The high-speed ferry Madeira is docked at a shipyard after hitting an unidentified object in Hong Kong

More than 80 injured after high-speed Hong Kong ferry hits 'unidentified object'

Hong Kong government said at least three of the people on board who were taken to hospital were in a serious condition

Police reform: the Lord Stevens’s report has much to recommend it – until he drops the baton

He has tackled issues at the heart of Plebgate - but his restructuring plans don’t add up

We need a vibrant ecosystem of providers but I expect G4S to emerge stronger after review

The reward will be savings for taxpayers

Nick Clegg to take on Ed Miliband over ‘cost of living crisis’

Nick Clegg will today launch a fightback against Ed Miliband’s successful campaign on the “cost of living crisis”, claiming that a Labour  government would wreck the economic recovery.

Atos and G4S pay no corporation tax despite profiting from billions pounds worth of public sector contracts, as auditors warn of ‘crisis of confidence’ over private contractors

National Audit Office says there are 'worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly'

Prisoners are being put to work in call centres based in prisons, including HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton

Failure of private prisons must force a rethink

It seems wrong for elements of state coercion to be run for private profit

The Museum of Childhood in London. There has been a 31 per cent drop in the number of school visits to museums

Struggling museums forced by cuts to replace staff with volunteers as school visits drop

Research finds nearly half of 120 museums surveyed had increased number of unpaid interns and volunteers required to maintain their institutions

Prime Minister David Cameron poses the rock group Haim as they appear on the BBC current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

‘That was for you, DC’: has Cameron got some new fans in Haim?

David Cameron has branded the Labour Party’s tax policy “nuts”, warning that it would drive business out of Britain and hamper the economic recovery.

Postal staff to go on strike

Workers in hundreds of Crown post offices will walk out on strike today in a long-running row over jobs, pay and closures.

The UK’s new drain of talent: The £3,000 cash bond for visitors from South Asia and West Africa

The move has added to the sense of unease among ethnic minority (BME) communities, already roused by the government’s 'go home' vans

Nigel Farage: We are experiencing a Romanian crime wave

Ukip leader criticises Coalition’s immigration policies

Sober up in drunk tanks and pay up to £400 to leave? Police chiefs call for privately-run cells to curb alcohol-fuelled disorder

Chief Constable Adrian Lee says intoxicated people should be taken to a cell and charged for care in the morning

66% The proportion of the time and money given to good causes by nine per cent of the population

Revealed: Big Society exists – but only one in ten of us are in it

Study identifies ‘civil core’ responsible for most of the work for good causes

Just one in six voters believe immigration is a good thing for Britain, poll suggests

Majority of voters think immigration is harming Britain

Survey shows extent of public dissatisfaction, with 60 per cent saying migrants bring more disadvantages than advantages to the UK

The Prisoner Escort and Custodial Services (PECS) contract is one of a gamut of public sector deals held in Britain by Serco

Private security giant Serco accused of fraud over £285m prisoner escort contract

Services firm agrees to repay past profits from its £40m-a-year contract and forgo all future earnings

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