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  • Cameron's Commons drugs 'banter' angers MP Meacher

    November 20, 2013 9:45 PM 83

    David Cameron has clashed with a Labour MP after joking that he must have been taking "mind-altering substances". Michael Meacher complained to the Commons Speaker about the prime minister's "unparliamentary" language. Mr Cameron said the remark had just been meant as "Commons banter" but agreed to withdraw it. Throughout the session, the PM sought to link Labour

  • David Cameron's Twitter account followed 'high-class escorts'

    November 20, 2013 9:39 PM 79

    Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to accidentally follow a high-class escort agency on Twitter. Number 10 told the BBC the account had been followed due to an automated system they had in place in 2009. It said it was in the process of unfollowing "inappropriate" accounts. Carltons of London's website said it offered the "finest London escorts to gentlemen

  • Leaders: Welcome move to outlaw blacklisting

    November 20, 2013 8:19 PM 81

    THE word “blacklist” has a nasty ring to it – and rightly so. The term originated with a list made by a vengeful Charles II of the 58 men who condemned his father to death in 1649. When Charles was restored to the throne in 1660, he had 13 of the regicides executed and another 25 jailed for life. At least Charles’s action was out in the open. These days, industrial

  • British Council says Spanish is the most important language to learn

    November 20, 2013 7:06 PM 80

    The British Council released a report today entitled “Languages of the Future,” ranking non-English languages in order of importance for Brits to learn for economic and cultural reasons. According to The Independent, the report determined that learning Spanish should be aspiring British polyglots’ first priority, followed by Arabic and French. The study

  • Operation Yewtree: Pensioner charged with hospital rape

    November 20, 2013 5:38 PM 78

    A 78-year-old man has been charged with rape and four counts of indecent assault relating to incidents at hospitals in Berkshire, including Stoke Mandeville, in the 1970s and 1980s. Michael Salmon, from Wood Green in Hampshire, was arrested on Wednesday and charged by Thames Valley Police. He was held under Operation Yewtree - set up in the wake of the Jimmy

  • Boy faces retrial over 'bomb plot'

    November 20, 2013 3:38 PM 81

    A teenage boy accused of planning a "Columbine-type" attack on his former school in Loughborough faces a retrial. A jury at the Old Bailey in London was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two charges under the Terrorism Act. The 17-year-old said the alleged attack plans, written in a notebook, were a fantasy to help him cope with bullying

  • Boy, 16, charged with attempted murder after Luton burglary stabbing

    November 20, 2013 10:28 AM 77

    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed by masked intruders at his home in Luton. Three people broke into Tony Abrahams's house in Wellfield Avenue at about 03:25 GMT on Saturday, Bedfordshire Police said. The teenager, who was arrested in London on Tuesday, has also been charged with aggravated burglary. Mr Abrahams

  • Lorry topples over on car on M40 in Midlands

    November 20, 2013 9:50 AM 100

    The scene on the M40 today caused chaos for rush hour drivers after the route was partly shut off to drivers. The lorry overturned, trapping the car beneath it, after crashing through the central reservation. Following the smash, the M40 southbound carriageway was shut between junction 16 for Henley and junction 15 for Warwick from about 7.45am. The lorry

  • PICTURES: Thousands line streets to see flaming tar barrels

    November 6, 2013 5:37 AM 85

    While the eyes of communities around the Westcountry were fixed firmly Heavenward for Bonfire Night fireworks, at one Devon town it was flaming displays on a more earthly level which captured the imagination. The annual Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel festival lit up the streets of the Devon town as the tradition dating back to the 17th century got under way. Around

  • Match of the Day

    October 5, 2013 9:36 PM 88

    Gary Lineker introduces highlights of the day's eight Premier League fixtures, including two mouth-watering derby clashes. Last season's title contenders Liverpool clash with Everton for the first Merseyside bragging rights of the season in the early kick-off. The Reds were three goals to the good within 35 minutes of last year's game at Anfield and ended