News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Immigration backlog 'will take nearly 40 years to clear'

Bonuses for senior Home Office officials should be frozen until the “staggering” backlog of immigration cases is cleared, a senior MP has urged.

The Houses of Parliament

We want some of that! Unions demand 11% increases as MPs' pay rises to £74,000 a year

But regulator says cost would be offset by curbs to pensions, expenses for dinners, TV licences, taxis, and 'golden goodbyes'

Metropolitan Police Commander Neil Basu speaks to the Home Affairs Select Committee

Met Police contradicts Soca to MPs on hacking inquiry

Scotland Yard heaped fresh pressure on one of Britain’s most senior law enforcement officials when a senior Met detective directly contradicted evidence given to Parliament by the head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Move over Andy, you're so Sunday - Theresa May is having her moment

Move over Andy Murray. You’re so Sunday afternoon. Yesterday MPs on all sides vied with each other to congratulate a new super-heroine. Rarely can a single plane journey have generated such euphoria among those left behind. It would not have been surprising if Theresa May had been carried shoulder high from the Commons chamber after her statement that Abu Qatada had finally left the country.

MPs ‘losing public trust’ over lobbying, says Commons sleaze watchdog

MPs are undermining public trust in democracy by failing to back tighter controls on lobbying, Parliament’s official sleaze watchdog has warned.

Under fire: Trevor Pearce, director general of Soca, is accused of misleading Parliament

The aftermath of Leveson inquiry: Soca chief is accused of misleading MPs over hacking

Claims and counter-claims surround computer hacker's hard drives at centre of police investigation

Editorial: When the parties defy the people

The coalition's promise to hold 200 primaries in safe seats has been quietly shelved

MPs with children to get higher expenses, says Ipsa

MPs with children have been given permission to claim higher expenses. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it was allowing almost 150 MPs to claim more in order to rent larger properties and pay for children’s travel.

Man due in court charged with murder of woman, 84

Police have charged a man with the murder of an 84-year-old woman discovered dead in her home and the attempted murder of a nine year-old boy found stabbed in a skate park.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Vicky Pryce back on firmer ground with speedy analysis of euro crisis

Ms Pryce showed every sign of absorption and none of nervousness

Each stop-and-search takes an average of 16 minutes

Theresa May announces a six-week public consultation on police stop-and-search powers

The Home Secretary tells the House of Commons that they can be “a waste of police time” and serve to “undermine public confidence in the police”

Nick Clegg has warned the public would not understand it if MPs were awarded a bumper pay rise

Main party leaders set to scupper moves to give MPs a bumper pay rise

Recommended increase was expected to add up to £10,000 to backbenchers' salaries in 2015

The police handling of Hillsborough was one in a long line of scandals

An end to 'police investigating police': Police complaints investigators not trusted and corrupt officers should have pensions docked, say MPs

Corrupt and incompetent police officers have avoided detection because of a broken system of checks that have shaken public confidence in the integrity of the service, MPs said today.

Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls

Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls admits running red light

Balls was caught by a traffic camera as he headed home after a late night sitting in Parliament

UKBA failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads on missing asylum seekers

Border officials failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads identified on police databases when attempting to track down missing asylum seekers, an inspector has found.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee