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Sir Michael Parkinson attacks 'youth obsession' and 'distortion standards' of modern television

An obsession with youth has "distorted the standards" of today's TV, Sir Michael Parkinson has said.

David Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions

Cameron distances himself from Lord Freud's comments over food banks

Former Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett condemned Lord Freud's words as inaccurate and insensitive

Turnbull: ‘a fantastic interviewer – incisive, witty and warm’

Mark Turnbull: BBC journalist who refused to let his blindness curb a glittering career

Turnbull’s meeting with Frank Sinatra at the Savoy Hotel ended up in a late-night jamming session

Shakeel Ahmad and Syed Mubarak Ahmed Crime: VAT Fraud; Owe: £19m each. Jailed for seven years in 2007 for masterminding a £37m tax fraud and then for an extra 10 years in 2010 for failing to repay money owed.

Revealed: the £675m owed by UK’s richest criminals

More than half a billion pounds owed remain unpaid, despite threat of additional jail term

Hart: he moved the NAHT to the centre stage of education politics

Sir David Hart: Influential leader of Britain's head teachers

A measure of Sir David Hart's influence in government circles can be glimpsed by the following exchange in the early days of New Labour. Tony Blair's education advisers were mulling over a potentially controversial education reform – there were murmurings about how it might be an anathema to the National Union of Teachers followed by silence. A voice, that of a senior adviser, piped up: "Ah, but what do the National Association of Head Teachers think about it?" The implication was that, if they too opposed it, it could be jettisoned to the history books.

Generous junior school children hand over an average of almost £2 a month of their pocket money to charity, poll finds

Generous junior school children hand over an average of almost £2 a month of their pocket money to charity, according to research ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday.

Poor reading skills are the most serious weakness in our education system

It should be obvious that reading skills are essential throughout education, so why has this very serious problem only just come to light?

Ken Clarke, the Justice
Secretary, will announce tomorrow that
he is increasing the amount of money raised
from offenders from £10m to £50m

Ex-Home Secretary hits out: Every offender to pay more

Lawbreakers face higher fines to fund victims' compensation

Back-to-work tsar's business has faced nine official investigations

The company belonging to the back-to-work tsar, Emma Harrison, which is being looked at by Thames Valley Police in connection with allegations of fraud by employees, has been investigated nine times since 2005 by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Government is urged to tax profits of the Big Six

One hundred leading figures are today urging the Government to tackle the predatory behaviour of big energy companies by introducing a new levy on their profits.

The Big Six energy suppliers increased their profit margins by 733 per cent in just three months last year

End energy profiteering: The rich get richer, the poor get colder

Big Six suppliers heading for bumper profits and bonuses as more than 5.5 million UK homes hit by fuel poverty

Bill Bratton: The gang-buster cop who still hankers after Scotland Yard

Why does the American former police chief, who last year was linked with the Met's top job, still manage to raise hackles in the UK? He talks to Kunal Dutta
Ms Jowell's phone was apparently targeted in 2006 when her estranged husband, David Mills, was mired in controversy over his links to former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

News Group pay £200,00 to Tessa Jowell for NOTW hacking damages

Former Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted £200,000 in damages after her phone was targeted by the News of the World.

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