Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help
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Saturday 15 August 2009
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Helping distressed Brits abroad is part of the job description for consular officials but their willingness to oblige has it limits.
Sunday 12 July 2009
You report that there were 770 calls to the Forced Marriage Unit in the first six months of this year, a 16 per cent increase on last year ("I can't forgive or forget what they did to me", 5 July).
Sunday 05 July 2009
Saturday 04 July 2009
The political row that has broken out about homophobia seems a distasteful distraction. There seems something artificial, even underhand, about the way in which two Labour ministers, both gay, have claimed that homophobia survives on the opposition benches. The charges smack of party political point-scoring, on territory – equal rights and non-discrimination – that should by now be above such wrangling.
Thursday 02 July 2009
Schools were today urged to be vigilant about potential cases of forced marriage as the summer holidays approach.
Friday 12 June 2009
Outgoing deputy Leader of the House Chris Bryant has taken the next step on his journey to Home Secretary via the Foreign Office. There he'll be taking western values to the gangsters, murderers, street swine, smugglers and putsch-makers of Latin America. It's a promotion. Yes, and valuable experience for getting through to the next level towards the Cabinet.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
Saturday 16 May 2009
Thursday 25 September 2008
Moves to end the 300-year-long ban on Roman Catholics taking the throne and on eldest daughters succeeding as monarch are being seriously considered by Downing Street, it was reported today.
Thursday 10 July 2008
Harriet Harman was standing in for the Prime Minister. He was at the G8, pledging to reduce carbon emissions to zero by the year 3000, along with one-to-one obesity counselling for every African child. Noble aspirations indeed. Well and good. Harriet, however, was left with the heavy lifting in Parliament.
Thursday 12 June 2008
After the debate on university top-up fees some years ago, I wondered why one of Labour's well-known lefties had voted for the left's most hated measure of the day.
Tuesday 20 May 2008
Pens faltered, brows furrowed, note-taking stopped. One by one you could see MPs and gallery journalists realising that the most fundamental fact about the debate is they didn't actually know what a stem cell is. That's quite a disadvantage when it comes to the big ethical question of human/animal hybrids for research purposes.
Monday 19 May 2008
A cross-party attempt to ban the use of hybrid human-animal embryos for scientific research was rejected by the Commons tonight. MPs voted 336 to 176 (a majority of 160) against the move led by Tory former minister Edward Leigh.
Thursday 07 February 2008
Good grief, the Prime Minister's bad at arguing. He just asserts things. And any old thing that comes to mind. I'm going to invite him home and let him win an argument with my... I'm not sure exactly... if I turn my food processor on to medium, he'd beat that, you'd think? He'd keep up, at least?
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