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Anti-terror police search Lincolnshire property as part of Woolwich soldier killing investigation

Anti-terror police investigating the "barbaric" murder of a soldier in London have searched a property 150 miles away in Lincolnshire.

The report's findings are an embarrassment for the Education Secretary, Michael Gove

Star academy group misspent public money on lavish expenses

Report condemns a charity running 35 schools for ‘procedural irregularities’ and ‘weak’ controls

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Thousands flock to the coast as Britain enjoys temperatures above 20C

But enjoy it while it lasts, because temperatures are expected to tail off into the week

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The late premier's chosen biographer has done a great job. She did have secrets to tell, and to hide

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Theresa May told the 41 commissioners hospitality details must be provided

Theresa May reads the riot act to police commissioners after expenses scandals

After a slew of allegations and mishaps involving chauffeur-driven trips funded by taxpayers and embarrassing rows over staffing, the country’s newly elected but already beleaguered police leaders have been called into Whitehall to be warned of their responsibilities.

Ukip in chaos after leaked emails threaten to derail party on eve of election

Ukip’s ability to vet its own election candidates has come under intense questioning after a series of embarrassing leaked emails, campaign trail blunders, and allegedly racist and homophobic comments from their would-be councillors ahead of local elections this week.

Anti-drone campaigners marching on RAF Waddington

Protest held against RAF Waddington's Afghanistan drone strikes

Campaigners claim the Government are 'using them to fight wars behind our backs'

Police murder probe follows deaths in Lincolnshire

Police have launched a murder investigation after two people died following a disturbance in the early hours, police said.

Baroness Thatcher with her mother in 1945. Their relationship has been the subject of much speculation

The woman who brought up Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher’s mother is conspicuously absent from the Baroness’s memoirs

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles still claims real-terms cut since 2010

Council tax hike to hit 50% of households

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles still claims real-terms cut since 2010

Lights out warning as SSE cuts its power generation

Embarrassment for Osborne after energy giant attacks Government's 'lack of clarity'

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