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Education secretary Nicky Morgan announces reforms after Peter Clarke’s damning report on Muslim extremist infiltration.
New education secretary also says she will look at allowing Ofsted to inspect academies in wake of scandal.
The MP tweeted: ‘the big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes’.
Independent report shows systematic failings in the way benefit sanctions are communicated and processed.
New education secretary delivers a blow to hopes she will slow down the government’s most controversial changes.
Ed Miliband outlines plan to scrap Railways Act and reverse privatisation that puts reform at heart of election manifesto.
Guidance for police issued as airports and border crossings put on alert for girls at risk of being taken out of UK for cutting.
Former environment secretary suggests he was removed from cabinet because of ‘powerful, self-serving’ environmental lobby.
Foreign secretary says status quo ‘not in Britain’s interest’ and he would vote to leave without renegotiation of UK relationship.
Vince Cable antagonises Tory coalition partners after calling off privatisation of student loans worth an estimated £12bn.
‘For too long there has been a reluctance to face up to the implications of what is happening,’ British PM says.
Former Tory chancellor expresses fears over productivity and warns against triumphalism over ‘a bit of cyclical upswing’.
Ed Miliband unveils plans for rail network in his keynote speech to party’s national policy forum in Milton Keynes.
South Wales police look into allegations against late Labour peer dating back to 1960s and 1970s.
Prime minister speaks after chairing Cobra meeting on Malaysia Airlines jet brought down over Ukraine on Thursday.
Assisted dying bill would allow doctors to prescribe lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.
Graça Machel, Bono and Tutu urge prime minister to take lead on UN climate change deal and millennium development goals.
Independent investigation sparked by ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds officials failed to act for fear of being accused of Islamophobia.
Reported plan risks UK’s expulsion from the Council of Europe and could even threaten Britain’s membership of EU.
Tory manifesto to include 50% ballot hurdle, in what would be the biggest crackdown on strikes since the Thatcher era.
Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory ‘differentiation strategy’.
Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine endorses article warning David Cameron would regret ‘shabby day’s work’.
Deputy PM meets with activists over concerns Chinese plans could jeopardise Joint Declaration on Hong Kong handover.
Detective told chief constable in 1970 there was prima facie evidence of guilt but DPP advised against prosecution.
PM speaks of worry about legalising euthanasia, but says he would be very happy for Commons to debate issue.
European parliament president, Martin Schulz, says he cannot imagine Lord Hill getting majority in European parliament.
Education secretary demoted to role of chief whip in reshuffle that promoted women at all levels of government.
Twenty-seven leading figures write to every peer urging them to back Lord Falconer’s private members bill on assisted dying.
Whitehall mandarins ‘undermined’ by sudden announcement after whispering campaign and amid reshuffle.
Parliament approves timetable motion for Drip bill as government accepts Labour amendments to strengthen safeguards.
Former Luxembourg prime minister wins 422 votes from 751-seat parliament as focus moves to filling other top EU roles.
Home secretary insists necessity for foreign firms to comply with UK warrants has always been assumed ‘in government circles’.
Home secretary accused of ‘due diligence’ failings before former judge’s appointment as chair of inquiry into child sex abuse.
Strategists have concluded that the PM needs to promote women and soften the party’s image before the next election.
More than two-thirds is owed to HM Revenue and Customs, with the Department for Work and Pensions and justice ministry accounting for most of the rest.
BMA speaks out against health secretary’s imminent move, saying it could damage patients’ trust in their GP practices.
Funding pot includes extra £800m of investment in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton calls on supporters to vote down any attempt to pass wrecking amendment on sensitive issue.
Prime minister expected to promote a number of women, as he moves to project a modern and diverse face of the Tory party.
Many appear to show little interest in understanding principles drawn up in 1995 after ‘sleaze scandals’, committee warns.
Tory activists say disquiet over issues such as HS2 and same-sex marriage have led to membership falling by 10%.
Chief secretary to the Treasury’s letter circulated a day after OBR’s oil and gas revenue projections lowered by a quarter.
Justin Welby had attacked Wonga, but 24 hours later it was revealed that the church had indirect exposure to the lender.
Ford warns young loyalists against ‘ruining their lives’ as unionist activist claims new generation of loyalists is being radicalised.
The service employs 4,500 civil servants and made a surplus of £98.8m in 2012-13.
Osborne, Hague and May set to stay but ‘old lags’ are expected to make way for ‘youthful and modern Tory face’.
One of three reports prepared for Airport Commission highlights commercial and infrastructure concerns over ‘Boris island’.
Legislation aims to shore up powers requiring phone and internet companies to retain and hand over data to security services.
Vince Cable says move would undermine workers’ rights, while Labour scorns millionaire ministers ‘demonising lowest paid’.
Use of fast-track or premium services during Passport Office backlog in the spring soared, new data reveals.
Prime minister branded ‘Bullingdon bully’ by Unite leader over threat to impose turnout threshold and time limit for union ballots.
Next president of European commission says EU needs UK and Westminster can negotiate a ‘recovery of competences’.
Keith Vaz surprised at appointment of peer as senior civil servant admits missing 114 files on abuse ‘probably destroyed’.
Rights groups say claim that records of Diego Garcia flights are missing due to water damage ‘smacks of cover-up’.
Lord Warner says an inquiry he conducted in 1992 showed how children’s homes were targeted by powerful people.
Commons Treasury committee pressed for court approval before HMRC could deduct money from personal bank accounts.
Paul Pugh tells Commons home affairs select committee ‘vast majority’ of applicants are getting passports within four weeks.
Ukip leader proposes salary increase for politicians and cap of £100,000 for GPs as part of party’s upcoming manifesto.
Inquiry may examine security service files and claims the Tory whips’ office in the 1970s may have suppressed allegations.
After reports that woman accused him of raping her in 1967, former home secretary says claim is ‘wholly without foundation’.
Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after ‘conditional reassurances’ on progress.
The Labour leader wants council finances to be held publicly to account in return for access to central government funding.
Ex-Thatcher minister says politicians’ instincts were to protect ‘the system’ as it emerged that 114 more documents were lost.
Chancellor says government will find authoritative way to get to the truth of alleged paedophilia by politicians in the 1980s.
Education secretary says extremists must be denied a platform in schools and other public institutions.
New legislation being drawn up would severely curb public sector unions’ rights to organise strikes.
Calls for ‘overarching, Hillsborough-style’ inquiry as it emerges that a total of 114 documents are missing from official records.
Ministers pledge to compensate Brussels if Britain pulls out as part of decisions over Europe-wide policing measures.
MP for Manchester Withington criticised for advertising for ‘interns’ but not offering minimum wage.
Tristram Hunt says scheme would boost career structure and improve teacher retention.
Move by prime minister follows pressure to find 1980s dossier of allegations against MPs which was handed to Leon Brittan.
Patrick McLoughlin says salaries fall within budget, despite coalition saying repeatedly public servants should not earn more than David Cameron.
Death in 2006 of British agent Denis Donaldson, ‘political enforcer’ for Gerry Adams, has led to 903 lines of inquiry.
Sale draws fresh anger over Conservatives’ reliance on wealthy private donors and lack of transparency at lucrative events.
Party rally in Perth hears prime minister associate ‘pride and patriotism’ to voting for Scotland to remain united with rest of UK.
National Audit Office finds that HMRC set baseline to gauge performance £1.9bn too low when it began measurement.
Plan for competitive bids drawn up, ruling out proposals that expired franchises be returned automatically to the public sector.
Cross-party committee calls for schools to lose funding if headteachers ignore guidance on female genital mutilation.
Private health firms ready to bid for £1.2bn worth of outsourced services at Staffordshire clinical commissioning group areas.
Lord Brittan says he asked officials to look into claims of Westminster paedophile network, as MPs call for inquiry.
Deputy prime minister’s victory means party will stand by its current policy, to hold a referendum only if UK loses sovereignty.
Public and Commercial Services Union will take part in huge day of action alongside teachers and local government workers.
Prime minister to announce inquiry into why drugs have not emerged to combat ‘one of the biggest threats facing the world’
Lutfur Rahman applies for judicial review of decision to launch auditors’ inquiry, which centres on his administration.
Electoral Commission finds Tower Hamlets count of mayoral, local and European elections in May was poorly resourced.
PM accused of giving ‘masterclass in how to alienate allies and lose argument for Britain’ with threats over Jean-Claude Juncker.
CBI backs plan for decentralised funding for skills and investment as Miliband tries to reassure industry over tax.
Prime minister telephones European Commission president elect to congratulate him on getting the job.
Union attacks ministers for wasting more of taxpayers’ money on IT scheme rendered obsolete by Cabinet Office project.
Former education secretary says prince tried to influence policy, while others say he lobbied on GM and alternative medicine.
General secretary Len McCluskey will mark opening of annual conference by announcing full backing for the party.
Sources claim coalition has dropped plan over fears it could ignite Scottish resentment and create two tiers of MPs.
In Stirling to celebrate Armed Forces Day, the Prime Minister will welcome the deal signed between rail companies and the Ministry of Defence that will mean the HM Forces Railcard will now cover all active volunteer reservists, their spouses and children.
Former Tory health minister Stephen Dorrell calls for more spending as King’s Fund raises fears over shortage of doctors.
A bad day for Europe, says isolated and bitter David Cameron as commission chief nominated.
Critics unite to demand his sacking as Quartet’s envoy as evidence emerges of his private business interests expanding in region.
Boris Johnson completes purchase of three second-hand machines from Germany before decision from home secretary.
Senior party sources said the idea that the party would examine the issue next year is ‘categorically not going to happen’.
Labour leader tells audience in Edinburgh that Alex Salmond’s government is involved in a ‘race to the bottom’.
The shadow home secretary will tell the Fabian Society that public services should mean empowerment and opportunities.
Signs EU leaders will offer overwhelming support to the former Luxembourg leader, despite UK prime minister’s objections.
The Bank of England signalled on Thursday that it would not impose draconian measures to cool the housing market unless house prices rise by more than 20% over the next three years.
Due to have been published three years ago, the Chilcot report now threatens to haunt UK politics ahead of the 2015 election.
Lib Dem leader restates opposition to legislation after Theresa May claimed it was ‘matter of life and death’.
Sting, Russell Brand and National Black Police Association among signatories of open letter urging UK drugs policy review.
Old Bailey judge expresses concern PM apologised for hiring former NoW editor while jury were still deliberating over charges.
Angela Merkel withering about British tactics as UK ambassador to EU summoned to Downing Street for last-ditch consultations.
Local transport particularly at risk, as infrastructure struggles to cope with increasing number of extreme weather events.
May uses Mansion House speech to make case for reviving ‘snooper’s charter’ legislation, calling it matter of ‘life and death’.
Bill introduced on Wednesday aims to clamp down on abuses, but critics say it is not enough to fully protect workers.
British Retail Consortium ordered to produce new transparency guidance after the Guardian’s Thai prawn investigation.
Decision to end Sky Walkers initiative amid claims its agents lied about broadband speeds and download limits to sign up customers.
Edinburgh university study claims little evidence ‘fee refugees’ would flood north if free tuition policy extended to rest of UK.
A fifth of NHS trusts in England have been rated as having poor disclosure performance in a new assessment.
Downing Street declines to deny prime minister will back no vote in planned 2017 EU referendum if reforms are not embraced.
Former UK prime minister is tainted by Iraq war and his achievements for quartet are negligible, signatories of letter say.
The Ukip leader said that voters should be able to veto planning decisions, sack bad MPs and challenge council tax rises.
Extremists were leafleting Muslims then indoctrinating them at constantly changing venues to avoid police surveillance, he says.
Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions secretary, says suppliers may be required to pay the living wage.
Gary Shopland says he has been unfairly branded racist after he was secretly sent by police to spy on British National party.
Former defence secretary says first duty of state is to protect citizens and public will accept greater monitoring powers.
Work and pensions secretary claims other EU leaders’ strong support for bid is ‘flicking two fingers’ at European people.
Unison, GMB and Unite ballot hundreds of thousands of workers in England and Wales in protest at offer worth 1% for most staff.
Former minister gives Ed Miliband resounding support but says Tory victory could leave party in wilderness for 15 years.
Senior party figures reported to be demanding boost as leading doctor attacks squeeze on funding.
Cameron faces defeat over Juncker appointment as head of EU executive but UK could win support for ‘sensible reforms’, says Polish foreign minister.
Nearly half would vote to leave while only 37% would vote to stay, though the picture changes if membership is renegotiated.
Jane Ellison tells private meeting that coalition reforms ‘pretty much gave away control of NHS’.
John Morrison, former head of defence intelligence staff, writes in Observer that Blair must have known of chemical weapons.
An estimated 50,000 people in London addressed by speakers, including Russell Brand, after People’s Assembly march.
Renewed British passports will now be accepted in popular holiday destinations, including Cyprus, Turkey and the US.
Michael Fabricant made the comments about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after she clashed with fellow journalist Rod Liddle in a TV debate.
Tourism minister Helen Grant suggests Passport Office backlog creates opportunity for ‘staycations’ holidays within Britain.
Economists say government appears to be struggling to reduce deficit in line with targets as borrowing hits £13.3bn in May.
Groups sign ‘landmark’ declaration making clear female genital mutilation is not supported by religious doctrine.
Former home secretary says Ed Miliband will want new faces for his cabinet and ‘clear break with past’ if Labour wins.
Lib Dem leader calls on Hancock to resign over sexual advances, but questions remain over when Clegg knew about it.
Communities secretary approves building on green belt land on economic grounds, overriding South Bucks planners’ objections.
Prime minister says it is not for west to pick leaders of Iraq, and foreign secretary says country faces decisive moment.
New rules brought in by Michael Gove in wake of ‘Trojan horse’ controversy could stop conservative Muslims from being trustees.
Danny Alexander concedes Scotland could continue using the BBC and national lottery even if it votes for independence.
Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair.
No 10 reveals 65 arrests linked to Syria and 14 passport seizures as prime minister warns of security threat to Britain.
Former chief surveillance inspector says government exploiting loopholes in legislation, and reforms are needed.
David Cameron supports Michael Gove’s view that more must be done to confront extreme Islamist ideology.
Shadow chancellor says proposed sterling zone, on back of a yes vote, would be flawed, unstable and may make him resign
Health secretary says public money should not be spent to improve someone’s looks.
Prime minister says Islamist fighters in Iraq will ‘hit us at home’ if Britain does not help stabilise regime.
Election petition claims groups of people were paid to stand at polling stations and convince voters to back Lutfur Rahman.
Public accounts committee says programme lumbers taxpayer with risky loans for decades and has not been properly assessed.
For many European citizens the most interesting issue right now is who will win the World Cup. Only a small minority will be following the debate about the Presidency of European Commission. But this is important because it goes to the heart of the way the EU takes decisions, the need to respect its rules, and the appropriate relationship between the nations of Europe and the EU institutions.
Asked about referendum at press conference, premier says that he wants to see a ‘united United Kingdom’.
The summit takes place just 6 months after the Prime Minister’s trip to China and with bilateral trade at record levels – up by 8% overall in 2013.
24-year-old is fired for gross misconduct after changing ‘You’ll never walk alone’ to ‘You’ll never walk again’.
Labour leader’s satisfaction rating slips from -25 to -39 and deputy prime minister’s falls 16 points to -37 from May to June.
An independent Scotland has “nil” chance of keeping the UK’s special European Union opt-outs and would face significant problems joining Nato, Sir John Major has said.