Life and Style GPs are concerned that the NHS data scheme will undermine the 'total confidentiality' of medical consultations

Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

Child database scrapped

A £224 million government database holding the records of all 11 million children in England was scrapped today.

£4m stolen mobile loophole closed

Crime gangs rake in up to £4 million a year by flogging "recycled" stolen mobile phones overseas.

Under the Microscope: How does familial DNA searching help solve crimes?

Answered by: Dr Colin Dark, Major Crime Consultant, Forensic Science Services

Asked by Kate Jenkins, Edinburgh

Incredible tale of one mother and daughter who never gave up

The last time Ibola Samedi had hugged her 12-year-old daughter Lovely was after school on Tuesday, 12 January. A few minutes later, the earth began to shake. In seconds, Ms Samedi saw her house, in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince, collapse.

Plans to scrap 'out-of-date' Census

The official population count, or Census, looks set to be scrapped after more than 200 years, it emerged today.

US investigators to gain access to Britons' bank accounts

The personal bank accounts of British citizens will be made available to American investigators working on counter-terrorism cases when MEPs approve a request made by President Obama today.

May orders tighter regulation of CCTV network

The national police camera network which records motorists' movements is to come under tighter regulation, the Home Office said today.

Most Islamist terrorists in UK are born here

The majority of Islamist terrorists in the UK are British-born, under the age of 30, educated and likely to be employed, according to a statistical analysis of all terror plots uncovered over the past ten years.

Government spends £18,000 topping up wine cellar

Almost £18,000 has been spent topping up the Government wine cellar since the General Election, it has emerged - leading to calls today that the entire collection should be sold off to raise money.

Authors welcome halting of paedophile database

Philip Pullman, the children's author, has accused the Labour government of using the murders of two Soham schoolgirls in 2002 as a "scare story" to persuade the public that it was necessary to create a database of adults who work with minors.

Leading article: Database of distrust

The vetting and barring scheme represented the worst instincts of Labour in office: the assumption of guilt, the love of bureaucracy, the obsession with databases, the reflexive statism. The previous government did scale back the scheme last year. But the new Home Secretary, Theresa May, is right to go a step further and call a halt altogether.

Watchdog 'concerned' at late reporting of donations

All three of the major political parties reported donations or loans late in the months before the General Election, it was revealed today.

Blueprint for a new politics, or much ado about not very much?

Nick Clegg's 'great reform' speech made some bold promises. Andy McSmith analyses what they will mean in reality

Leading article: Some long-awaited cheer for liberal hearts

In politics, context is all important. At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton in 2006 Nick Clegg, then the party's home affairs spokesman, made a speech in which he promised a "great repeal act" to sweep away all of Labour's illiberal legislation. Though the address went down well in the conference hall, it made little wider impact. Yesterday, Mr Clegg made a remarkably similar speech to an audience in London and successfully grabbed the national spotlight. The difference, of course, is that this time Mr Clegg is in a position to deliver on his promises.

Steve Richards: This is a sincere and coherent vision for rolling back the state. But will it work?

Unity at the very top of the new coalition is secure and genuine whatever happens further below. Nick Clegg's speech today on political reform, and David Cameron's yesterday on his plans for a "big society", are framed by a common view of the state. In his speech today Clegg promises a transformation so that "the state has less control over you and you have far more control over the state". Yesterday Cameron argued that the state is "too often inhuman, monolithic and clumsy to tackle our deepest social problems".

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