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Under initial proposals by campaigners seeking tighter controls on internet porn, customers would have had to contact their ISP if they wanted the automatic filter switched off

Creating a porn filter is one thing, creating a transparent and functional one quite another

The Government has entrusted the safeguarding of children to a bunch of non-UK, unregulated, commercial interests

Did you #joinin this Christmas?

Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there

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All public examinations - including GCSEs and A-levels - will be taken online within the next decade, an independent education chief is forecasting.

Exclusive: M&S runs short of Leading Ladies stock just two weeks after launch

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