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%

Foreign prisoners face transfer under new plans

Thousands of foreign prisoners will be sent back to serve their sentences in their own countries under Government plans, it emerged today.

Melanie McDonagh: The shadows cast by unresolved traumas

The release of Dr Kelly’s post-mortem report may not serve its intended effect, which was to bring about the desired end to any modern trauma –closure

BBC warns Government over free licence fee funding

The BBC Trust warned the Government today it would fight any move to force it to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s.

Business chiefs back George Osborne deficit cut strategy

Chancellor George Osborne's deficit reduction strategy today won backing from the private sector with a letter of support signed by 35 business leaders.

'Grave danger of financial collapse' says Clarke

The world faces a "grave danger of financial collapse" and the UK is "not out of the woods" yet, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke warned today.

Cameron to use 'Red Ed' as rallying call for centre ground

Leader will use keynote speech to attack 'leftist' Miliband

Prison population hits another new high

The prison population in England and Wales reached a record high today for the second consecutive week.

Number of prisoners reaches new record

The prison population has reached a record high, despite government pledges to reverse the steady increase.

Top prosecutor backs US-style murder laws for Britain

Britain's most senior prosecutor has added his voice to the calls for a radical reform of Britain's murder law.

Move grows to raise age of criminal responsibility

A legal trade body today backed calls for an increase in the age of criminal responsibility after two 11-year-old boys were sentenced for trying to rape an eight-year-old girl.

Ian Dunbar: Prison governor whose humane values earned him wide respect

Ian Dunbar was of that impressive and distinctively English lineage of prison governors who blended an unwavering humane respect for their charges with organisational realism and managerial flair. The penal landscape is a bleak and testing workplace at the best of times, and for a substantial portion of Dunbar's career was made even more dismal by the keenness of political parties to use crime and punishment for electoral advantage – and in consequence to embrace ill-considered and short-term policies.

Together at Chequers, but this was the week that the coalition's honeymoon ended

The cabinet met at Chequers yesterday for its first full political session, without civil servants, since the coalition was formed. There in the leafy Buckinghamshire countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of Whitehall, they took stock of the challenges that lie ahead.

Clarke proposes change to war crimes arrest warrants

The Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, yesterday outlined proposals aimed at making it more difficult for private individuals to secure arrest warrants for visiting foreign dignitaries they accuse of war crimes and other serious offences.

Government urged to get tough on offenders

The Government must get tough on offenders punished outside of prison to restore the faith of victims in the criminal justice system, a senior adviser claimed today.

Jeremy Laurance: Why can't ministers leave the NHS to do its best for patients?

The challenge facing the NHS behemoth is how to squeeze £20bn-worth of extra services out of existing resources while implementing what some call the biggest reform of the organisation since its inception over 60 years ago.

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