News Tom Winsor said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

Tom Winsor had said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

The famel officer was arrested over alleged leaks to the media linked to the row which led former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, pictured, to quit his Cabinet post following claims he called officers “plebs”

Female officer held over Plebgate

A female police officer tasked with protecting Government officials was today arrested over alleged leaks to the press about the so-called “plebgate affair”.

The IPCC is investigating accusations the police orchestrated a major cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster

MPs slam 'woeful' watchdog for failure on police corruption

IPCC unable to root out wrongdoing because of lack of funding and inadequate powers, report reveals

MPs support international students

International students should be removed from the Prime Minister's key immigration target to support economic growth, a group of influential MPs and peers said today.

Sir Jeremy Heywood told David Cameron is was not possible to determine what happened from the CCTV footage

Cabinet Secretary ordered to explain why he failed to uncover 'Plebgate' truth

Sir Jeremy Heywood had been asked by the Prime Minister to investigate  the confrontation fully

Stun guns 20 times more powerful than the Tasers used by police are being illegally shipped into the UK.

'That's lightning - a horrendous tool' - expert verdict on one million volt stun guns being illegally shipped into UK

BBC documentary has found that in the past three years 500 stun guns have been seized by the Metropolitan Police in London

Andrew Mitchell was prevented from riding his bicycle through the gates of Downing Street

Plebgate: David Cameron knew Andrew Mitchell evidence was suspect three months ago

PM refused to press issue with Met police even though it could have saved Chief Whip’s job, as details of secret talks emerge

Charities give Clegg backing in call for overhaul of drug laws

The decriminalisation of some drugs appeared a more realistic prospect tonight after charities backed Nick Clegg’s call for a Royal Commission to review Britain’s 40-year-old laws on illegal substances.

Government will not change drugs policy despite critical report

The Government tonight ruled out any shift in drugs policy despite a damning report by an influential group of MPs which said Britain was failing to tackle drug barons or the multi-billion pound global profits of their illegal trade.

The UKBA chief executive, Rob Wightman, faces questioning about his facts and figures

Immigration chiefs accused of misleading Parliament after 'devastating' report exposes UK Border Agency incompetence and inefficiency

Immigration chiefs were last night accused of misleading Parliament after a “devastating” report exposed a catalogue of incompetence and inefficiency at the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

96 fans lost their lives during the 1989 disaster

Up to 2,444 police officers from 20 different forces to be investigated over their role in the Hillsborough disaster

The number of police officers to be investigated over their role in the Hillsborough disaster and its cover up is set to reach at least 2,444 from 20 different forces.

Backlog of immigration cases is 'out of control' as MP reveals it is the size of Iceland’s population

The number of outstanding asylum and immigration cases rose by 25,000 in three months and is “spiralling out of control”, making the total caseload the equivalent of the population of Iceland, an MP has said.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable

Vince Cable has a senior moment over meetings

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, faced embarrassment yesterday after he told MPs that a new committee set up to promote economic growth had not held any meetings – even though he attended two of them.

MPs criticise Bahrain inaction

The Government was sharply criticised yesterday for refusing to back a boycott of the Bahrain Grand Prix over human rights concerns, despite ministers boycotting the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine.

Jeremy Laurance: What is Asperger’s syndrome, and how has it affected Gary McKinnon's extradition?

Asperger’s Syndrome, sometimes called “mind blindness”, lies at the milder end of the conditions known as autism spectrum disorders.

James Moore: Corporate bunglers could be put off by Buckles' barracking

Outlook If you paid a decorator up front to paint your house before putting it on the market you'd probably be rather cross if, when the time came for the work to be done, you were told that only half the rooms could be completed because he'd not hired enough people for the job.

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