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Big Society charity winds up after claims it misused up to £2.5m in funding

Lottery and public-sector grants were awarded despite lack of track record

David Cameron on the campaign trail with Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings ahead of the Eastleigh by-election earlier this year. Hutchings came third in the vote

Conservatives are selecting fewer women in winnable seats than in 2010

The Conservatives are selecting fewer female candidates in winnable seats than the party did at the election in 2010, undermining attempts by David Cameron to solve the Tories’ “women problem”.

Bullying partners could face jail for 'controlling behaviour', says Theresa May

New laws proposed would see emotionally abusive behaviour and attempts to limit people’s freedom prosecuted

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Exclusive: Lottery ‘gambled’ £1m on David Cameron’s Big Society project

Scheme designed to boost volunteering was considered ‘risk’ – and failed to deliver

The files contained 81 anonymised summaries of complaints, 58 were healthcare related

Revealed: The most devastating failures by public services

A woman whose husband died hours after one of England’s biggest NHS hospitals missed several chances to diagnose his fatal condition was given just £2,000 in compensation, according to files published today, that highlight “devastating” failures by public services.

Will Ed Miliband promise to freeze rail fares?

Rail fare rises are a legacy of decades of underinvestment

Barely had the rail fare increase for England and Wales next year been revealed, than a pro-public transport pressure group rushed out a news release condemning the rises.

The highly controversial video to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” features multiple nude female models

Cameron plans age-rating system for graphic online music videos

Online music videos that show “graphic content” will be forced to carry a cinema-style age rating under Government plans announced by David Cameron.

The rise is set to take the overall increase in fares to around 24.7 per cent since 2010

Misery for commuters as rail fares will rise by 5%

Rail fares in Britain will rise by as much as five per cent next year – or even higher on some routes, the Government will formally announce today.

Only 150,000 migrants are registered in classes where English is taught to people for whom it is not their first language

Cutbacks mean migrants are unable to find English classes

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are unable to get professional help learning English because of government cuts, according to a study of census data and course registrations.

Ranbir Singh Suri, a major Conservative Party donor who was elevated to the House of Lords by David Cameron

Iraq crisis: David Cameron will not put 'boots on ground' – but Britain's involvement expected to last for months

Prime Minister has warned 'monstrous' Isis militants pose direct threat to streets of Britain

Austin Mitchell, pictured here in 2010, is one of the longest-serving MPs in the Commons

Labour MP Austin Mitchell: 'Women are weakening Parliament'

'More attractive body of candidates' will apparently be too gentle, apart from that 'obsessive feminism'

A few hospitals are still denying their problems and proving resistant to efforts to help them improve

Warning for hospitals on NHS sick list as chief inspector says struggling facilities are ‘in denial’ over poor care

Exclusive: Some failing NHS Trusts won’t admit to problems, says chief inspector

Cameron believes parents and children are too often overlooked and sometimes left worse off by government reforms, according to a recent speech

All government policies must pass ‘family test’ before becoming law

Now departments must ask whether proposed reforms or changes to the law support family life

Bercow hopes Mills will help modernise how the House of Commons is run

Email savages John Bercow’s candidate for Clerk of Commons

Speaker has decided to push for the appointment of Australian to become most powerful unelected official

Dolly the first genetically copied sheep meets the press

Independence 'would damage Scotland’s edge in biomedicine'

Scotland’s reputation for scientific excellence in biomedical sciences, epitomised by the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, will be significantly damaged if it votes Yes in the independence referendum on 18 September, a government minister will say on Monday.

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