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More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Cabinet at war as ministers fight local hospital closures

Senior cabinet ministers have come out against plans to close hospital wards in their constituencies, in an apparent challenge to Department of Health plans to rationalise the NHS.

'Rehabilitation revolution' for prisoners after short jail terms

Private contractors will provide probation services under payment-by-results contracts

Ken Clarke promoted the idea of a 'rehabilitation revolution'

Kenneth Clarke’s legacy: first fall in prisoner numbers since 1990s

The prison population has fallen by almost 3,000 since the start of last year, reversing a trend dating back to the 1990s, it has been revealed.

British Bill of Rights review deadlock likely to mean little progress on legislation before next general election

An attempt by David Cameron to pave the way for a British Bill of Rights suffered a setback today when a commission set up by the Government failed to agree amongst themselves.

Woolf warns Government over judicial review

Government plans to curb the right to judicial review risk endangering a vital legal safeguard, a former lord chief justice warned today.

UK would breach human rights commitments by ignoring Strasbourg on prisoners voting

Council of Europe ministers has warned the UK that defying a Strasbourg judgement to give some prisoners voting rights would breach its human rights commitments and its international legal obligation.

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson Inquiry will be shelved or re-assigned if Sir Brian Leveson is appointed Lord Chief Justice

Lord Justice Leveson is already being described as 'a strong candidate' for the role by some leading judges and barristers.

Britain to defy prisoner voting ruling

The rift between Britain and European judges over prisoner voting widened today after the Coalition Government – backed by Labour – insisted it had the authority to maintain the current ban on inmates taking part in elections.

Justice Secretary: Lack of focus on education and improving skills in young offenders' institutions is a 'travesty'

The regimes in young offenders’ institutions are to be overhauled in an attempt to prevent teenagers drifting into a life of crime as adults after they are freed.

Parliament to consider giving prisoners votes as European ruling deadline looms

Parliament will be given another say on whether to give prisoners the vote as the deadline for Britain to comply with a European ruling on the controversial issue looms, according to reports.

Jimmy Savile: Asked by the Radio 1 controller about the rumours, he is said to have replied: “That’s all nonsense.”

Police 'did not link' Jimmy Savile claims

Abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile while he was alive could have been linked to show “a pattern of behaviour”, Scotland Yard's commissioner said today.

Jimmy Savile: Asked by the Radio 1 controller about the rumours, he is said to have replied: “That’s all nonsense.”

Police to hunt for Savile evidence at Broadmoor

Scotland Yard detectives investigating the growing list of child abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile will visit Broadmoor psychiatric hospital in Berkshire today in an attempt to gather new evidence about claims that he sexually assaulted patients at the high-security facility.

The burglar is unarmed but you have a knife. What do you do?

Chris Grayling is changing the law on self-defence at home – and the consequences could be profound. By Cahal Milmo

If the bald look is a boon in business, why doesn’t it work in politics?

The bald head apparently now represents potency and decisiveness, but shiny-headed men are still on the sidelines

Andrew Mitchell will have 'a difficult time' as Government Chief Whip, says Conservative MP David Davis

Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell will have a "difficult time" in his new role, Tory MP David Davis has warned.

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