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  • Britain urges EU to change free migration rules

    December 5, 2013 6:00 AM 8

    Britain wants to change the rules governing the free movement of people across the EU, Home Secretary Theresa May will tell European ministers. Mrs May will speak in Brussels, ahead of the lifting of movement controls on Bulgarians and Romanians. She says free access to Labour markets must not be allowed to lead to "mass migration". However, some other

  • Theresa May to 'address gaps' in anti-extremism powers

    December 5, 2013 3:09 AM 11

    Home Secretary Theresa May has promised to "address the gaps" in the government's response to extremism. Among a series of measures, she said Muslim chaplains would be trained to challenge extremist Islamic views on university campuses. Mrs May also said the government was looking at new orders to ban radical groups and would work with internet providers

  • Energy bills dominate deputy PMQs

    December 5, 2013 1:30 AM 7

    Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman have clashed over energy bills and housing benefit changes, during deputy prime minister's questions on 4 December 2013. The deputy PM and Lib Dem leader was standing in for David Cameron who is in China on an official visit. Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman took Ed Miliband's place. Ms Harman led her questioning by asking

  • How UK visas for Ukrainian migrants are rubber-stamped in just ten minutes despite country being rated 'high-risk' for fraudulent applications

    December 5, 2013 12:21 AM 6

    Tens of thousands of Ukrainian nationals are having their British visas rubber-stamped in just ten minutes, an official report reveals today. Despite the country being rated as ‘high-risk’ from fraudulent applications, visitor visas were being waved through without proper checks, inspectors found. John Vine, the chief inspector of Borders and Immigration

  • Isle of Man police charge man with Castletown murder

    December 4, 2013 8:14 PM 8

    A 45-year-old man has been charged with murdering a man who was found dead on the Isle of Man on Sunday. Neil Roberts, 60, from Ballabeg, was found dead at a house on Queen Street, Castletown, just after 01:00 GMT. The Isle of Man Constabulary said the accused, who is also from Castletown, is due in court in Douglas on Thursday. Police are still holding

  • 'Plebgate' PC Toby Rowland to sue ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell

    December 4, 2013 6:37 PM 8

    Toby Rowland, the police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row, is to sue the Tory MP and former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell for libel. PC Rowland was on duty at Downing Street when Mr Mitchell was prevented from bicycling through the main gate. Mr Mitchell has admitted swearing, but recently accused any officer who maintained he had used the word "pleb"

  • Scottish independence: Labour councillor defects to SNP

    December 4, 2013 5:10 PM 9

    A Labour councillor has defected to the SNP and pledged to campaign for independence. Alex Lunn, who represents the Craigentinny & Duddingston ward in Edinburgh, said a yes vote could lead to a "truly progressive" society. The Labour leader of Edinburgh City Council said he was "bitterly disappointed" by the defection. Mr Lunn will remain on the council

  • Hainford Hall car scrap yard on fire

    December 4, 2013 4:20 PM 8

    Continue reading the main story A fire has broken out at a car scrap yard in Norfolk, sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from several miles away. More than 40 firefighters are tackling the blaze at Hainford Hall, which is believed to involve a "number of vehicles". A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said crews were called

  • Lee Rigby trial: 'No joy in killing', Adebolajo says

    December 4, 2013 1:47 PM 11

    One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby told police it gave him "little joy to approach anybody and slay them", the Old Bailey has heard. The jury heard Michael Adebolajo make the statement in a video of a police interview played to the court. Fusilier Rigby was killed as he walked back to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May. Both men also deny attempting

  • BBC must tackle diversity 'problem' says news director

    December 4, 2013 1:45 PM 20

    James Harding, the BBC's news director, has said its output should "look and sound more like its audiences". "We are going to have to be very determined to address diversity on air and, equally, off it," he told staff at New Broadcasting House in London. The former Times editor also announced the creation of a new News Editor post to "drive the daily