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Home Office Minister has joined Vince Cable at the top of the members’ list of good performers

More evidence of MPs 'claim culture' disclosed

Yet more damning evidence of the 'claiming culture' in Westminster was disclosed today, with a further assortment of politicians embarrassed over their expenses activity.

Fury as Baby P stepfather is guilty of raping girl aged two

Council under fire because child was on 'at risk' register / Baby P's mother cleared of child cruelty by jury

Four Baby P staff are sacked for gross misconduct

Haringey Council has sacked three managers and a social worker for failings of care in the Baby P case, following a five-month investigation.

Terence Blacker: The politically divisive nature of diversity

That old standby of the Labour years, the anti-racism festival, is under threat. The Rise Festival, which is normally held in Finsbury Park, north London, in September, will not take place this year now that the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has decided that local taxpayers' money would be better spent on a variety of smaller musical events. There has been something of a row, with the local MP Lynne Featherstone expressing her disappointment that "celebrating diversity is such a low priority for the new Mayor".

The <i>IoS</i> Diary: Solid gold and plenty of nuggets

As high-profile Texans keen on making loadsa money, Sir Allen Stanford and George Bush have much in common. Indeed, before Stanford was charged over a £6bn fraud, the two were, it seems, rather matey. When Stanford expanded his financial services firm by building a new office complex on the US Virgin Islands, Dubya sent a heart-warming memo on White House notepaper. "I send greetings to those gathered in St Croix, Virgin Islands, to celebrate the expansion of Stanford Financial Group," it reads. "By providing investment and wealth management services, companies like yours are helping more Americans build a solid foundation for the future. Laura and I send our best wishes ...." Charming, even if the bit about solid foundations has turned out not to be quite right. But why no letters of support from Laura and George now?

Thousands join email privacy campaign

When Jacqui Smith unveiled Home Office proposals to track the emails, telephone calls and text messages of every member of the public, she might have got more than she bargained for.

Baby P social services chief sacked

The head of children's services at Haringey Council was sacked today in the wake of the Baby P abuse case.

New inquiry at council over second abuse case

Woman who blew whistle over Baby P says review into Haringey 'too little, too late'

Minister announces review over baby's death

Children's minister Beverley Hughes announced a nationwide independent review of child protection services today after the harrowing death of a toddler.

MPs and charities call for independent investigation

MPs and children's charities called today for an independent investigation into the death of a toddler on the child protection register.

Reforms 'could make Catholics eligible for throne'

Moves to end the 300-year-long ban on Roman Catholics taking the throne and on eldest daughters succeeding as monarch are being seriously considered by Downing Street, it was reported today.

Ex Labour MP Abse dies aged 91

Gay rights champion Leo Abse has died at the age of 91, a family friend said today.

Anthony Glees: Internment should be a policy option

Professor Anthony Glees is Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University. He argues that the European Convention on Human Rights needs to be overturned and the Government should have the power to imprison people without trial.

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