New TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady

‘Money given to Labour by unions is the cleanest in British politics’ says TUC’s Frances O’Grady

The cleanest money in British politics is the subscriptions that trade unions collect from their members and pass to the Labour party, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady claims.

Book review: All Dogs Are Blue, By Rodrigo Souza Leao (Trs by Stefan Tobler and Zoe Perry)

The brilliant chaos of a frenzied mind

Loss of 5,000 nurses prompts safety warning

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals that there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, down 5,601 on the figure of 353,912 in May 2010.

Conservatives and Lib Dems forced to give £500,000 legacy left to 'Government' to the Treasury

Bequest from 90-year-old woman was for national use, not party use, the wording of will suggests

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised for presiding over staff cuts

Jeremy Hunt urged to set NHS safe staffing levels after Mid Staffs scandal

New report on patient safety likely to increase pressure on Health Secretary over cuts

Two thirds of nurses have had to sacrifice time spent comforting and talking to patients because they are over-worked

Two-thirds of nurses are 'too busy to talk to patients'

Thousands more nursing posts have been cut since the research uncovered under-staffed wards

Four police officers face charges over mentally ill man Thomas Orchard's death in custody

Four police officers could face criminal charges over the death of a mentally ill church caretaker who was restrained when he was arrested following a disturbance in the street, The Independent has learned.

Mid-Staffs nursing chief: I’m not to blame

Janice Harry tells hearing that the word 'nursing' in her job title was 'misleading'

According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Holland, from Beach Holm, is thought to have choked, though police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Australian man dies after eating chilli pie in pub pie eating contest

Bruce Holland died during a contest which took place in a local pub in north Queensland on Wednesday

Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives’ election strategist

Smoking gun? David Cameron dodges Lynton Crosby cigarette packaging controversy question

Tory strategist’s links to cigarette giant pile pressure on PM after  tobacco policy U-turn

Sir Bruce Keogh’s report: The 14 NHS trusts and their failings

Of the 14 trusts investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh’s team, all but Colchester, Dudley and Blackpool are now under special measures. However, the report outlined specific failings at all 14 trusts.

Kier wins contract to build new Broadmoor

The construction company Kier is to build a new £115m high-security home for notorious murderers including the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

Cavendish Review: Healthcare assistants are performing the same tasks as nurses and even doctors without standardised training

Review calls for standardised training for healthcare assistants

English novelist Jane Austen from an original family portrait

Jane Austen emerges as front-runner to replace Charles Darwin on £10 note

Announcement follows row over choice of Sir Winston Churchill to appear on £5 notes in place of one of only two women selected since historical figures were introduced in 1970

Wendy Williams has served in the RAF for 29 years

RAF's top nurse Wendy Williams wins sexism ruling against Ministry of Defence

Group Captain brought case after being passed over for promotion in 2011 in favour of male doctor

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