, the champion of the Monster Raving Loonies
We all knew that David Cameron was just playing games when he insisted that if Ukip was to be included in any televised debate, the Green Party must be invited too. The Greens were the chaff he was throwing up to disguise his real intention, which is to make sure the debates never happen, because he has nothing to gain from them.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:45:12 +0000)

Sketch: 'Goliath' Ben Emmerson fights back against 'David' Vaz in battle over child sex abuse inquiry
At one point in today’s hearing on the chronic travails of the child sex abuse inquiry its counsel, Ben Emmerson, suggested a little cheekily that Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz’s clerks could show him where the QC’s duties as a “facilitator” of the panel’s meetings in the all-too-painful absence of a chairman were detailed on the inquiry’s website.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:40:11 +0000)

UK general election: Miliband and Cameron neck and neck in fight for voters' trust on NHS
The NHS will matter more to people than the economy when they decide how to vote in the general election 100 days from today, according to a poll for The Independent.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:12:12 +0000)

British support for EU membership grows, despite Ukip popularity
Public support for British membership of the EU has increased in the past year despite the growing popularity of Ukip, according to a report to be published tomorrow.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000)

How to survive election fever: From 100-day diets to watching a solar eclipse
Here’s a thought that’ll make you want to curl up into a corner: there are 100 days until the general election.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:59:08 +0000)

Thatcher statue made famous after being beheaded now tucked away in the ‘perfect setting’
Some things, you might assume, are easy to find. A once-decapitated 8ft-tall two-ton marble statue of Lady Thatcher, for example. 
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:46:07 +0000)

Backbench rebellion threat sees fracking regulations toughened
The Government was tonight forced to toughen fracking regulations in the face of a backbench rebellion that would have halted the fledgling UK industry in its tracks.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:40:35 +0000)

Birkbeck College academic investigated after allegations of 'research misconduct'
A leading scientist and academic and his research team are being investigated after his university received anonymous allegations of “research misconduct”, The Independent can reveal.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:11:26 +0000)

Ukip defection: Allegations that members tried to swing the outcome of a candidate selection contributed to Amjad Bashir's departure
Allegations that a “fifth column” of new members attempted to swing the outcome of a candidate selection meeting contributed to the sudden defection of one of Ukip’s prominent MEPs, The Independent can reveal.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:57:52 +0000)

Pressure mounts on Chris Grayling to abandon Saudi Arabia prison contract
Chris Grayling is under pressure to abandon a Government bid to advise Saudi Arabia on running its jail system amid mounting protests about human rights abuse of prisoners in the kingdom.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:07:04 +0000)

UK weather: Warmer weather to make way for icy cold snap later this week
The current spell of relatively warm weather across the UK will abruptly end later this week, when icy weather and snow will sweep across the country.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:15:57 +0000)

Top Ukip official Matthew Richardson forced to apologise after 'unforgivable' anti-trans rant and 'she-males' slur
A top Ukip official has apologised after recordings emerged of him referring to transgender women as "she-males", claiming he is "horrified" by the remarks.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:39:35 +0000)

Labour: We will cut luxury lodgings exclusively used by High Court judges
They include penthouse flats and Georgian townhouses -sometimes with full-time staff including cooks and housekeepers and cleaners.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:21:25 +0000)

David Cameron downplays hoax call: 'These things happen'
David Cameron has brushed aside security concerns at Downing Street after a hoax caller, posing as the director of GCHQ, was put through to the prime minister.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:18:44 +0000)

Libby Lane formally appointed first woman bishop by Church Of England as protester shouts: 'No. Not in my name'
The first woman bishop has been ordained by the Church Of England during a ceremony at York Minster that was interrupted by a protesting vicar.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:27 +0000)

Police officers could be charged for 'calling alleged domestic violence victim 'f*****g slag' and 'b***h''
Two police officers could face criminal charges after they were accused of calling an alleged victim of suspected domestic violence a “f*****g slag” and a “b***h” in a voicemail message.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:06:38 +0000)

Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
An asteroid as big as five football fields is set to narrowly pass by Earth tonight — and should be visible as it scraped by.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:47:15 +0000)

Leo Barnes death: Double murder suspect found dead in prison cell
A man who was on trial for the murder of two pensioners has been found dead in his prison cell.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:47:56 +0000)

Daily Mirror runs a page 3 filled with 'lovely tits' (of the feathered variety)
As rival tabloid The Sun remains embroiled in debate over its Page 3 models, the Daily Mirror has taken a tongue-in-cheek pop at it, putting 18 birds on its own third page on Friday including 12 tits.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:24:04 +0000)

Legoland bans disabled men with mental age of children from park because of protection policy
Two disabled men have been banned from Legoland over child protection fears, despite having the mental age of young children.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:52:54 +0000)

Green party leader Natalie Bennett says it should not be a crime to belong to al-Qaeda or Isis
It should not be a crime to belong to an organisation such as Islamic State or al-Qaeda, the leader of the Green party Natalie Bennett has said, because people should not be punished for what they think.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:37 +0000)

Government faces fracking setback as MPs call for total ban
The Government is today facing a backbench rebellion over legislation to make it easier for energy companies to frack for shale gas, as an influential committee of MPs demands a total fracking ban.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Britons should be able to vote online by 2020, says Speaker John Bercow
The walk to the voting booth could become a thing of the past under proposals for everyone in the UK to be allowed to cast their ballot online within five years.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

'Clare's Law' saves 1,300 women from violent partners in first year
A groundbreaking scheme that allows women to discover if their partner has a history of violence has been hailed a success after figures showed that more than 1,300 such warnings have been issued in less than a year.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Daughter of stabbed teacher’s ballet gala
The dancer daughter of a teacher stabbed to death in a Leeds classroom last year is to perform in a gala hosted by Darcey Bussell to raise money for a charity set up in her mother’s name.
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Young mother starts Facebook search to find man who passed her note praising her parenting skills
A young mother is trying to get in touch with a stranger who passed her a note praising her parenting skills and £5 so she could “have a drink on me”.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:41:08 +0000)

Greece elections: David Cameron warns of greater economic uncertainty across Europe - but Russell Brand says he'd vote for Syriza
David Cameron has warned that the victory of a radical anti-austerity party in the Greek elections will “increase economic uncertainty across Europe”, as British left-wingers celebrated.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:16:50 +0000)

Army general says he is planning to come out: 'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'
A married Army general has said he is planning to come out as gay to highlight what he claims is continuing widespread homophobic discrimination in the armed forces.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:29:18 +0000)

Labour would expand 'crown jewels' to include World Cup and Euro football qualifiers
England and Scotland qualifying matches for future World Cup and European Championship football tournaments could be broadcast on free-to-view channels, under Labour proposals to shake up UK broadcasting rights.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:37:43 +0000)

Hoax call put through to David Cameron from person claiming to be head of GCHQ
A man claiming to be a hoax caller who was put through to David Cameron's phone after posing as the director of GCHQ has said he was high on drink and drugs at the time.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:35:18 +0000)

David Cameron is close to joining TV election debates, according to Grant Shapps
David Cameron is inching towards taking part in proposed live television debates in the run-up to the general election, the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, has indicated.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:10:19 +0000)

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The safety of a modest flat in the West Midlands and the care of a British midwife for the birth of her fifth child is a debt Nour knows she can never repay.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:26:21 +0000)

Leon Brittan sex abuse allegations: Two come forward to claim they were abused by former Home Secretary
Leon Brittan was today accused of “multiple child rape” as detailed accusations of sex abuse were levelled against the late former Home Secretary for the first time.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:55:59 +0000)

The media cannot ignore tricky questions when someone dies - but it must stick to the facts
Reporting on the death of a person whose reputation has been questioned during their lifetime can be tricky. After all, the end of almost any life will leave some in mourning, so journalists must show sensitivity. Death should not be made light of, nor usually is it appropriate to include gory details.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:16:14 +0000)

Police arrest eight after two men stabbed in attack at private party in east London venue
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of two men at a party in east London during the early hours of this morning.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:05:52 +0000)

UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Huge swathes of the UK are expected to be covered in blankets of snow next week as Arctic air is set to creep down south after a short period of milder weather over the coming few days.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:40:11 +0000)

Burns Night 2015: What is it and how is it celebrated in Scotland and around the world?
Scottish people around the globe will be celebrating the birthday of national writer Robert Burns with drams of whisky, traditional suppers and recitals of his poetry.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:40:23 +0000)

Two men arrested after police seize rocket launcher and AK47-style assault rifle in Bromley
Two men have been arrested by police who seized a rocket launcher and powerful automatic weapons after a mass brawl.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:20:35 +0000)

Lost Dog Sylvia found drowned: Search ends for Shiba Inu whose owner chartered a helicopter and received support from around the world
A lost dog who became the subject of an unprecedented online campaign has been found drowned.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:46:22 +0000)

Ukip's Nigel Farage hits back at defecting MEP Amjad Bashir and tells Tories 'caveat emptor': buyer beware
Nigel Farage has hit back at defecting MEP Amjad Bashir over claims that Ukip had become no more than a “vanity project” for its leader.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:05:22 +0000)

Ukip senior official Matthew Richardson says 'bigots deserve representation' and calls NHS the 'biggest waste of money in the UK'
Ukip is facing fresh embarrassment over comments made by one of its members, who has said that bigots "deserve representation" and condemned the National Health Service as the “biggest waste of money in the UK”.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:03:30 +0000)

Baroness Warsi says Government is not doing enough to reduce 'trust deficit' with Muslims
The Government views Muslims and the Islamic organisations in Britain with suspicion and has failed to connect with them, a former Conservative party chairman has said.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:32:52 +0000)

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign
Tony Blair had a cough. He looked sick, pale and exhausted. “Don’t tell me it is going to be bad,” he said to the six men he had summoned to see him in Downing Street as war loomed. “Tell me how bad it will be.”
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Broadmoor financial scandal: The £4m of NHS funds wasted at high-security hospital
A financial scandal has erupted at the UK’s largest mental health trust, causing several clinical projects to be scrapped by the organisation responsible for looking after more than 20,000 patients a year – including some of the most violent criminals based at Broadmoor high-security hospital.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Labour party leadership: Blairite Liz Kendall emerges as a fresh rival to Ed Miliband
Liz Kendall has emerged as the favourite candidate among Blairite MPs to succeed Ed Miliband if he loses the general election.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Election 2015: There are 100 days to go to a six-party poll that will focus heavily on the leaders
Tuesday marks 100 days until the general election. This long campaign will focus  heavily on the leaders, from the personality cult of Nigel Farage to the increasing importance of, and arguments over, the televised debates. But behind all great – and not-so-great – leaders are powerful backroom staff, MPs and peers who are desperately trying to steer their parties to victory.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Fracking: Lancashire County Council poised to approve two controversial shale gas sites, despite objections
Lancashire County Council is coming under intense pressure from pro-fracking lobbyists to approve two controversial shale gas sites in the county, a week after its own planning officers recommended refusal. The industry suffered a major setback when the council’s officers recommended two proposals by fracking giant Cuadrilla be refused, because of concerns about night-time noise and traffic. The issue will be debated this week at the council’s development control committee.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Pioneering homelessness hostel uses on-site psychologists to treat addicts - and enjoys a successful first year
A pioneering homelessness project that funds full-time psychologists based within hostels has led to a dramatic reduction in the criminal activity of its residents, along with huge improvements in their health and well-being.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Labour's drive towards diesel cars causing 'massive public health problem,' admits shadow Environment Minister
The drive by the previous Labour government to encourage millions of Britons to opt for diesel cars in a bid to save the planet was “wrong” and a “massive problem for public health” Barry Gardiner, shadow Environment Minister, has admitted.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
The freshwater pearl mussels of the Lake District have a perilous start to life. Every summer each of the half a million adult mussels on the river Ehen in the wilds of Ennerdale in Cumbria release up to four million larvae. Most of these simply wash out to sea and oblivion, but a few will latch on to the gills of the passing Atlantic salmon or Arctic char who visit the river to spawn.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

County councils refuse government request to freeze local tax rates in run up to election
Three-quarters of county councils are set to raise council tax in the run-up to the general election, defying government pleas to freeze the charge.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Record number now making child maintenance payments, new figures show
The number of absent parents paying child maintenance has reached  a record high, according to new government figures.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Election 2015: Housing may hold key as waiting lists rise in critical marginals
More than a million people languishing on the housing register in the top 100 marginal constituencies in England may hold the balance of future power in Westminster.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain's small fishing vessels
There may be plenty more fish in the sea according to some, but local fishermen are banned from catching them.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

King Abdullah dead: Prince Charles and David Cameron pay last respects to Saudi ruler
David Cameron and the Prince of Wales flew to Saudi Arabia yesterday alongside world leaders eager to pay their respects after the death of King Abdullah, despite uproar over the UK’s tacit declaration of a state of “national mourning” for a man regarded by many as a tyrant.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Tailor benefits to match local needs and costs, says Citizens Advice charity
Britain’s welfare system should be radically reformed to allow different rates of benefits across the country, the charity Citizens Advice will say this week.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Jobless are being punished with hunger for claiming unemployment benefit, say churches
Two churches have launched a blistering attack on the Government for using hunger as a punishment for people claiming unemployment benefit, warning that using benefit sanctions to reprimand claimants who miss meetings or fail to look for jobs amounts to a policy of “deliberate destitution”.
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000)

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir suspended over 'extremely serious' issues – but he says he has defected to Tories
The senior Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir says he has defected to the Conservatives shortly after Nigel Farage's party announced that it had suspended him for '"extremely serious" issues relating to finance and employment.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:28:53 +0000)

Nigel Farage attends hustings in South Thanet – boycotted by Greens and Labour for men-only audience
Nigel Farage has happily taken part in a men-only hustings in Kent that was boycotted by two of his election rivals because women were not invited to attend.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:56:01 +0000)

British Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey declared free of the virus and discharged from hospital
The Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola on an aid mission to Sierra Leone has been discharged from hospital after being declared free of the virus.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:00:18 +0000)

Scottish village could reap £200 million reward after gold mining plans go ahead
A Scottish village could experience an unexpected gold rush after an estimated £200 million worth of the metal was discovered in the nearby hills.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:58:21 +0000)

Twenty-nine people taken to hospital after car crash on M4 motorway near Cardiff
Twenty-nine people have been taken to hospital after two car crashes on the M4 motorway near Cardiff.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:54:52 +0000)

'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Queen Elizabeth II would be evicted from Buckingham Palace and moved into a council house in plans to abolish the monarchy and build more social housing, as suggested by the Greens leader.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:07:23 +0000)

Grandmother stabbed more than 70 times by squatter after returning from holiday in Turkey
A woman was stabbed 73 times by a squatter she found in her home after returning from a holiday in Turkey, a court in Nottingham heard.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:18:14 +0000)

Alexander Litvinenko inquiry: NSA intercepts provide 'proof' Russia ordered London murder
As the start of the public inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London approaches, an investigation has claimed to reveal “proof” Russia was behind the dissident’s murder.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:01:56 +0000)

Archbishop of York will not 'lay hands' on new male bishop during consecration after touching first female bishop
The Archbishop of York has rejected allegations he is promoting the theory that female bishops are “tainted” after it emerged he will not lay on of hands on a male priest in a subsequent consecration.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:04:33 +0000)

Teenager killed in machete attack outside Gloucestershire pub
A man armed with a machete has killed a teenager after an altercation outside a Gloucestershire pub last night.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:13:49 +0000)

Former Royal Navy sailor jailed for 14 years for string of 'depraved' sexual attacks on children
A former Royal Navy soldier has been jailed for 14 years after admitting a string of horrific sexual offences against young children, culminating in the rape of a six-month-old baby.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:35:40 +0000)

Third of senior Army officers face axe as top general vows to oust 'penpushers and yes men'
Up to a third of senior officers will be cut as part of cutbacks of the Army and reform of how the highest ranks are organised.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:37:52 +0000)

Cleared in court - but police poster boy's still under a cloud
In a glittering 20-year career in the police, John Buttress was a poster boy for his force, helping to protect Britain from terrorists and winning praise for “extreme courage” after chasing down a gunman on the loose in Stockport despite being unarmed himself.
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:22:54 +0000)

Letter between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi revealed as part of documents seized following Libyan revolution
Tony Blair wrote to then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the co-operation between the two nations’ counter-terrorism services, at a time when they were allegedly collaborating in efforts to send dissidents back to the North African country.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:23:29 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: The reckoning – the Iraq War by numbers
After six years and nearly £9m, the report of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war remains unpublished. Here is a summary of the war in numbers.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:47:21 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: The men that led Britain to war in Iraq
1. Tony Blair
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:47:16 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: The timeline of events from 9/11 to the latest delay in publishing the Chilcot report
11 September 2001
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:47:11 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: Recriminations and inquiries – the aftermath of the Iraq War
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:47:05 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: From missing WMDs to 'shock and awe' – the invasion and occupation of Iraq
Shock and awe
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:46:59 +0000)

The Chilcot inquiry: September 11 and the road to the Iraq War
After six years and nearly £9m, the report of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war remains unpublished – and, we were told this week, will not be published this side of the general election.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:46:44 +0000)

Dame Vivienne Westwood 'donating £300,000' to Green Party
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is reportedly planning to donate around £300,000 to the Greens, in a further boost to the party which has seen its ranks swell in recent months.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:15:04 +0000)

Alexander Litvinenko: Widow says ‘a kind of justice’ will be achieved at inquiry
The wife of Alexander Litvinenko yesterday said she would achieve a “kind of justice” during the public inquiry into the fatal poisoning of her husband, which begins in London next week.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:09:21 +0000)

Alexander Litvinenko: Unanswered questions over the murder of Russian spy
After eight years of secrecy, intrigue and international political deadlock, a public inquiry into the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko will start next week that his widow believes will expose the extent of the Russian state’s culpability in his murder. Here are the key issues at stake:
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:06:13 +0000)

Saudi King Abdullah: Britain mourns a tyrant
The Government face demands to reassess Britain’s relationship with the Saudi Arabian regime amid fury over the reverential tributes paid to King Abdullah following his death.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:05:16 +0000)

Mansion tax bracket covers only 87 homes in all of Wales
Labour’s mansion tax would raise at most £500,000 a year across Wales – because the country has so few multimillion-pound homes.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:56:44 +0000)

Alexander Litvinenko poisoning: Footage emerges of ex-KGB spy accusing Putin of having links to businessman wanted by FBI
Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who was poisoned in a plush London hotel, revealed in audio footage that he was investigating links between the Russian President and one of the world’s most dangerous men, it has been revealed.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:56:44 +0000)

Department for Education launched snap investigations of four Christian schools over fears of a failure to teach 'British values'
The Department for Education was so nervous that Christian schools in North-east were failing to teach “British values” that it launched snap investigations of four schools after complaints from a whistleblowing headteacher.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:51:27 +0000)

‘Incompetent’ Grayling condemned by ex-Tory MP as ‘off his trolley’
Chris Grayling is a disgraceful incompetent who should be sacked as Justice Secretary because he is undermining the legal system, a former Tory MP has claimed.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:33:47 +0000)

Soho at risk of turning into an 'upmarket housing estate', art industry figures warn
Actor and writer Stephen Fry, film director Lord Puttnam, digital entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and other leading figures in the arts world have written to the Government to warn that Soho – “the most creative square mile in the world” – is at risk from developers putting up luxury flats at a “terrifying rate”.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:31:00 +0000)

Ukip's official health spokesperson: 'Honestly, I have no experience in health whatsoever'
It’s an unusually candid way to begin a political interview.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:50:52 +0000)

Ed Miliband: Premier League football clubs that pay their players millions can afford to pay employees the living wage
Premier League football clubs should pay all their employees the living wage, Ed Miliband said yesterday as he contrasted their earnings with players on £100,000 a week.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:32:09 +0000)

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: The King who initiated mild reforms at home while tightening Saudi Arabia’s grip on the Middle East
Prince Abdullah came into his own at a time most men are well into retirement.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:29:44 +0000)

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dead: MPs criticise decision to fly flags at half-mast at Government buildings for Saudi monarch
The decision to mark the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah by flying flags at half-mast in Whitehall has been criticised by MPs unsettled by the monarch’s shocking human rights record.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:10:40 +0000)

Is virtual reality the future of news? Documentaries go 360-degrees as three are launched in one day
Three companies today launched virtual reality-enabled news documentaries, hoping that the 360-degree films can lure back people turned off by conventional news.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:18 +0000)

Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
A British man who stood at Waterloo station with a sign asking for a job has returned a year later with a sign offering to hire people.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:39:03 +0000)

Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear
Terrorists could use swarms of drones to bring down passenger aircraft, disperse chemical or biological weapons and target a nuclear power plants in Britain because of our lax aviation rules.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:36:45 +0000)

London policing chief demands extra £20m for anti-terror policing in wake of Paris attacks
Boris Johnson’s policing chief is demanding an extra £20 million of government funding to protect London in the wake of the Paris attacks.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:28:00 +0000)

Mystery of the man holding a dead squirrel on live television revealed
ITV reporter Romilly Weeks’s live broadcast on the Chilcot inquiry was disrupted this week when a mystery man walked behind her parading a dead squirrel.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:15:48 +0000)

Just three in ten Brits are happy with their lives
Just three in ten Britons are happy with their lives, while only seven per cent reported feeling happy with their physical appearance, a new survey reveals.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:56:21 +0000)

Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
Louise Mensch tweeted her fury at Saudi human rights abuses, and at the politicians and heads of state who issued condolences at the death of King Abdullah.
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:48:23 +0000)