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Defence procurement has been one of the biggest machines for wasting money

Too much 'stick' and not enough 'carrots': Government's policy on illegal immigrants criticised

Home Affairs Select Committee says fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration results in a person being removed from the UK

Gay or lesbian UK asylum seekers told to 'prove' their sexuality

Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK to escape persecution abroad are being told they must “prove” their sexuality, a committee has found.

Cost of Andrew Mitchell ‘plebgate’ investigation reaches £237,000

The cost of the Scotland Yard investigation into the so-called “plebgate” affair, which led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip, has reached £237,000.

Named in six days: Soca told to publish list of blue-chip firms that hired rogue PIs – or MPs will

Soca earlier blocked publication of the list to protect the companies’ reputations

Special judges to preside over child sex cases

Judges with 'bespoke' training to oversee complex abuse cases, but no new specialist courts, MPs told

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”

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.

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

Abu Qatada's deportation battle costs the UK taxpayer £1.7m

Qatada was convicted of terror charges in his absence in Jordan in 1999

Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary

Woolwich attack: Scotland Yard monitoring radical cleric Anjem Choudary's proclamations

Scotland Yard is closely watching radical cleric Anjem Choudary to see if his proclamations break the law, one of the force's most senior officers told MPs today.

Google and Facebook attacked over 'paltry' donations to internet child protection charity

Three of the internet's most profitable companies have pledged “paltry” amounts to child protection bodies, despite their continued verbal support.

Sir Bernard Howan-Howe explained in his letter that it was the first time agency workers had been used as part of the investigation

Yewtree police set aside £240,000 to hire ex-officers as private detectors to deal with flood of Jimmy Savile allegations

Police “struggling to cope” with a flood of allegations resulting from the Jimmy Savile scandal have set aside £240,000 to hire former policeman as private detectives, it has been revealed.

'Plebgate' inquiry has cost £144k

Scotland Yard's inquiry in to the "Plebgate" row, which led to Andrew Mitchell resigning as chief whip, has cost an estimated £144,000 so far.

A police officer will sue a petrol station owner on whose property she tripped and - she claims- injured herself

Policewoman in Norfolk sues petrol station owner over alleged injuries she got during a call-out

Leading MP says eventual ruling could have 'huge implications for every citizen'

Stun guns 20 times more powerful than the Tasers used by police are being illegally shipped into the UK.

'That's lightning - a horrendous tool' - expert verdict on one million volt stun guns being illegally shipped into UK

BBC documentary has found that in the past three years 500 stun guns have been seized by the Metropolitan Police in London

Jacintha Saldanha’s family at Westminster Cathedral

'There's an unfillable void in our lives': Family says goodbye Jacintha Saldanha

Children of royal-hoax nurse say tearful farewell at cathedral service

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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