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  • Backbenchers attack Tory leadership on EU, immigration and recovery

    January 12, 2014 1:18 PM 28

    The Conservatives are facing a meltdown and risk losing up to 50 seats because of their failure to get a grip on immigration, a leading Tory has argued. Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, warned that the party was on track to lose 50 seats at the general election, which would almost certainly put Ed Miliband in Downing Street. In private

  • Police Search For Girls

    January 12, 2014 6:01 AM 31

    Police say the girls' disappearance is "completely out of character" and both their families are "extremely concerned". Police are searching for two 12-year-old girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop, Scotland Yard has said. Friends Wiktoria Popiel, from Wood Green, and Vitalija Sidlauskaite, from Tottenham, north London, were last seen together

  • Police Search For Two Missing 12-Year-Olds

    January 12, 2014 4:49 AM 35

    Police say the girls' disappearance is "completely out of character" and both their families are "extremely concerned". Police are searching for two 12-year-old girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop, Scotland Yard has said. Friends Wiktoria Popiel, from Wood Green, and Vitalija Sidlauskaite, from Tottenham, north London, were last seen together

  • EU horse trading dominates newspaper front pages

    January 12, 2014 4:15 AM 38

    The Sunday broadsheets all lead with matters EU. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith tells the Sunday Times "migrants should be banned from claiming welfare payments for up to two years". He says he is "building an alliance of countries... to attack 'benefits tourism'". As if responding to Iain Duncan Smith, the Observer says Brussels has "stepped

  • Scottish independence: Alistair Darling answers your questions

    January 12, 2014 3:09 AM 38

    11 January 2014 Last updated at 14:07 GMT In the latest of a series of BBC Scotland independence referendum webcasts, the leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, answered your questions. The BBC's Bill Whiteford put a variety of issues to the politician, who is Labour MP for Edinburgh South West and a former UK chancellor. Topics covered

  • More rain on the way: As parts of the country remain underwater forecasters warn of 48 hours of downpours starting on Wednesday

    January 12, 2014 2:09 AM 40

    More floods are predicted next week as forecasters warn that 48 hours of rain will fall across the country, starting on Wednesday. The first band of rain is due to arrive in western parts of the UK just after midday tomorrow, bringing more wet weather to Wales, which has been badly affected by storms and flooding already. It will then move eastwards

  • Scottish independence: Query over tuition fees legality

    January 12, 2014 12:03 AM 31

    Charging tuition fees to students from the rest of the UK in an independent Scotland could break European law, according to pro-union academics. EU law prevents undergraduates from European countries outside the UK being charged fees by Scottish universities. Academics Together - part of the Better Together campaign - said in the event of independence

  • Call for ICC probe into British 'war crimes' in Iraq

    January 11, 2014 10:14 PM 36

    Two NGOs say they have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of abuse of prisoners in Iraq from 2003 to 2008. They say hundreds of former prisoners have complained. A German human rights group and a British law firm say they have asked the prosecutor's office at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to look into allegations

  • UK weather: Communities braced for more floods as body found in hunt for missing teen Harry Martin

    January 11, 2014 7:46 PM 31

    The flood warnings come as a body, yet to be identified, was found in the search for missing university student Harry Martin. There are currently 94 flood warnings in place across England and Wales, with most of those in the south-east and south-west of England. People living along the lower reaches of the Thames should be prepared for the risk of flooding

  • Sinn Féin to review Haass proposals

    January 11, 2014 2:54 PM 23

    Northern Ireland's past, flags and parading Sinn Féin's national executive committee is due to meet on Saturday to review the outcome of the Haaass talks on parades flags, and the past. The negotiations, chaired by former US diplomat Richard Haass, ended on New Year's Eve without agreement. Earlier this week, Dr Haass said the two unionist parties and Alliance