More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.
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Thursday 28 November 2013
Him & Her is by the far the best sitcom to have ever landed up on BBC3, and surely the only one with roots in Harold Pinter. The swansong series, Him & Her: the Wedding, in which Laura and Paul's nuptials unfold over four episodes, is, as it should be, dominated by the bride with Kerry Howard's performance as invincibly monstrous Laura surely heading for a comedy award.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
It may be hard to remember sometimes, but technically you are at university to learn...
Monday 25 November 2013
A Chinese iPhone thief may have atoned somewhat for his crime, sending his victim a handwritten list of nearly 1,000 contact numbers.
Friday 22 November 2013
The X Factor star has been instructed by a doctor to rest for several days
Tuesday 19 November 2013
The 58-year-old comedian has had two heart attacks previously
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Cobb and Kynan Dutton are being detained in Mercer County jail after allegedly intimidating residents in the Leith community
Police open investigation as former Co-op bank chair allegedly hands over £300 for drugs including crystal meth and cocaine
Sunday 17 November 2013
West Yorkshire Police have 'opened an investigation' after Reverend Paul Flowers was purportedly filmed discussing the purchase of class A drugs
Tuesday 12 November 2013
We knew that Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is a master of disguise and a dab hand at disabling a tag. Today we learned that he also has some pretty good lawyers.
On the agenda: Justin Timberlake; One Direction perfume; I'm A Celebrity; Paloma Faith exhibition; the Ashes Down Under
Sunday 10 November 2013
Middle-class problems: Cards
Chelsea v West Brom: Steve Clarke prepares to face former boss Jose Mourinho for the first time as a manager
Friday 08 November 2013
The Baggies boss worked under the Special One during Mourinho's first spell in charge
Tuesday 05 November 2013
A guest at a Dubai hotel said Rebekah Brooks ‘left a gathering to discuss a missing Surrey schoolgirl’
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail