News Charities say drug users are switching to alternative drugs created in laboratories because they know they are not breaking the law if they are caught in possession

Proposals "fetter UK's discretion", insists crime minister Norman Baker MP

Nick Clegg faces calls to distance his party from the Conservatives

Nick Clegg will face calls from senior Liberal Democrats to get "back to basics" and distance himself far more from David Cameron and the Conservatives over the coming month.

Somerset by-election swing to Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats gained from Tories in this week's only reported council by-election amid signs of revival in some areas following the hacking scandal.

Drink-drive deaths fall

Deaths from drink-drive accidents fell sharply last year, provisional Government figures showed today.

Under-fire expenses watchdog quits

The Commons expenses watchdog has quit after coming under fire for refusing to name MPs being investigated for dubious claims.

Londoners urged to 'travel differently' during Olympics

Londoners were today urged to "travel differently" during the Olympics, exactly one year ahead of the likeliest busy day for journeys during the 2012 Games.

Police hand Chris Huhne 'speeding file' to prosecutors

Detectives investigating allegations Chris Huhne made his ex-wife take speeding points for him have handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Quiet electric cars 'pose no danger' to visually impaired

Warning sounds will not be added to vehicles as government report deems them unnecessary

Near miss for Lib Dems in Wales by-election

Liberal Democrats narrowly missed a shock gain in the latest council by-elections.

Scholarships for the poor

University scholarships should be awarded to poor 15-year-olds in England, Simon Hughes has said.

Lib Dems and Labour in poll advance

Liberal Democrats and Labour advanced against the Tories in the only council by-election in a week dominated by the hacking scandal.

Southern Cross collapse leaves elderly care in limbo

The grim truth about the demise of care home company Southern Cross was confirmed to its shareholders yesterday in an extraordinary meeting which followed news of its closure on Monday.

Clegg faces up to collapse of Lib Dem vote in Inverclyde

Nick Clegg was facing recriminations yesterday after the Liberal Democrats suffered their second by-election humiliation in four months.

Tories slump in their strongholds

Tories saw a big swing to Labour in a by-election for their flagship Wandsworth Council.

Video: 'We must get round negotiating table' - Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he has sympathy for public sector workers striking over changes to their pensions.

Ministers move to block debate on circus animals

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, is being urged by MPs not to allow the Government to block demands for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

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