A poll of more than 2,000 people found that 61 per cent believe the voting system should be reformed so that smaller parties are better represented in parliament

General Election 2015: Sixty per cent of people want voting reform, says survey

Exclusive: Fears of post-election crisis of legitimacy fuel surge in support for proportional representation

Officers from West Midlands police force patrol the streets of Birmingham during a security threat on December 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Officers of West Midlands Police continued their patrols as an alleged threat to kidnap and kill an officer was reported anonymously. The overall threat level to police across Britain was raised to substantial in October

Police patrols disappearing as number of officers cut by a quarter in last five years, new figures say

The cuts are the equivalent of getting rid of every single police community support officer in 15 of the 39 police forces across England

Charities estimate that failure to intervene early in social problems is costing £17bn a year

Early interventions to stop young people going off the rails could save £1.7bn a year, say leading charities

A coalition of more than 50 leading charities estimate that failure to intervene early in social problems is costing £17bn a year

Scientists say that the innate ability of the human brain to perceive non-random patterns in the natural world appears to go awry in gamblers

Gamblers read too much into random events which leads them to make impulsive bets they are likely to lose, says study

Seeing patterns in things when they are not actually there becomes a toxic cocktail when combined with impulsive behaviour

Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle performing in London last month. The pair hope their Opry performance will boost album sales in the US

The Shires to top the bill at the home of country music - The Grand Ole Opry House

The audience in Nashville can be unforgiving though – Elvis Presley was told not to give up his day job when he performed in 1954

Yorkshire Police hunt for man who left severed ear behind after fight

Two men, aged 37 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding

Holyport College intends to provide boarding for half of its planned 500 pupils

Eton-linked free school opened by the Queen embroiled in racial bullying row

Exclusive: Parents of Muslim pupil claim he was called a ‘terrorist’ and physically bullied

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their baby daughter on the steps to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital

Royal baby girl: Why Charlotte Elizabeth Diana should thank heavens she wasn't born to Henry VIII

Only after a ruling in 2011 was the eldest child of the monarch ruled to take precedence in the succession regardless of their sex

Buying a first home in London means earning almost double the amount needed in other UK cities

First-time buyers in London 'need to earn at least £77,000'

A new report has revealed exactly how much hopeful buyers need to earn to get their first home

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their baby daughter on the steps to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital

HRH Princess of Cambridge: Royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's official title revealed

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter two days after she was born

A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her sister for cremation.

Ebola survivors urged not to have unprotected sex indefinitely

A case of sexual transmission of Ebola in Sierra Leone suggests that the disease may survive in semen for almost twice as long as previously thought

Number of homes becoming warmer and cheaper to heat drops by more than two-thirds, official figures say

The annual number of households benefiting from cavity wall insulation and loft insulation dropped by 67 per cent during the last Parliament

A baby girl born on an Italian military ship in the Mediterranean after her mother was rescued from a boat

Royal baby: The newborn migrant we should have been talking about this weekend

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Tax discs RIP - the tax disc was scrapped in favour of a new system of tax that could not be transferred between car owners in October

Government making millions from 'double taxation', says AA

October's changes to the vehicle tax system means that Britain's motorists are spending millions paying tax twice on the same car, says the AA.

The two thieves were given 16 weeks in jail for their crimes

West Midlands Police release video showing pickpockets target five people in ten minutes - video

The video is the latest in a series of clips released as part of West Midlands Police's #SpotThePickpocket campaign

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