Brian Brady

Brian Brady is Whitehall Editor for The Independent on Sunday.

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Call to ban Taser use on children

Campaigners have called for a ban on English police firing Tasers at children, after it emerged the stun-guns have been used against under-18s more than 140 times a year.

Treasury minister David Gauke has already paid up

Watchdog tells MPs to repay home 'profits'

But some may launch legal fight against the demand for a share of capital gain on property

New generation: ANP recruits stand with Kalashnikovs at the Kabul Police Academy last month

Taliban preys on Afghanistan's corrupt police force

As troops leave, secret papers reveal extent of bribery among Afghan officers

Alan Titchmarsh is 'a complete muppet,' says Cabinet minister

Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh was yesterday branded "a complete muppet" by a Cabinet minister, for criticising the Government's policies on the countryside.

Drops in production and higher spending on offshore fields are blamed for falling projected tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas

Fall in North Sea revenue is £8bn blow for SNP

Independence plans for Scotland rely heavily on gas and oil revenue

Hughes allegedly lobbied on behalf of Southwark Metals, which gave £10,000 to the local party in May

Lib Dem deputy investigated over lobbying

Simon Hughes is accused of failing to declare donations to local party

PM rejects a two-tier EU

David Cameron will renew hostilities with his European partners this week as he attempts to head off moves that critics fear could relegate the UK into the "second-tier" of EU member states.

Onwards: UKIP are hoping to take off

The rise and rise of Ukip – the new party of the protest voter

Once dismissed by the Prime Minister as 'loonies', Nigel Farage's party benefited from anger at the coalition to exceed all expectations in last week's by-elections. Are they really about join the mainstream?

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson insists there will still be press briefings

New restrictions on briefing journalists are 'unreasonable', claim police chiefs

Police chiefs are threatening to open up a new front in the row over the Leveson report, by raising objections to proposals that would clamp down on their relations with journalists.

Clegg in £12m charity row

Nick Clegg intervened to help a charity linked to his wife, Miriam, obtain £12m of taxpayers' money, it was claimed last night.

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