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Royal hospital 'reassured' hoax nurse Jacintha Saldanha before her death

Hospital boss says neither staff, Mrs Saldanha's friends or family noticed anything 'to give cause for concern'

Backlog of immigration cases is 'out of control' as MP reveals it is the size of Iceland’s population

The number of outstanding asylum and immigration cases rose by 25,000 in three months and is “spiralling out of control”, making the total caseload the equivalent of the population of Iceland, an MP has said.

Border Agency backlog 'equal to size of Newcastle'

The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of cases equivalent to the population of Newcastle, MPs warned yesterday.

Extra 1,200 troops placed on standby

Theresa May has revealed that G4 S holds Government and police contracts worth £600m

The Sketch: Serving the spirit of the Games for a mere £500m

They said they would pay the Government for the pleasure of serving the Olympic spirit – but once they got the contract they'd only do their bit if we paid them £500 million and did the work ourselves. It's there in black and white.

Border staff with limited immigration training will plug gaps at London's Heathrow Airport over summer

Visitors arriving into London’s Heathrow Airport over the summer won’t suffer long queues, but they will be met by border staff with only basic training and little immigration experience, a watchdog’s report warned today.

At least 150,000 illegal migrants may still be in UK

At least 150,000 migrants have been refused permission to stay in the UK but the authorities do not know how many have left, a watchdog has warned.

More than 20,000 offenders are monitored at any one time

Tagging of criminals fails in more than half of cases

More than half of electronically tagged criminals are breaking the terms of their curfews, raising questions about the effectiveness of one of the central planks of the Government's criminal justice agenda. A report by the Inspectorate of Probation has found that 59 per cent of tagged offenders spent more than four hours away from home without authorisation.

UK Border Agency staff received bonuses of up to £7,000

One in four senior civil servants at the troubled UK Border Agency received bonuses of up to £7,000 last year, figures showed today.

Borders Agency unacceptably 'obstructive' when providing information to MPs

Britain's Borders Agency is today accused of trying to “circumvent” attempts by Parliament to get the information MPs need to hold the organisation to account.

2012 wrap stays despite Olympics resignation

The controversial fabric wrap around London's showpiece Olympic Stadium will stay despite the resignation of an ethics watchdog over the link between the Bhopal disaster and Dow Chemical Company, which is backing the hi-tech design, London 2012 said today.

The Sketch: A deadly weapon called civil service syntax

Dame Helen has a manner like the incoming tide. She is unstoppable

Boris accused of misleading MPs

Boris Johnson is facing allegations that he misled MPs. The Mayor of London is said to have misled the Home Affairs Select Committee by making false claims over the success of a flagship project to reduce crime. Mr Johnson told parliamentarians last month that a unit in Feltham Young Offenders' Institution had reduced reoffending rates from 80 per cent to 19 per cent.

MPs call for Home Office to scrap bonuses

The Home Office should scrap plans to award its top-performing senior staff bonuses worth £300,000, MPs said today.

Steve Richards: MPs find their voice at last

New Labour wanted a Parliament that caused it not a flicker of concern. Such manoeuvring is impossible now
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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