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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Ex-minister apologises to MPs over expenses

Former minister Tony McNulty apologised today and promised to repay more than £13,000 in second home allowances which he claimed on a house where his parents live.

Riot police called in as demonstrators clash at anti-Muslim protest

Skirmishes after London mosque is targeted on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Organisers pledge peaceful anti-Islam protest

The organisers of an anti-Islam demonstration planned for September 11 today promised a peaceful protest, amid fears of violent clashes with anti-fascists.

Balls announces school places inquiry

An inquiry to find out how many parents are "playing the system" to get their children into a school of their choice was ordered yesterday by the Children's Secretary, Ed Balls.

'Fraud' case dropped against school place mum

A council has dropped its legal case against a mother accused of using a false address to get her son into a popular state primary school, it was confirmed today.

Met braced for further clashes with Tamil protesters

Riot Police were braced for further clashes with Tamil protesters in central London last night after forcibly breaking up another mass occupation of the roads around Parliament.

GCSE science 'dumbed down', says exam watchdog

Standards in GCSE science exams have been "dumbed down", the Government's own exams watchdog warns today.

Andrew Grice: Another frenzy over MPs' expenses

The Tony McNulty affair could be the straw that breaks the camel's back over MPs' pay and expenses. The plain-speaking Employment Minister is under fire for claiming £60,000 in "second homes" allowances for a house in his Harrow constituency in which his parents live. He faces a formal investigation after a complaint by a Tory frontbencher

Watchdog could step in on McNulty expense claims

A sleaze watchdog may launch a wide-ranging inquiry into MPs expenses after another minister became embroiled in a row over their claims.

Demand for inquiry over minister's expenses claim for his parents' home

Conservatives attack MP over £60,000 in allowances

McNulty: 'I have not broken expenses rules'

A Government minister today insisted that he has not broken House of Commons rules by claiming a parliamentary allowance to pay the mortgage on the house where his parents live.

'Barmy' legal aid for failed asylum seeker

A decision to give legal aid to a failed asylum seeker and fraudster has been described as "barmy".

Murder hunt after woman dies in street robbery

Detectives launched a murder inquiry today after an elderly woman suffered fatal injuries in a street robbery.

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Pupils start classes at first Hindu school

The UK's first state-funded Hindu school has opened to pupils, it was announced today.

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