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Home repossessions almost double

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The new shadow cabinet in full

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39,000 innocent children on national DNA database

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'Shocking' rise in homelessness among women

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Senior Shadow Cabinet figures in row over 'cash for influence'

Senior members of the Shadow Cabinet have been accused of potential conflicts of interest after their offices were shown to be funded by companies that have direct interests in their policy portfolios.

Repossessions hit 16-year high as lenders 'turn to courts first'

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Stillbirth: Life after loss

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Ministers come under pressure from Tories over plight of England's 130,000 homeless children

A shortage of affordable housing has left 130,000 children homeless in England this Christmas an increase of 128 per cent in the past decade, according to research by the shadow housing minister Grant Shapps.

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George Best's doctor warns women over binge drinking

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