A new government scheme will allow people to use their mobile phones as official official documentation

National 'virtual ID card' scheme set for launch

The Government will later this month announce details of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phones and social media profiles as official identification documents for accessing public services.

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Megan, 15, flies back from France – to the relief of family and friends

Maths teacher detained in Bordeaux but is co-operating with police over extradition

David Cameron intervenes in Adam Jones Qatar 'kidnap' case

Prime Minister David Cameron has intervened personally to help a 12-year-old boy who wrote him a letter last year pleading for help after his family allegedly took and kept him in Qatar under false pretences, Downing Street confirmed today.

August 7, 2012: Shara Proctor of Team GB leaps into the final of the long jump

Team GB's Shara Proctor qualifies for long jump final

Great Britain's Shara Proctor made swift work of qualifying for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

London 2012: Tomorrow's one-day strike by immigration staff called off

Tomorrow’s one-day strike by immigration staff on the eve of the Olympics has been called off following last-minute talks with the Home Office, the Public and Commercial Services union announced today.

More Britons getting into trouble abroad

An increased number of Britons needed consular assistance abroad last year.

Another Olympics threat as Home Office staff vote for strike

Thousands of staff at the Home Office, including airport immigration workers, have voted to go on strike over jobs, pay and other issues, raising the threat of industrial action hitting the Olympics.

Britain’s busiest airport was inundated by Olympic baggage

Costs to rise as Heathrow books too many staff...

Bosses banked on extra 10,000 passengers today but real number could be much lower

Father jailed for stabbing man to death for asking if his daughter was all right

A father was jailed for at least 26 years today for killing a man for asking if his crying daughter was all right.

Oligarch paints court adversary as extortionist linked to mob

Well-connected Oleg Deripaska denies he owes Michael Cherney £730m stake in Rusal

The Immigration Minister, Damian Green, insists all airport desks will be staffed for the Games

One line for the rich, another for the poor: minister's solution to border control crisis

Claims of discrimination over Green's plan for a two-tier system to end delays at Heathrow

Book of a Lifetime: The Cement Garden, by Ian McEwan

In 1975 Ian McEwan was famous at our school because his short story collection, First Love, Last Rites, was sensationally banned by our doddering headmistress, Miss Gems. After examining a stray copy, Miss Gems set about a full-scale censorship to protect us from what she declared was a shocking, dirty book. Copies were confiscated, detentions issued to those of us who admitted to having read it. We found it hilarious. As a result of the ban everyone saved up to buy a copy.

Police officer accused of telling ‘a pack of lies’ over death in custody

A Metropolitan police constable involved in physically restraining a man who died soon after in custody has been accused at an inquest of telling “a pack of lies” after photographic evidence confirmed he held the detainee's face down for far longer than he claimed.

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