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Forensic science strategy vague and incoherent, MPs say

Forensic science strategy vague and incoherent, MPs say

Image copyright Thinkstock The government plan for the future of forensic science in England and Wales is vague and incoherent, MPs have said. The Forensic Science Strategy, which aims to set up a new system to oversee how the criminal justice system deals with samples from crime scenes, victims and suspects, was published in March […]

Texting drivers: Penalty points and fines to double

Texting drivers: Penalty points and fines to double

Image copyright Thinkstock Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling, the government says. Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine. Newly qualified drivers could be made to retake […]

Food ‘traffic light’ labelling should be mandatory, councils say

Food ‘traffic light’ labelling should be mandatory, councils say

Image copyright PA Food manufacturers should be forced to put “traffic light” nutrition labels on the front of packs, councils have said. The voluntary scheme, introduced by the Department of Health in 2013, sees foods highlighted as red, amber or green according to how much salt, sugar and fat they contain. But the labels do […]

Northern Powerhouse: George Osborne to chair new think tank

Northern Powerhouse: George Osborne to chair new think tank

Image copyright Reuters Former Chancellor George Osborne is to chair a new think tank aimed at taking forward his “Northern Powerhouse” plan. As chancellor, Mr Osborne championed the idea of creating an economy in the north of England to rival those of London and the South East. But there have been concerns that the project […]

New UKIP leader to succeed Nigel Farage to be revealed

New UKIP leader to succeed Nigel Farage to be revealed

Image copyright BBC/Getty Image caption The contenders: Elizabeth Jones, Lisa Duffy, Philip Broughton, Diane James and Bill Etheridge The new UKIP leader will be announced later at the party’s annual conference in Bournemouth. Five contenders stood for election after Nigel Farage resigned in July, saying the UK’s Brexit vote meant his political ambition had been […]

Too many peers ‘undermines role of Lords’ says new Speaker

Media captionLord Fowler: “By the next election we should be at a number that is just less than the House of Commons” Ongoing rows about the size of the House of Lords are undermining the role of the chamber as a “defender of the public interest”, according to its newly elected Speaker. Lord Fowler, who […]

British troops condemned over Iraqi boy’s death in 2003

British troops condemned over Iraqi boy’s death in 2003

Image copyright Other Image caption Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali died in 2003 in a Basra canal Four UK soldiers who “forced” an Iraqi boy into a canal and let him drown have been condemned by a judge investigating civilian deaths in the Iraq War. Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, who was 15, died in Basra in […]

Brexit: No substantive talks for 12 months, Herman Van Rompuy predicts

Brexit: No substantive talks for 12 months, Herman Van Rompuy predicts

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Herman Van Rompuy said Brexit had been a “political amputation of the first degree” Substantive Brexit talks between the UK and the rest of the EU are unlikely to start much before the end of 2017, a former European Council president says. Speaking to the BBC, Herman Van Rompuy […]

Labour MPs ‘abuse list’ prompts row

Labour MPs ‘abuse list’ prompts row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Corbyn defended the list of MPs during a debate A new row has broken out in the Labour Party over a list of MPs accused of “abuse” towards Jeremy Corbyn and his allies. Two MPs have made formal complaints after they were named on the list, which was […]

Care for elderly ‘increasingly rationed’ in England

Care for elderly ‘increasingly rationed’ in England

Media captionFive things you should know about the cost of care. Government-funded care for older people is being increasingly rationed in England, leaving growing numbers to fend for themselves, a review suggests. The number of over-65s being helped by councils had fallen by a quarter in the four years to 2014, the joint King’s Fund […]