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At least 150,000 migrants have been refused permission to stay in the UK but the authorities do not know how many have left, a watchdog has warned.

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Portfolio: Clay Perry

They resemble the still lifes of the Spanish masters Velazquez, Zurbaran and Cotán. But while these are no 16th- or 17th-century compositions, Clay Perry's photographs of Britain's heritage fruit and vegetables are just as sympathetic to their subject.

UK Border Agency staff received bonuses of up to £7,000

One in four senior civil servants at the troubled UK Border Agency received bonuses of up to £7,000 last year, figures showed today.

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Managers at troubled UK Border Agency receive bonuses of up to £10,000

Managers at the troubled UK Border Agency – which has faced fierce criticism over recent chaotic scenes at Heathrow airport – have received bonuses of up to £10,000.

How To Be Beautiful: Restorative salts

Bath salts have fulfilled a variety of useful purposes over the years. The Ancient Greeks, for example, used them to mimic sea water's supposedly healing properties. More recently, they have served, when employed as a gift, as a succinct, socially acceptable way of expressing utter indifference to another human being.

Sony considers £65m bid for HMV Live

Sony Music Entertainment is among several suitors that are seeking to acquire the live music business of HMV, the embattled entertainment retailer, for about £65m.

Osborne's Sunday opening plan controversial

George Osborne has defended his plan to lift Sunday trading restrictions this summer as angry union bosses prepared for urgent talks with ministers about the surprise move.

Former UK border chief agrees pay-off

The former head of the border force, who resigned after angry clashes with Theresa May, reached an out-of-court settlement with the Home Office yesterday. Under the terms of the agreement, neither side admitted any liability or wrongdoing and details of the pay-off were not disclosed.

Nigel Morris: Home Secretary may be set for departure if border problems return

It is more than five years since John Reid arrived at the Home Office and denounced the Immigration Service as "not fit for purpose". Three Home Secretaries and one change of Government later, it seems to be business as usual. John Vine paints a familiar picture of poor internal communications, lax record-keeping and an apparent disregard for keeping ministers in the loop.

Border checks 'suspended regularly'

Border security checks have been suspended regularly and applied inconsistently since at least 2007, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is facing a claim for constructive dismissal from the agency's ex-boss

Border agency was a law unto itself, MPs conclude

Passport checks have been relaxed too often in recent years because of "highly troubling" mistakes by executives at the UK Border Agency, MPs warned.

The Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort (littledixbay.com), in the British Virgin Islands, has 'Revitalise, Refresh, Renew' programmes

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Wherever you go this year, make sure you get the best from your holiday. Chris Leadbeater has dozens of ideas

Chief operating officer Ali Russell told the Rangers' official website: 'The fans have intimated for some time their desire for a standing area within Ibrox and following the feedback we have had from fans' groups it is only right as a response that we are willing to explore the possibility.'

Rangers 'willing to explore' introducing safe-standing

Rangers have revealed they are "willing to explore the possibility" of introducing a safe-standing section at Ibrox.

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