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Attorney General to review sentences handed out in Baby P case

The Attorney General is to consider appealing against the sentences in the Baby P case. If Baroness Scotland decides that they were unduly lenient, she will refer the case to the Court of Appeal where they could be increased.

Laura Ashley: The fashion house where florals were always in season

Laura Ashley's Welsh estate mirrored her style – and her children want it saved. By Kate Watson-Smyth

Creativity 'tsar' attacks schools ministers

Career politicians are 'refusing to listen to the people who know best'

Doubts cast over Darling's promise to find £15bn of savings

Alistair Darling's pledge to slim down Whitehall to help plug the gap in the public finances has been labelled as "smoke and mirrors" after economists and MPs warned the savings would be very hard to achieve and measure.

Philip Hensher: What worked in Venezuela won't do so here

The Venezuelan system of music education known as El Sistema has been much written about, usually in greatly admiring terms. In the past three decades, a programme of music education has reached deep into the favelas, giving hundreds of thousands of children the opportunity to learn an instrument, and to study in the demanding disciplines of classical music. Hundreds of youth orchestras have spring up, and, it has been argued, the many hours of music teaching and education which Venezuelan youth go through get results in the shape of discipline and commitment to education.

It's time to move on: HIPs are here to stay

Home Information Packs may be a nuisance, but they are a fact of life

'Laughable' new fraud initiative

Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, will this week unveil the Government's grand plan to tackle fraud in the UK.

Pupils as young as six excluded for taking knives into school

More than 300 children have been excluded after carrying blades, including machetes, into lessons

Report on Metronet collapse to arrive late as authors are split on who takes the blame

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to release its report on Metronet, the failed London Underground engineering group, by Easter – up to four months behind schedule.

Economy shrinks by 1% as downturn worsens

Britain's economy shrank by 1 per cent in the three months to November as the pace of the downturn quickened, a leading think-tank warned today.

Beekeepers protest over hive deaths

More money for research demanded as disease, mites and weather wipe out insects

Britain, get your skates on

The number of temporary ice rinks across the country is on the rise this winter – and A&E departments are standing by. Ian Griggs reports
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