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BBC Radio 5 Live switches to pre-recorded content as live broadcast is temporarily interrupted
The live broadcast of BBC Radio 5 Live was temporarily interrupted this morning as the station switched to pre-recorded material.
(Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:00:50 +0100)

Wonga forced to write off £220 million of debt
Troubled payday lender Wonga has been forced to write off an estimated £220m-worth of debt after the City Watchdog accused it of irresponsible lending.
(Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:13:57 +0100)

Children as young as 11 caught drink-driving
Children as young as 11 have been caught drink driving in the UK, with an average of 1,000 under-18s being convicted of the offence in the last six years.
(Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:08:51 +0100)

McCann family subjected to internet trolling over Madeleine’s disappearance
The Metropolitan police are assessing a dossier of online abuse that the family of Madeleine McCann have been subjected to over the past few years.
(Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:25:30 +0100)

Nick Griffin expelled from BNP for 'disunity'
The British National Party has expelled former leader Nick Griffin for allegedly “trying to cause disunity” in a bid to destabilise the organisation.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:30:03 +0100)

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
To outsiders, the Welsh village of Llansanffraid may not appear to be short of letters in its lengthy name. But after an even longer debate, one lasting centuries, the locals have won their battle to reinstate the letter ‘t’ that was removed six years ago.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:41:51 +0100)

Lord Hill takes ‘Hugh Grant approach’ to EU hearing
It was billed as Hill on the Grill, but at first glance the European Parliament hearing for Britain’s European Commissioner appeared to be a more of a friendly fireside chat, with plenty of banter on literary giants and only the occasional hostile salvo about his ties to the City of London.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:22:56 +0100)

Conservative Party conference: Cameron insists Ukip vote is 'really a vote for Labour'
The Prime Minister delivered a blunt warning to disillusioned Conservatives that a flirtation with Ukip at the next general election could lead to a Labour government.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:07:29 +0100)

Alice Gross: Police confirm body found in River Brent 'is missing teenager'
Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Brent last night is that of missing teenager Alice Gross.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:04:40 +0100)

'Offensive' Banksy immigration mural in Clacton is scrubbed from wall by council
A Banksy piece tackling immigration has been scrubbed from a wall in Essex after the council, without knowing who had drawn it, responded to a complaint that it was “offensive”.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:02:05 +0100)

The immigration game: Theatre asks audience to escape to Wales
Rarely does a night out at the theatre require waterproofs, snacks and a train ticket. Yet the new “immersive” drama by the National Theatre Wales will take audience members on a journey from Bristol to Newport with online viewers voting on the outcome of the story.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:00:13 +0100)

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’
If it hadn’t been for an “eagle-eyed” clerk at Burnley county court, the scam would have gone unnoticed. Sorting through documents, she spotted that two separate Italian couples who were seeking to divorce had listed the same residential address.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:54:37 +0100)

Tory Conference Diary: William Hague the greatest living Yorkshireman? Nay, lad, nay
An early standing ovation came in David Cameron’s speech after he adopted a faux Rotherham accent and praised William Hague as “our greatest living Yorkshireman”. The former Foreign Secretary indeed has a distinguished record, apart from leading his party to one of its worst defeats in recent history.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:46:30 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Tory Conference Sketch: David Cameron found both his inner rap artist and passion
Never mind whether David Cameron has discovered his inner passion; he’s certainly discovered his inner rap artist. Step forward Davey C, boss party rhymer. “History... is written... in the decisions we make today/and that starts next May/I say, let’s not go back to square one/let’s finish what we have begun/let’s build a Britain we’re proud to call home, for you, for your family, for everyone.”
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:36:13 +0100)

Conservative Party conference: Cameron offers voters a 'tax giveaway' reward for austerity
David Cameron dangled £7.2bn of tax cuts in front of voters who have drifted away from the Conservative Party as he offered them a reward for the years of austerity.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:19:04 +0100)

Josie Leigh Herniman, 15, found dead in woods in Weston super Mare after 'bullying'
Police are investigating the death of a teenage schoolgirl from Weston super Mare, amid claims that she was bullied.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:18:12 +0100)

Hong Kong protests: China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if pro-democracy campaign demonstrations continue
China’s Communist Party has warned of “unimaginable consequences” if demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong continue.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:49:46 +0100)

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron accidentally says Tories 'resent' the poor
Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to deliver a rousing speech at the Conservative Party conference backfired when he accidentally said the party ‘resents’ the poor.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:32:20 +0100)

Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
The former Tory donor and multi-millionaire Arron Banks has announced he is upping his Ukip donation to £1 million to spite the Conservatives, after William Hague made a joke at his expense.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:30:56 +0100)

Moazzam Begg: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee cleared of terror charges
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has walked free from prison today after seven terror charges against him were dropped by prosecutors.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:11:12 +0100)

Scottish independence: Referendum counters were stood down ‘for high-fiving Yes votes and booing Nos’
Members of council staff counting ballot cards for the Scottish referendum were relieved of their duties because they booed “No” votes and celebrated those for “Yes”, it has been claimed.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:15:16 +0100)

David Cameron pays tribute to William Hague with terrible Yorkshire impersonation
David Cameron might be many things, but an impressionist he is not.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:08:35 +0100)

Former MI6 head warns parents of sexual predators using apps 'to track children's location'
The former head of MI6 has warned parents to be alert to the dangers of sexual predators tracking their children's location through the internet or mobile devices.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:56:12 +0100)

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron describes William Hague as 'our greatest living Yorkshireman'
David Cameron has described William Hague as "our greatest living Yorkshireman" as he paid tribute to the outgoing former Conservative leader.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:45:34 +0100)

David Cameron thinks William Hague is the 'greatest living Yorkshireman'. Here are five people that appear to have slipped his mind
The nation cringed in unison as David Cameron paid tribute to William Hague in an utterly terrifying fashion during his speech at the Conservative Party Conference earlier.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:29 +0100)

Neil 'Dr' Fox addresses sexual offence allegations: 'I'll work hard to clear my name'
DJ Dr Neil Fox has pledged that he will "work hard" to clear his name, after being arrested in connection with four claims of alleged sexual offences.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:29:33 +0100)

David Cameron to 'scrap' Human Rights Act for new 'British Bill of Rights'
A future Tory Government would scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new Bill of Rights to give Britain more control over the laws that it implements, David Cameron said today.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:20:39 +0100)

Missing Yusra Hussien: Family urge schoolgirl thought to be heading to Syria to return home
The family of a missing 15-year-old girl who is believed to be heading to Syria after becoming radicalised have made an appeal for her to return home.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:07:35 +0100)

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron promises tax cuts and new 'British bill of rights'
David Cameron put the promise of tax cuts at the heart of the Conservatives' bid to win the next General Election today as he pledged to “build a Britain that everyone is proud to call home”.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:42:50 +0100)

Minimum wage changes: Rate sees the biggest increase in six years but is it enough?
The minimum wage is rising today in the biggest increase since the 2008 financial crisis for Britain’s lowest-paid workers.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:29:16 +0100)

Missing Bristol girl, 15, believed to be heading to Syria 'may have been radicalised online'
A missing British teenager believed to be travelling to Syria to join extremists could have become radicalised through internet chat rooms and forums, it has been claimed.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:58:52 +0100)

Car tax disc changes: DVLA website crashes as drivers rush to renew tax in new online system
The DVLA’s website for taxing vehicles under the new system crashed this morning as drivers rushed to register their vehicles.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:47:13 +0100)

Central line delayed: London Tube commuters stuck underground for as long as two hours
Tube travellers have endured miserable morning journeys to work due to problems on a number of Underground lines.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:10:10 +0100)

Iraq air strikes: RAF Tornados fire four missiles at Isis vehicles in overnight attack
Two RAF Tornados have conducted more air strikes overnight against Isis targets in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:22:54 +0100)

Car tax disc changes: DVLA dismisses concerns over incorrect fines from ANPR errors
As “unnecessary” car tax discs are abolished, there are concerns that innocent motorists could fall foul of traffic camera errors.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:40:57 +0100)

Tax discs: AA warns Government could receive 'double money' in new system
The AA has voiced concerns the Government could receive extra revenue in the new vehicle tax system as the decades-old paper car tax disc becomes obsolete today.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:06:30 +0100)

Cameron to pledge above-inflation NHS funding for another five years
The NHS budget in England would continue to rise for another five years if the Conservatives remain in power after next May’s general election, David Cameron will announce today.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:48:56 +0100)

Arron Banks: Millionaire Tory donor defects to Ukip with £100,000 donation
A multi-millionaire Tory donor has defected to Ukip, announcing he will be giving Nigel Farage’s party a £100,000 boost on the day of David Cameron’s conference speech.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:40:44 +0100)

CVs: Employers don’t know their BAs from their BTECs
Four out of 10 employers admit they have thrown away CVs because they do not understand the candidates’ qualifications, new research reveals.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:37:00 +0100)

'Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing, says study
Hundreds of alcohol-related deaths could already have been prevented if the Government had introduced minimum unit pricing last year, according to a study published on Wednesday.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:30:00 +0100)

Alice Gross: Murder investigation launched as police find body in River Brent
The search for the missing teenager Alice Gross is now a murder inquiry, police confirmed this morning, after a body was found in the River Brent overnight.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:07:20 +0100)

Alice Gross case: Police searching for missing teenager find body in River Brent
Police searching for the missing teenager Alice Gross have found a body in the River Brent, one of London's longest rivers.
(Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:19:33 +0100)

Teacher worked for two years after failure to act on abuse tip-off
A deputy headteacher suspected of secretly recording pupils undressing, continued working for more than two years after police twice failed to act on intelligence that he had bought suspected indecent images online, it has emerged. Martin Goldberg, 46, was found dead the day after he was spoken to by Essex police more than two years after Canadian police told their British counterparts that he had bought images that may have included naked teenage boys.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:47:30 +0100)

David Cameron 'makes new royal gaffe' over Queen's ownership of Van Dyck painting
The Prime Minister is embroiled in a fresh gaffe involving the Queen, after he told guests at his country retreat that the monarch thought she owned a painting that was actually at the estate.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:43:17 +0100)

David Cameron wins huge lead in public trust over decisions about Isis
David Cameron is trusted by many more people than Ed Miliband to take the right decisions on how to combat Isis, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 +0100)

Tory Party Conference: Ukip’s shadow lengthens as high-profile Tories Richard Barnes and William Cash Jnr are latest to jump ship
The shadow cast by Ukip over the Conservative conference lengthened today after first Boris Johnson’s former right-hand man and then the son of a Eurosceptic Tory MP became the latest prominent recruits to Nigel Farage’s party.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:05:28 +0100)

Tory Party Conference: 'Snoopers’ charter' - critics round on Theresa May’s ‘draconian’ proposals
Plans by Theresa May to give police and the security services a battery of new anti-terrorism powers including “gagging orders” and a “snoopers’ charter” ran into heavy criticism on Tuesday night from senior Conservatives and civil liberties groups.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:55:37 +0100)

Lord Lawson and his climate change sceptics broke charity bias rules
An educational charity set up by former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson has breached rules on impartiality in its climate change coverage.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:51:15 +0100)

Andy McSmith's Tory Party Conference Diary: Poor old Patrick O’Flynn’s been done up like a kipper
Generations of political students will be grateful to Ukip for publishing the full texts of all speeches from its recent conference on its website. Every golden word uttered by Nigel Farage, Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and the “lesser kipper” frontbenchers is there.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:34 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Tory Party Conference Sketch: Boris Johnson's jokes still pack a punch, but Theresa May landed the big hits
Boris Johnson had to overcome a hurdle greater than the mere defection to Ukip of his former deputy today: the earlier magisterial, grimly serious and rather scary speech by the 'Woman in Black', his sworn leadership rival, Theresa May. As she explained: “I am going to talk to you about the deadly terrorist threat we face.” Which she did. At length. How could Boris compete with her concentrated gravitas?   
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:22:59 +0100)

Iraq crisis: British jets drop bombs on Isis, helping Kurdish fighters battling the militants
Britain carried out its first military action in the war against Isis today, dropping bombs that are believed to have killed a number of their fighters.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:22:19 +0100)

Irvine Welsh on George Osborne 'ripping off' Trainspotting: 'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Turns out, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is less than impressed that George Osborne "ripped off" a passage from his novel in his speech announcing more brutal austerity measures on Monday.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:11:13 +0100)

Deer killed instantly after being hit by Lightwater Valley rollercoaster when it strayed too close to the tracks
Rollercoaster passengers were left horrified when a young deer was killed instantly after straying too close to the tracks.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:01 +0100)

Nigel Farage beats Prime Minister David Cameron to top 2014 Right-Wing Power List
Nigel Farage has beaten the Prime Minister to the top of the Times 2014 right-wing power list.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:13 +0100)

Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
On Wednesday, more than 90 years of motoring history will come to an end as car owners are no longer required to display vehicle tax discs.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:59:20 +0100)

'Snoopers' charter': Theresa May vows to implement measures to clamp down on extremist groups
The so-called “snoopers charter” would be implemented by a Tory government, Theresa May vowed today as she tore into the Liberal Democrats for blocking plans to increase the monitoring of internet and email use.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:38:13 +0100)

Hillsborough inquest: Police superintendent reveals he did not know the crowd capacity of Leppings Lane end
The police officer controlling the Leppings Lane end on the day of the Hillsborough Disaster took operational advice from a TV cameraman and made the fateful decision to open gates into the stadium because the colleague who asked him to looked so traumatised.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:25:14 +0100)

Ukip voters are 'grumpy old men' who 'have had a bit of a hard time in life' and blame 'foreigners' for everything, says Ken Clarke
Former cabinet minister Kenneth Clarke has described Ukip voters as the "disappointed elderly" who have "had a bit of a hard time in life" and are susceptible to blaming "foreigners" for everything.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:22:59 +0100)

Boris Johnson talks to bricks and raises Conservative Party conference spirits: 'We'll eat Ukip for breakfast'
Boris Johnson raised the spirits of the Conservative annual conference by telling them that, they could win the next general election outright despite the opinions polls and recent defections to Ukip.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:15:30 +0100)

Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns
Isis could acquire nuclear and biological weapons to launch attacks on Britain, the Home Secretary warned today as she set out new measures to clamp down on extremist groups.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:43:17 +0100)

Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
A poster telling staff at Sainsbury’s to encourage customers to spend more during every shopping trip was put up in a shop window instead of the staff room by accident.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:10:57 +0100)

Indecent images of pupils found on computer belonging to dead deputy headteacher Martin Goldberg
Indecent images of pupils have been found on the computer of a deputy head teacher who was recently found dead, police have said.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:10:39 +0100)

UK weather: Driest September on record has been one of the warmest for a century
This month is set to be the driest September in the UK since records began almost 100 years ago – and one of the warmest.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:34:11 +0100)

Richard Barnes: Latest defector to Ukip has 30-year Tory links
Richard Barnes has torn up more than 30 years of links with the Tories to jump ship to Ukip.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:24:30 +0100)

Richard Barnes, former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London, defects to Ukip
The former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes, has defected to Ukip.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:38:52 +0100)

The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
George Osborne provoked a storm of controversy today by announcing a two-year freeze in most working-age benefits, while declining to hit the rich and exempting pensioners from his latest welfare cuts.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:50:00 +0100)

Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
The Government has been accused of stigmatising benefits claimants after a new system restricting the way they spend welfare money was unveiled at the Conservative Party Conference.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:35:18 +0100)

Missing Bristol 15-year-old girl in Turkey ‘could be heading to Syria’
Police say a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing from Bristol could be travelling towards Syria amid fears she "may have been radicalised”.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:45:58 +0100)

Revenge porn: Children as young as 11 are victims – with less than 5% of cases being prosecuted
Children as young as 11 have been the victims of “revenge pornography”, police have revealed, with new figures showing less than 5 per cent of cases lead to a prosecution because of legal loopholes.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:39:16 +0100)

'Terrorist Asbos to silence hate preachers' pledged by Tories for election manifesto
A ban on so-called hate preachers and other extremists being interviewed on television or speaking at public meetings will be promised by the Conservatives at next year’s general election.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Health pledge: Cameron planning seven-day GP access for patients
GPs will have to provide patients with seven-day-a-week access to services by 2020, David Cameron will announce today as the Tories attempt to counter Labour’s attack on their NHS record.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Revenge porn: What is it – and how big is the problem?
New figures have revealed that  children as young as 11 are becoming victims of revenge porn – with less than 5 per cent of cases leading to a prosecution.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Human traffickers’ victims ‘branded like cattle’
People traffickers are believed to have marked their victims with symbolic tattoos to assert their ownership over “assets” that can be sold for thousands of pounds, according to a new report out today.
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100)

Parody videos made legal under new law
Parody “mash-ups” and spoof videos which piece together clips from films and TV programmes or poke fun at songs will be made legal when a law comes into force later this week.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:35:12 +0100)

Museum says pacifist exhibit on First World War led to funding cut
One of Britain’s leading museums claims it is being cut off from Government funding for political reasons after taking a “pacifist” approach to the First World War.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:13 +0100)

‘Breaking Bad murder plot': Woman says mum ‘beat’ her
A graphic designer accused of a Breaking Bad-inspired murder plot wept as she described how her mother beat her, controlled her “24/7” and stopped her marrying the man she loved.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:25:00 +0100)

The 'Isis trap': David Davis warns of risks in joining ‘limitless’ war and falling into Isis trap
Britain is in danger of committing itself to an “open-ended limitless war” in northern Iraq that is doomed to failure, a veteran Conservative warned on Monday night.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:17:50 +0100)

Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
We may be a nation besotted with the likes of Macavity, Rumpleteazer and Jellicles, but Britain’s love affair with cats needs to be controlled and owners should consider limiting themselves to a single pet per home, according to a leading animal expert.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:13:30 +0100)

Mafia cybercrime booming and with it a whole service industry, says study
Traditional Mafia groups are increasingly outsourcing their specialist operations to highly skilled freelance cybercriminals who promote their services on hidden websites, says a new report.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:57:01 +0100)

Analysis: George Osborne inspired the Tory faithful, but will he ever be leader?
The enthusiastic response to George Osborne from the Conservative faithful was a reminder of his pivotal position inside the party. His landmark decision to freeze most working-age benefits for two years was a reminder that he is also one of the most powerful chancellors since the Second World War.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:47:43 +0100)

Neighbour complains after mistaking EU flag for 'Arabic flag'
Police were called to investigate an EU flag flying in a Northern Irish town, after a resident reportedly mistook the well-known emblem for an “Arabic flag”.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:36:59 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Hobson’s choice – or is it Osborne’s?
It’s just possible that George Osborne’s peroration “Choose Jobs. Choose Enterprise. Choose Security. Choose Prosperity… Choose David Cameron… Choose the future” was a conscious, if  eccentric, homage to No-voting Scotland.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:36:17 +0100)

The paedophile hunter: Vigilante's success adds to pressure for greater police resources in child sex crackdown
Fly-on-the-wall footage of a self-styled “paedophile hunter”, whose evidence has convicted ten sex offenders for grooming children online, will increase pressure on police to devote more resources to such covert operations.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:32:03 +0100)

Alice Gross: Police search National Trust estate for missing schoolgirl
Police searching for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross have moved part of their hunt to a National Trust-owned estate near to where the teenager was last seen.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:22:42 +0100)

Andy McSmith's Conference Diary: Cameron summons up spirit of Witney to defeat Reckless
The Conservatives have effectively conceded defeat in next month’s Clacton by-election, where Douglas Carswell – the first of the two UKIP defectors – is expected to hold on. But they do not intend to let go of Mark Reckless’s seat in Rochester and Strood without a fight.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:22:48 +0100)

Human placenta and umbilical cord found at Preston Cemetery: Police launch appeal for mother to come forward
Police are appealing for a new mother to come forward, after a human placenta and umbilical cord were discovered at a cemetery in Lancashire.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:02:54 +0100)

Ashya King: Parents claim doctor threatened to take the five-year-old away if they did not stop asking questions
The parents of Ashya King have claimed doctors said they would lose their parental rights and that their son would be taken from them if they continued to ask questions about his treatment.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:52:38 +0100)

Brooks Newmark 'entrapment': New press watchdog in spotlight as fallout sets tone for future of tabloid journalism
The way the new press watchdog handles the fallout from the Sunday Mirror’s alleged “entrapment” of minister Brooks Newmark will set the tone for the future of British tabloid journalism in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:52:22 +0100)

Does size matter? Survey shows one in five men unhappy with their penis
The old adage that size doesn’t matter is a bitter untruth for many it appears, with one in five men revealing they are unhappy with the size of their penis.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:44:30 +0100)

Matalan rebuffs 'racist' children’s monkey onesie accusations, calls situation 'very sad'
Matalan has rebuffed claims that a photo-shoot of children modelling novelty onesies is racist, after people complained about the only two black children in the image wearing monkey outfits.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:28:28 +0100)

Video: P&O cross-Channel ferry carrying 337 passengers catches fire
A large fire broke out in the engine room of a cross-Channel ferry carrying over 300 passengers early on Monday morning.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:15:42 +0100)

What does £74-per-week rent in London get you? A desk as a bed, in a box room filled with overhanging, unconnected wires
It certainly isn’t the stuff of dreams: this single box room in Lewisham, London, advertised on Spareroom.co.uk purports to be “perfect for young professionals,” but in reality it doesn’t look fit for a hamster.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:50:21 +0100)

Samiun Rahman arrested: Briton arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting jihadists to fight with Isis in Syria
A 24-year-old British man has been arrested by police in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting volunteers to fight alongside Islamic State jihadists in Syria.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:24:53 +0100)

Conservative Conference: An apple a day is good for the economy - if it's British
The new Environment Secretary today promised a drive to persuade Britons to eat more home-grown apples, pears and cheese.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:21:03 +0100)

Conservative Conference: The threatened defection to Ukip that lifted Tory hearts - by White Dee from Benefits Street (who votes Labour)
Another visitor to the Conservative conference has threatened to switch support to Ukip. But this time, the Tories were pleased to hear it.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:06:26 +0100)

Boris Johnson warns Tories they'd have to be 'utterly nuts' to join Ukip
Boris Johnson has ridiculed Tories who are thinking of defecting to Ukip by suggesting that they are “nuts” – and probably do unspeakable things with vacuum cleaners.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:36:40 +0100)

Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Changes to the car tax come into effect from Wednesday 1 October. How will they affect you?
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:22:35 +0100)

Conservative Conference: Did William Hague's farewell speech really move David Cameron to tears?
William Hague’s valedictory speech to Conservative conference was indisputably the high point of its opening day.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:02:39 +0100)

Brooks Newmark resignation: Hijacked Twitter user Charlene Tyler says MP should not have resigned
Charlene Tyler, the woman whose sunbathing photo was taken and used by the Sunday Mirror with the intention of honeytrapping MPs, has said that Brooks Newmark should not have resigned over the scandal.
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:56:38 +0100)