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PM’s encounter with sea creature while on holiday in Lanzarote is not the first time that a jellyfish has caused him pain.
Firms could buy ‘anonymised’ financial details. Plan ‘borderline insane’ according to senior Tory MP.
Senior Labour staffer says newly appointed senior strategist will focus on mobilising activists in 2015 election.
Barack Obama’s most influential adviser hailed by Labour’s campaign chief as crucial in helping party through tough battle.
Andrea Leadsom has held properties in a company rather than in her own name and made use of offshore banking services.
Ukip leader instead chooses Gaullist Debout la Republique party while being complimentary about Marine Le Pen.
Business lobby group accused of failing to consult members before formally registering position, with two firms resigning.
Measures would allow courts to ban those with overseas convictions and order compensation for victims of misconduct.
Which? found that 24 out of 60 lamb curries and kebabs tested contained cheaper meats such as beef and chicken.
US president’s right-hand man, who masterminded back-to-back election wins, to sharpen Labour party focus on inequality.
Commons Speaker says party leaders have not pledged to improve behaviour which is putting off MPs from contributing.
West Yorkshire police confirm shadow chancellor collided with parked vehicle and drove off without informing owner.
Green MP and four co-defendants found not guilty of obstructing public highway and public order offences during protests.
Pensions minister Steve Webb suggests most people underestimate how long they will live, resulting in poor financial projections.
Flowers was suspended by Methodist church and Labour party last year following claims that he bought and used illegal drugs.
Religious leaders and faith groups ask David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to tackle the causes of food poverty.
Great Grimsby MP calls on Ed Miliband to ‘mix with ordinary people more’ as he announces he will quit.
Nick Martin, mayor of Swindon, quits after being ordered to apologise by standards watchdog.
Shadow chancellor’s ‘five or seven’ point turn outside constituency office is latest offence involving poor driving.
Prime minister criticises some non-believers for failing to see that faith can give people a ‘moral code’.
Ukip leader says he makes legitimate use of flat-rate allowances after it emerged that he pays no rent on his UK office.
Defence secretary appears to undermine no camp, saying: ‘You can’t go into any negotiation with things that are non-negotiable’.
The Northern Ireland secretary also said there would be no more amnesties for IRA members on the run, after John Downey.
Citizens Advice Bureau reports 60% spike in people wanting help since period JSA is withheld increased to four weeks.
Admiral Sir George Zambellas says breakaway would weaken navy with bases and infrastructure carved up.
Former deputy speaker says MPs should look at giving lifetime anonymity to people accused of sex offences.
Sarah Wollaston claims she had to offer help to complainants, but Tory colleagues demand apology for her actions.
Ukip leader denies wrongdoing as he faces questions over £15,500 in expenses claimed annually for office costs.
Deputy prime minister says government will invite bids from councils for new housing schemes.
Majority say councils should keep responsibilities over schools and that teaching profession requires dedicated training.
Observer/Opinium findings show Labour holding a six point lead over the struggling Tories, while Ukip also climbs.
Tory former deputy speaker says he used life savings to fund his successful £130,000 defence against charges.
Controversial findings say savings on fuel costs lead to spending on other services but cause furore among environmental groups.
First minister tells SNP the pro-independence movement is instead a ‘beacon of hope’ for Scotland.
Impression MPs ‘splash about on expenses’ and get drunk in subsidised bars creates antipathy towards politics, warns Harman.
Some Tories calling for a higher threshold of evidence after acquittals of Nigel Evans, Michael Le Vell and Bill Roache.
Sources in diplomatic corps in Edinburgh say tide of opinion has shifted, while opinion polls show increase in support for yes vote.
New book claims that senior party members conspired to protect late MP from prosecution for child sex offences.
Eleven suspects identified by police after seven people make new claims of historic sexual and physcial abuse at Knowl View School.
Liberal Democrats’ most senior finance minister says party cannot guarantee fees will stay at £9,000 after next general election.
Chancellor wants to make it easier to impose fines and jail terms on tax avoiders exploiting offshore havens.
Spending more on stockpile of controversial anti-flu drugs that has already cost over £500m verges on the reckless, says MP.
Poll after Farage-Clegg debates said Ukip backed by 34% of those certain to vote, compared with 27% Labour, 20% Tories.
Jeremy Browne attacks direction of the party, saying ‘I’m not sure it would be necessary to invent it’ if it didn’t exist.
Education secretary addresses issue of female genital mutilation after Guardian campaign attracts support of 230,000 people.
A petition by a first time voter warns that the Maria Miller expenses controversy will increase voter apathy among young people. How has it affected you?
Ed Miliband urged to set out bold vision for the election as Len McCluskey warns of split with party over austerity.
Prime minister claims Welsh hospitals underperform English ones, in attack on Carwyn Jones’s Labour administration.
SNP leader says a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could lead to a Labour government in Edinburgh.
MP for Lichfield says firing was due to opposition to HS2 and his tweet about former culture minister’s resignation.
Charities welcome landmark verdict after judge rules Theresa May acted unlawfully and irrationally.
We now know the government’s Tamiflu stockpile wouldn’t have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there’s a lot we don’t know about other medicines we take.
Shadow home secretary proposes stronger laws so business know where they stand.
Miller said the controversy over her expenses ‘has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing’.
International Monetary Fund concedes it was overly pessimistic last spring when it warned chancellor to ease austerity measures.
Child benefit and child tax credit will be not be paid until three months after European migrants arrive in Britain.
Mary Macleod texted Tory colleagues to say ongoing furore over culture secretary’s expenses claims were ‘due to Leveson’.
Scottish government spokeswoman says NIESR analysis ‘misunderstand how government debt works’.
Surveillance watchdog’s report says authorities do not engage in random mass intrusion into affairs of law-abiding UK citizens.
Culture secretary should resign, say former party chairman Lord Tebbit and grassroots members.
Party leader to say a Labour government would use economic devolution to bring prosperity to city and county regions.
Expenses row continues to dominate agenda as culture secretary comes under fire for giving wrong message to voters.
Dominic Grieve QC says ensuring vulnerable are questioned by judges rather than barristers could harm right to a fair trial.
Efforts made to secure a successful mediation between former chief executive and four female activists.
Head of no campaign accuses pro-independence activists of shouting down those who disagree with them.
Communities secretary calls on militant atheists to stop imposing ‘politically correct intolerance’ on UK’s Christians.
Jobless will have to take ‘basic steps’ towards finding work before they can claim, as part of government push on welfare.
Demand for face-to-face evaluations for disability benefit has overwhelmed company contracted to carry them out.
Work and pensions secretary backs independent regulation of MPs but offers support to culture secretary.
Ex-chair of Committee on Standards in Public Life says case of culture secretary shows need to reform MPs’ disciplinary system.
Royal College of Physicians president says A&E treatment target is crazy and overworked medics run around like scalded cats.
Social Market Foundation report insists economic problems faced by middle-income groups have been exaggerated.
Secret document for academies minister Lord Nash outlines strategy to ‘step in fast to cut political damage’.
Recording shows Jo Hindley mentioning Miller’s involvement in Leveson discussions in conversation with reporter.
Manifesto will focus on solar power and offshore wind instead in attempt to show Cameron is not abandoning green agenda.
As urged by Michael Gove, international comparisons used for more demanding grade boundaries.
Deputy PM does not ‘feel bruised’ by debate and says: ‘I wasn’t going to reverse 20 years of myth-making in two hours’.
Labour leader calls for repeat of 2010 debates involving three main parties, saying: ‘I am not that interested in Nigel Farage’.
Culture secretary under pressure as correspondence showing how she resisted investigation into mortgage claims is reissued.
Culture minister accused independent parliamentary standards watchdog of acting contrary to the law.
Minister is expected to repay £5,800 after standards committee criticises her for not co-operating fully with investigation.
Force says it has referred itself to watchdog over response to allegations against disgraced TV presenter and Peter Jaconelli.
Coalition is taking far more than it gives, says shadow chancellor as the Tory rise in personal tax allowance to £10,000 starts.
Labour leader says that his party ‘are interested in innovative solutions’ to the railways but says it has to be ‘affordable’.
Legislation was supposed to bring transparency into lobbying but has been dubbed the ‘gagging law’ by charities.
Ukip leader judged to have beaten Liberal Democrat opposite number in head-to-head by 69% of those polled.
Ukip leader’s remarks at odds with most expert opinion follow criticism of his admiration for Vladimir Putin.
Lib Dems claim leader rejected Tory proposal to limit the number of new onshore turbines.
Science and technology select committee says corporation continues to give opinions and scientific fact the same weight.
Review to look into party’s alleged links to extremism amid speculation group could be banned in Britain.
Business secretary insists the privatisation was a success but Chuka Umunna says taxpayers were ‘disgracefully shortchanged to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds’.
Chancellor repudiates 1991 declaration by Norman Lamont that unemployment was a price worth paying to bring down inflation.
Education secretary’s pledge follows George Osborne’s commitment to restore Britain to full employment.
David Cameron considers 2015 manifesto commitment to curb onshore turbines, but Nick Clegg says Lib Dems will block it from coalition programme.
Anonymous minister who said currency union would eventually be agreed is ‘totally, plainly, utterly and flatly wrong’, says Clegg.
Ukip leader stands by admiration of Russian president, as Nick Clegg says support for sponsor of Syria’s Assad is grotesque.
MPs accuse Vince Cable of ignoring City warnings that maximum share price of 330p left Royal Mail undervalued.
Current road signage system would also be scrapped under scheme nationalists say helps show country is ‘part of Europe’.
Chancellor lauds creation of more than 1.3m posts as tax and welfare changes ‘encourage jobs growth’ across Britain.
Party’s election manifesto will include commitment to scrap government’s £9,000 fees but long-term policy still undecided.
Bill to propose removing privileges such as tax exemptions, powers of veto and immunity from planning and other legislation.
Scottish secretary slams complacency in unionist camp and says: ‘By the time we wake up it may be too late’
Labour’s two-point fall in Opinium/Observer poll leaves it just one point ahead of the Tories, with Ukip up to 15%.
Culture secretary will come under renewed scrutiny after the Telegraph says she will repay some money and apologise.
Floating voters in dozens of key seats say their decision will be based on the parties’ housing manifestos.
Rogue companies could be fined hundreds of thousands of pounds if they continue to flout the law.
Ukip leader says European Union pursued quasi-imperial foreign policy and encouraged Ukrainians to ‘poke the Russian bear’.
A year after housing benefits were cut for council tenants with spare rooms, figures show 30,000 have moved.
Chancellor and deputy respond to minister’s claim that UK would have to form currency union to ensure economic stability.
Ukip leader attacks EU’s foreign policy, claiming it has provoked Russia and deepened Syria crisis by giving rebels false hope.
The Labour leader will brush aside criticism by power providers and seek a Commons vote next week on immediate price freeze.
George Osborne publishes article with counterpart Wolfgang Schauble arguing countries not using euro. must be treated fairly.
Frontline professionals say health secretary does not understand the NHS and feel it is under too much political control.
Clegg camp disappointed with first opinion polls but say the real win is having the debate and talking directly to voters.
Research finds average debt of low income households affected by benefits changes is almost £3,000 – up 29% since October.
Lib Dem deputy prime minister protests over anti-Europe scare stories; Ukip leader condemns EU support for Ukraine.
Prime minister claims that people’s concerns about shale gas will abate once a few wells are up and running.
Schools face closure as National Union of Teachers leads walkout in continuing row over pay and conditions.
Business group says Scotland would face being left out in cold and Salmond’s plan to join EU within 18 months is ‘ambitious’.
Imran Khan warns the government’s legal-aid budget cuts mean lawyers can’t afford to take on expensive open-ended cases.
Committee of MPs indicate that age-old practice of seeking royal consent for parliamentary bills may soon come to an end.
Amid fears of further Russian military moves in Ukraine, G7 meets in The Hague without Russia for the first time since 1998.
UK satellite firm and AAIB cited for ‘groundbreaking maths’ to narrow the flight corridor of missing passenger jet and help solve riddle.
Public accounts committee chair says tax official’s use of powers to track down journalist had ‘shocked her to the bones’.
Attorney general grants permission to relatives of Private Cheryl James to go to high court for second hearing.
West Mercia police chief writes to home secretary urging her to lift ban on use of water cannon across England and Wales.
Downing Street releases statistics days after George Osborne announced the scheme will be extended until 2020.
New market-share figures prompt calls for action to fix “broken” energy market, as domestic power bills continue to soar.
Report shows salaries for top 10% of earners rose faster than for bottom 10% as pay inequality intensifies across UK.
Shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker to call for 2015 review to focus more on long-term strategy and ‘smart power’.
University of Glasgow researchers warn North Sea production fall will leave Scotland £1,000 worse off per person than UK.
Pensioners are to be given more freedom with their savings, leading to fewer buying the much-hated annuities.
Eurosceptics on key Commons committee fear money may assist cause of political integration.
TUC launches Fair Pay Fortnight and pushes for return of wage councils.
Growing demand for care and lack of cash are fuelling the crisis, says Royal College chief in outspoken attack.
Education secretary says removal of intensive, multi-layered inspections is ‘reflection of success’.
First lady risks upsetting Chinese hosts with plea for unrestricted internet, but may have been aiming at Turkish PM.
People who cash in pension savings could find themselves trapped into paying care bills they could have avoided.
Brussels drafts tougher sanctions for new battle plan against Moscow should Putin expand territorial claims in Ukraine.
Flagship jobs scheme the government insisted would help millions back into work is called into question by figures.
Tory party chairman responds to criticism of his ‘condescending’ tweeted poster publicising beer and bingo tax cuts.
Nick Hillman, who worked for David Willetts on student loans regime, calls for action over looming university funding gap.
Cases of people accused of evading licence fee accounted for more than one in 10 criminal prosecutions last year.
The proportion of unpaid loans is approaching a critical level as write-offs are on track to pass the gains from tripling of fees.
Defence group said it believed that remaining in the UK ‘offers greater certainty and stability’ for its operations.
Internet firm is known to be unhappy about snooping and would be under no obligation to hand over material under Irish laws.
Fears retirees will splurge cash or leave it to languish
Shares plunge as sector is forecast to contract hugely.
In penultimate budget before election, chancellor offers package of help for pensioners and ‘makers, doers and savers’.
Tax credits and housing benefit limited to £119.5bn in central plank of plan to cut the deficit.
Tory Andrew Bridgen claims support from MPs proves it is no longer a question of ‘will’ dodging fee become civil offence.
Queen gives permission for Labour veteran to become second politician in history to rest in chapel of St Mary Undercroft.
David Cameron to call on EU to expel Russia from G8, and cut military ties and energy dependence following ‘land grab’
Russian president makes speech laced with bluster and anger at west, saying Russia has been ‘cheated again and again’.
Deputy prime minister says raising of personal tax allowance to £10,000 has not increased taxes for those in 40% bracket.
Proposed bylaws covering city’s parks and open spaces condemned as an ‘assault on civil liberties’.
UK Statistics Authority accuses MoJ of overestimating barristers’ earnings in figures aimed at justifying legal aid cuts.
Organisation says pace of cuts likely to intensify over next year and urges government to do more to tackle inequality.
Spy services’ monitor has staff of just two and was bewildered by Snowden affair.
Chancellor to claim economic programme offers path to security, while Bank of England governor warns on low interest rates.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to offer up to £2,000 for each child to support working parents.
Labour accuses government of handing out redundancy cheques ‘like confetti’ while thousands are denied pay rises.
Commons work and pensions committee warns Iain Duncan Smith’s department to exercise care in its press releases.
Survey shows improving economic conditions in eurozone and rising customer demand fuelling optimism in sector.
Judges say concerns raised by charities working with prisoners are not the result of unlawful action by justice secretary.
Inquiry about Greater Manchester police’s behaviour is one of three arising from whistleblower’s allegations.
UK should not be bound by ‘ever closer union’ to Europe, says PM, unveiling seven-point plan to renegotiate membership.
Universal Jobmatch set to be jettisoned after it was found to be carrying a series of fake, repeat or fraudulent jobs ads.
Chancellor promises creation of 15,000 homes by Thames Estuary at Ebbsfleet and will extend Help to Buy in budget.
Scheme has kickstarted housing market and helped buyers, say some – but critics fear it is causing a property price bubble.
Presenter accused of expressing personal opinions about Scotland’s entitlement during interview with Alex Salmond.
Ukip leader reaffirms pledge and says he will resign within 12 hours if party fails to get MPs into parliament in 2015.
Johann Lamont says party would use proposed extra powers for Scottish parliament to raise taxes to reinvest in public services.
Independent Police Complaints Commission said to lack ‘empathy, sensitivity and compassion’ regarding deaths.
Business secretary calls for HS2 revamp ahead of key report that could decide project’s fate.
Outrage over double-digit increase as NHS staff face fourth year of below inflation rises.
New code of conduct does not rule out forming relationships with suspects or associates if justified by likely disclosures.
Thinktank puts a figure on the annual cost of the gap between rich and poor and calls for politicians to act.
Unicef figures show one in five girls, some under 10, forced to marry by parents to protect against sexual violence.
MPs’ report on council procurement was the chance to discuss real issues but instead it was bland tour of the horizon.
Veteran leftwing Labour politician who went from being ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ to a national radical treasure.
Home secretary says independence vote would bring big changes for migration policy.
Non-binding motion stating that pilot culls have ‘decisively failed’ is passed by 219 votes to one.
The trade in goods deficit widened to a worse than expected £9.8bn in January from £7.7bn in December.
Education secretary draws comparisons between PM’s team and cabinet of Lord Salisbury, criticised for alleged cronyism.
Dancer hopes to become MP in home town of Salford and pledges to end current banking system and redistribute wealth.
Former cabinet minister dies at his home in west London surrounded by family members.
Quartet Middle East envoy updates Cameron on state of peace talks and Palestinian economy before PM sees Mahmoud Abbas.
House of Lords inquiry finds safeguards being used to oppress those lacking mental capacity and force decisions upon them.
Local authorities are borrowing millions and converting disused police stations, music studios and IT suites into extra classrooms.
DWP gets new power as part of effort to make it easier to confiscate possessions from people who make fraudulent claims.
Department for Work and Pensions has particular problem with private firms says damning report on government contracts.
British PM sets out vision of peace but avoids discussion of upcoming talks as he addresses Israeli parliament.
Outgoing boss Sir David Nicholson warns that billions in extra funding will be needed for ‘painful’ change.
Scale of health and pension obligations has not been made clear to taxpayers, says free-market Institute of Economic Affairs.
Ruling in the court of appeal backs Guardian campaign to have letters to ministers released under freedom of information law.
Vince Cable says government will accept recommendation of Low Pay Commission for above-inflation 3% increase.
Conor Burns MP was initially reluctant to give statement on alleged indecent assault at 2003 Tory conference.
Fall in North Sea oil revenues last year left Scottish economy with worse annual deficit level than United Kingdom.
Office for National Statistics says Britain spent less on research and development than rest of EU in 2012.
British PM’s two-day trip to include Palestinian territories and speech to Knesset warning that time running out for deal.
Daily Mirror investigation alleges defence secretary could have been kept from top tax bracket by putting property in wife’s name.
Government insists charities form no part of welfare system and this is merely a ‘signpost’, but ‘high level process’ in place.
Judge says policy introducing fines of up to £1,000 for busking without a licence is ‘necessary and proportionate’.
IES Breckland in Suffolk, the first school run on a profit-making basis, rated ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.
Clinical commissioning groups will have power to block attempts to use successful hospitals to resolve failures in others.
Whips warned MP about his behaviour and he was then allowed to successfully run for deputy speaker.
Revised figures released by ONS show insecurity becoming the norm in job market, says Labour.
Department for Work and Pensions is struggling to meet demands for savings, according to internal review.
Shadow chancellor says plan will be funded by levy on bankers’ bonuses and pension tax changes but idea is criticised by thinktanks.
Former Liberal Democrat health minister is seeking to amend clause 119 of the care bill, dubbed the ‘hospital closure clause’.
British PM calls on Russian president to agree to contact group allowing direct talks between Kiev and Moscow.
British Chambers of Commerce raises alarm over youth unemployment, but wage growth expected to overtake inflation.
Ex-prime minister sets out radical plan to rewrite UK constitution giving Scots more powers.
Internal report into corporation’s funding recommends move to inflationary rise in place of price freeze.
Lord Justice Fulford was involved with National Council for Civil Liberties, to which Paedophile Information Exchange was affiliated, but denies supporting group’s aims.
Bill would also establish commission of experts to check NSA files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Study challenges idea that all over-50s are basking in affluence and says real inequality is not just linked to age.
Survey of 2,200 people across London found that two-thirds of lower-income Londoners have seen standard of living fall.
British foreign secretary accuses Putin of major miscalculation but says pressure will not remove Russia from Crimea.
Commons Treasury select committee says more must be done to warn public about consequences of protecting public spending.
Tory rebels expected to join effort to veto health secretary’s plans to fast track cuts in healthcare.
Anti-terror head moved as black police leader says force has not improved since the 1999 Macpherson inquiry.
Deputy prime minister says Crimea is in different category from rest of Ukraine, and Russia has ‘pronounced imprint’ there.
Austerity may last until 2020 and chancellor may have to make further cuts to welfare, local government and police, claims FT.
Former Tory MP Sir Ivan Lawrence QC tells protesters he is ashamed of government for ‘destroying criminal justice system’.
Solicitors and barristers are resisting cuts, but the two sides disagree even on the size of the legal aid budget.
Chancellor ‘must say why he has not curbed excess’ as EU considers imposing new limits on bosses’ pay.
Explosive devices found in Derry and Lisburn sorting offices were intended for staff at Maghaberry top security jail.
Tim Farron to call for public protection from ‘overreach by the state’ after its imposition of ‘blanket surveillance’ on UK.
Maria Miller prepared to suggest change in law to make non-payment a civil offence during talks regarding BBC charter.
Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet tells EU’s Cathy Ashton about claim that provocateurs were behind Maidan killings.
Around half of the vacancies on official job search website may be bogus, falsely promoted or against the rules, says Frank Field MP.
Trade union halves official number of members affiliated to the party in wake of Ed Miliband’s voting reforms.
Concern and sadness as city looks to prized National Exhibition Centre to raise funds for £1bn equal pay settlement.
Lib Dem business secretary and Conservative immigration minister plan to take opposite positions in clashing speeches.
Reduction in numbers to 82,000 – with greater reliance on reservists – causes concern among committee members.
Business secretary’s speech appears to accuse teachers of failing to give students correct career advice
Sir David Nicholson admits ‘bitter regret’ about Mid Staffs and says service should spend hospitals’ money closer to home.
Phone-hacking trial hears ex-PM texted ‘thinking of you’, with Michael Gove and Piers Morgan also offering their support.
MEP calls on European commission to take UK to court for allowing banks to ‘blatantly’ sidestep EU rules limiting bonuses.
Labour accuse No 10 of lack of transparency over resignation as government refuses to reveal exact timings of events.
Institute of Fiscal Studies warns that predictions by Alex Salmond’s government of North Sea earnings are ‘too optimistic’.
International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis ‘misguided initiatives’.
Government document photographed outside No 10 states that ‘London’s financial centre’ should not be closed to Russians.
Media watchdog says Ukip should receive same coverage as Tories, Labour and Lib Dems before European elections.
London mayor denies George Osborne has approached him and says he prefers ‘daily excitement’ of running city to parliament.
Acpo demands specific legal focus on parents who let their daughters suffer FGM as well as on ‘cutters’.
Support for going it alone drops to 32% in Ipsos Mori survey, which compares views on both sides of border.
Deputy PM commissions independent report after failing to persuade David Cameron of need for reform of oversight.
Coalition’s business secretary asks for advice from equalities watchdog on legality of move that would be highly controversial.
Patrick Rock resigned as deputy head of Downing Street’s policy last month on day before arrest.
Prime minister will unveil plan to raise personal tax allowance above £10,000, a pledge made by the Lib Dems in 2010.
Prince Edward also pulls out of attending Paralympics in Sochi on advice of government.
Before George Osborne’s budget, business lobby group says UK remains too dependent on consumer demand.
Mayor of London calls for children at risk to be removed from families and taken into care.
Ukraine has put its armed forces on full alert and warned Russia that military intervention will lead to war shortly after Vladimir Putin gave the green light for an invasion as the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved his request to send troops into the neighbouring state.
Cutbacks across England and Wales mean pupils will only get transport to nearest school.
Former prisoner has denied charges of terror offences.
Peer who quit the party 33 years ago hopes changes will save National Health Service.