News George Osborne sounded warnings ahead of 26 June deadline

Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%

Government scraps inquiry into prisoners' torture

The inquiry into allegations of British complicity in torturing prisoners will be scrapped due to the launch of a fresh police investigation that will involve interviewing former cabinet ministers, the Justice Secretary says.

Gibson Inquiry torture investigation to be scrapped

The long-awaited inquiry into British complicity in torture is to be scrapped following the launch of fresh criminal investigations into claims of ill-treatment in Libya, the Justice Secretary said today.

Prisoner found hanging in cell

An attacker who was told he could serve the rest of his life behind bars has been found hanging in his cell.

Lancaster Castle in Lancashire is one of three mothballed prisons singled out for reopening by the Prison Officers Association

Cuts put prisons at serious risk of riots, say officers

Too many prisoners and too few staff spell danger

Mandatory life sentences are 'unjust and outdated'

Mandatory life sentences for murder in England and Wales are both unjust and outdated, legal experts said today.

Withdrawal of legal aid delayed by six months

Moves to withdraw legal aid from most cases of family breakdown, medical negligence, immigration, debt and welfare benefit, as well as some housing and education issues, are being delayed by six months.

Bill to allow homeowners to defend themselves and their property

People who feel threatened in their own homes will no longer have to flee and can stay to defend both themselves and their property under Government plans.

Bill to clarify use of self defence

People who feel threatened in their own homes will no longer have to flee and can stay to defend both themselves and their property under Government plans.

Ken Clarke – the Cabinet's answer to Macavity

They seek him here, they seek him there, and when they finally find Ken Clarke, he shuts his eyes. Where is the Justice Secretary when you need him?

Number of inmates reaches record high

The prison population in England and Wales reached a record high yesterday.

Record high for prison population

The prison population in England and Wales reached a record high today.

Teenager challenges Prime Minister over legal aid cuts

A schoolboy whose family endured an eight-year struggle to prove that his cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence yesterday took the campaign against cuts in legal aid to David Cameron's front door.

Video: Clarke: 'No sentencing u-turn'

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke says his controversial sentencing Bill will be changed but denies a policy u-turn.

NHS negligence bill tops £1bn a year

Law Society warns cases being needlessly drawn out by health trusts as patients face cuts to legal aid
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League system no longer measures up

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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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