News Under the Mental Health Act, police can take anyone they suspect to be mentally ill and a potential danger to themselves or others to a “place of safety”, which can mean a police station

Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years

10 Scotland Yard officers test positive for drugs

Ten Scotland Yard officers were caught using illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis over the past year.

MPs attack Brown's bid to withhold Royal letters

Gordon Brown's plan to impose a blanket ban on all public requests for correspondence written by the Royal Family has been attacked by the Information Commissioner and MPs.

Queen's finances to be revealed

The Independent wins three-year battle to publish secret correspondence with Government over spiralling cost of maintaining royal palaces.

Terence Blacker: Governed by the ill wind of deception

There are, it seems, two categories of lying in public life. There is the personal, self-serving lie, designed to advance a career, cover up a scandal, to make some extra cash from a sloppily structured expenses system.

Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret

Former PM was happy to discuss invasion with Fern Britton on TV show – but the Chilcot inquiry will hear his crucial testimony behind closed doors

Village people: 12/12/2009

Why the veto, Jack?

*Thursday was a good day for burying bad news, as every journalist in the Westminster Village was immersed in MPs' expenses, so a highly contentious decision by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced that day, received less attention than it might have.

Straw uses FOI veto on Cabinet minutes

Justice Secretary Jack Straw today blocked the publication of minutes of a 1997 Cabinet committee meeting on devolution.

Hannibal actor Brian Cox to play Speaker of the House of Commons in expenses drama

Brian Cox, the actor best known for his roles as Hannibal Lecter and the corrupt CIA boss in two of the Bourne movies, was today lined up to play former House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin.

Now the expenses spotlight falls on Britain's judiciary

First-class train tickets, airfares and dining bills take annual claims by judges and magistrates to £32m

Leading article: The Kelly report could alter Parliament for the better

MPs have only themselves to blame for the belt-tightening that awaits

Leading article: Parliamentarians hold their future in their own hands

MPs would be wise to submit to the demands of the Legg inquiry

£180 million council house building boost planned

The Government today announced plans for a £180 million programme to build 1,200 new council houses.

The ten most notorious female criminals

With figures released earlier this year showing crimes by young girls have risen by more than a fifth in the last four years, the shocking trend of female crime is attracting a lot of public attention. Is this really a new phenomenon, or have the female sex always had a big role to play in criminal activity?

Marine 'faked war story'

A so-called war hero who claimed to have been wounded when he dived to shield a buddy from a grenade in Afghanistan is facing a court martial by the US Marines for making the story up.

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