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  • Falkirk's Labour Party elects new chairman, following vote-rigging claims

    November 25, 2013 12:08 AM 76

    The Falkirk Labour Party have elected vice chair Gray Allan as their new chairman. Members voted for the trade unionist to take over from Stevie Deans, who resigned amid allegations of vote-rigging in the selection of a parliamentary candidate. Mr Allan, a librarian and Unison official, said he hoped his appointment would start to heal the local party

  • David Cameron 'exactly right' on migration, says Michael Gove

    November 24, 2013 6:26 PM 85

    PM David Cameron has "struck exactly the right note on migration", Education Secretary Michael Gove has said. The Sunday Times reports that Mr Cameron wants to quadruple the period that EU migrants need to have spent in the UK before they qualify for benefits from three months to a year. But a Lib Dem cabinet minister has suggested that this could put the UK on the wrong

  • Middlesbrough man arrested after 'sudden' death of woman

    November 24, 2013 1:14 PM 64

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the "sudden" death of a woman in Middlesbrough on Saturday. A woman in her 70s died at about 16:40 GMT at an address on Fosdyke Green in the town, Cleveland Police said. The death is being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish how the woman died. A man in his 40s from Middlesbrough

  • Proposed date for Scottish independence named

    November 24, 2013 10:49 AM 73

    Scotland could be independent on 24 March, 2016, if voters back leaving the UK in the independence referendum, the Deputy First Minister has announced. The date is included in the Scottish government's White Paper, described as a "blueprint" for independence. Nicola Sturgeon said it was a "landmark document" which has economic growth, jobs and fairness

  • Police commission: Neighbourhood policing under threat

    November 24, 2013 2:16 AM 65

    Neighbourhood policing is under threat in England and Wales as police "retreat to a discredited reactive approach", a report is to say. The Independent Police Commission will say local policing - the "building block of fair and effective policing" - is disappearing and "must be saved". The commission, which will publish its report on Monday, was set up by Labour

  • JAMES FORSYTH: Dave rolls out his secret weapon - bacon butties at Downing Street

    November 23, 2013 9:01 PM 75

    When you think of David Cameron, the Tories want you to think of a man with a plan. When you think of Ed Miliband, they want you to think of a weathervane. Downing Street sources credit this new approach to Lynton Crosby, the tough-talking Australian strategist Cameron lured with a £500,000 deal to run the Tories’ 2015 campaign. He outlined the new message

  • New PSNI film aims to curb ‘one punch’ fatalities

    November 23, 2013 4:00 PM 69

    The PSNI has launched a new film at the Foyle Film Festival aimed at discouraging young men from becoming involved in potentially fatal street fights and bar brawls. Speaking as ‘One Punch Can Kill’ was launched in Londonderry Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said: “The next few months are traditionally a busy time for local nightclubs and restaurants

  • Mother-of-four 'stabbed to death by her husband who then walked into police station to report her killing'

    November 23, 2013 2:29 PM 93

    The body of Aisha Alam, 49, was discovered after a man - understood to be her husband - walked into a police station yesterday to report her killing. The 52-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of her murder by Manchester police. Friends said Mrs Alam, who had three daughters and a son, was a teaching assistant at a school for children with special

  • London 'slaves': How women stayed hidden for 30 years

    November 23, 2013 10:42 AM 68

    22 November 2013 Last updated at 14:01 GMT A couple being questioned on suspicion of keeping three women as slaves for 30 years have been freed on police bail. The government is currently seeking to impose tougher penalties on people found guilty of human exploitation. Criminal psychologist Dr David Holmes told BBC Breakfast how the women will be eased

  • Man Sought After Schoolgirl 'Touched' On Bus

    November 23, 2013 10:36 AM 77

    Police release CCTV images of a man who is accused of touching a girl's knee while sitting next to her on a bus. Police have released CCTV pictures of a man who sat next to a 12-year-old schoolgirl on a bus and allegedly put his hand on her knee. The youngster, who is said to have been left shaken and upset by the incident, got on the bus in St Mary's