Lightning over central London as major storms kept the city awake overnight

UK weather: 3,000 lightning strikes illuminate skyline before 'hottest day of the year'

Thunderstorms, torrential rain and strong winds are being expected on a day where temperatures 'will top 30C'

The Transport Select Committee demanded a five-fold increase in cycling infrastructure spending to cut casualties

Transport Committee urges Government to make it easier for councils to bring in lower speed limits to make roads safer - and boost cycling spending

The report urges the Government to reach a cycling budget of £10 per head of population by 2020

BBC executive admits that consequences of latest budget and staff cuts 'will be felt by audiences'

The £48 million savings programme at BBC News will see 415 full-time posts cut

Outdoor workers are being encouraged to add sun cream to their kit, with many companies offering to foot the bill

Summer heatwave: Unions call for employers to relax dress code rules during hot weather

Many companies are offering to foot the bill as outdoor workers are encouraged use sun cream

Lady Justice Hallett said she had found “serious systemic failures”

Inquiry blames ‘systemic failures’ after IRA suspects were wrongly told they were not wanted by police

A judge-led inquiry ordered after an IRA bomb suspect was wrongly given government assurance he was not wanted by UK police, has identified two other cases where similar errors were apparently made.

Lord Joffe, a crossbench peer, has made four attempts to change the law

Exclusive: Human rights lawyer Lord Joffe likens the battle for an assisted dying law to the abolition of slavery

The 82-year-old South African said passage of the Bill is inevitable

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, whose husband died from prostate cancer at 62 in 2010,

Right to die: Labour leader in the House of Lords reveals that she 'would have considered a mercy killing' of her husband Stuart Hercock

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon will make an impassioned plea to change the law to allow assisted dying

63 per cent of BBC1’s peak time schedule was taken up by just ten shows, none of which was less than five years old. The shows included The One Show, EastEnders, Holby City and The Voice

BBC under fire after sharp decline in audience reach of young and ethnic minority viewers

The BBC Director General Tony Hall has promised action to improve the BBC’s staff diversity

Landau Forte College academy, where John Holmes was teaching a geography lesson in the summer term of 2012 when he 'jokingly' threatened to kill a pupil with a knife during a 'light-hearted quiz at the end of a lesson'

Derby teacher banned from classroom after pulling knife and ‘jokingly’ threatening to kill pupil for getting answer wrong

John Holmes prohibited from teaching in UK for two years following knife incident

On Saturday Nick Hancock's time on the islet will finally come to an end when he is collected by a Kilda Cruises boat and taken back to the Isle of Harris

Man breaks record for staying on remote islet of Rockall to raise money for Help for Heroes

Mr Hancock has been living in watertight 8ft yellow tank for 43 days

Labour MP Helen Goodman has come under fire for her tweet

Labour MP Helen Goodman slated for 'sexist' jibe at female Cabinet appointees

The MP for Bishop Auckland said the women 'have nothing interesting about them'

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The sun has got its hat on

UK weather: Hottest day arrives and the experts have some 'advice'

Temperatures are set to soar as high as 32C in the south east, hotter than Barbados

Katrina Carvajal-Zurita, 8, has been missing for two days

Missing London girl, 8, 'taken by father to be brought back to Bolivia'

Police say Katrina Carvajal-Zurita was taken by her father without her mother's consent

Andrew Mitchell has been revealed to have invested in a film company that HMRC has branded a tax avoidance scheme

‘Plebgate’ minister Andrew Mitchell invested in firm branded tax avoidance scheme by HMRC

Former chief whip and other notable investors now liable to receive notices ordering they pay back tax relief

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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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