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‘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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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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