More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.
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Friday 27 August 2010
When it comes to keeping your family close, Ian Liddell-Grainger, a blue-blooded distant relative of the Queen, could teach other MPs a trick or two.
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Like Mary Ann Sieghart (Opinion, 9 August) I find it inconvenient to arrange travel for partying or visiting a remote pub. I have nostalgic memories from the pre-breathalyser days of determining that the driver for the homeward journey was whoever was least drunk.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Ministers are to ban Jobcentres from advertising for strippers, lap dancers and topless barmaids. The Employment minister, Chris Grayling, will tomorrow order government-run agencies not to offer jobs in the adult entertainment industry, after campaigners claimed that such ads validate the idea that "sexually exploitative work is an acceptable career".
Wednesday 28 July 2010
A controversial new system for assessing whether the sick and disabled are capable of working has seen more than three-quarters of benefit claimants either told to get a job or abandoning their claim.
Saturday 17 July 2010
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The part-time workforce reached record levels in the three months to May as people struggled to find permanent jobs in the recession, official figures showed today.
Thursday 24 June 2010
There's already been one positive outcome of the Budget, which is the pleasure of watching Liberal Democrats squirm as they try to justify the stuff that a few weeks ago they screamed would be a disaster. Tomorrow Clegg will mutter, "Look, when we said the Tories were planning a VAT bombshell, the point we were making was this country needed a VAT bombshell and only the Tories were planning it, but they were too modest in hiding their marvellous bombshell plans, so we were trying to help them. You see."
Thursday 17 June 2010
As the Gay Liberation Front celebrates being a (relatively young) 40 years old, it’s easy to forget how far we've come in such a short space of time. All of the original demands they made have been achieved in some way or another. We have legal protection, civil partnerships (if not marriage) and we have a host of LGBT role models in public life from rugby players to captains of industry. I’m sure the few hundred brave GLF [Gay Liberation Front] members never imagined they’d see much of this in their lifetime.
Wednesday 16 June 2010
The scale of the jobs crisis facing the Government was underlined today when unemployment neared 2.5 million and the number of economically inactive people reached a record high of more than eight million.
Tuesday 15 June 2010
David Cameron is hosting a party at No 10 this week to celebrate Gay Pride season, as Gordon Brown did before him. And in one way this says something positive. The Conservatives, despite all Mr Cameron's efforts to bring the party into the modern world on social attitudes, still have some catching up to do. The withdrawal of the party from the centre-right bloc in the European Parliament aligned it with a coalition of right-wing parties, some of which are openly homophobic groupings. Chris Grayling's comments during the election campaign about gay couples and bed and breakfasts hardly confirmed that the party had changed. And in coalition, Mr Cameron appears to have rejected many of the progressive measures for gay equality put forward by the Liberal Democrats.
Tuesday 15 June 2010
The coalition Government is due to formally commit to its gay rights agenda tomorrow with the Conservatives' first ever Downing Street party for Britain's gay community.
Monday 14 June 2010
A former Cabinet Minister spoke today of his ambition to stop health and safety legislation being seen as a "music hall joke".
Monday 14 June 2010
David Cameron has ordered a review of health and safety laws to tackle the "compensation culture" that has mushroomed in Britain in the past 10 years.
Sunday 13 June 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more