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People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force.

Cameron urged to 'come clean' over free bus passes

David Cameron was accused today of betraying his pledge to protect free bus passes for the elderly after it emerged that hundreds of thousands of pensioners could have to wait up to an extra five years before they are eligible.

Six years in jail, no charge: the war on terror's forgotten victim speaks

Babar Ahmad, 35, is the longest-serving prisoner held without charge or trial in the UK. In his first media interview since his arrest on a US extradition warrant in 2004, Mr Ahmad tells Robert Verkaik that he is the forgotten victim of the 'war on terror'. In March 2009, he was awarded £60,000 in compensation after an admission by the UK's anti-terrorist police that they subjected him to 'grave abuse, tantamount to torture' during his first arrest in December 2003. Corresponding via email from a secure isolation unit at Long Lartin prison, he calls on the Government to charge him or release him. Today, the European Court of Human Rights rules on his case

Waiter found guilty of revenge murders

A waiter was today found guilty of helping his schoolboy cousin take revenge on his ex-girlfriend by murdering her in a house fire.

Jilted boy facing life for house fire murders

A schoolboy who took revenge for being dumped by killing his ex-girlfriend and her older sister in a house fire is facing a life sentence today.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg sworn in as MPs

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg were today sworn in as MPs in the new-look House of Commons.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The new MPs I'm glad to see

The election delivered remarkably enlightened results: the number of black and Asian members of the House has gone up from 14 to 27

As seats start to tumble, Labour looks to deal with Lib Dems for salvation

Labour chiefs were preparing to try to broker a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrats as Britain headed for a hung parliament.

Defiant Brown admits he is fighting for survival

Gordon Brown admitted yesterday that he is now fighting for political survival, as he made a frenzied tour of 10 Labour constituencies in London to shore up the party's core vote, motivate activists and convey a sense of activity to the electorate.

Alcohol ban proposed to improve bus services

An alcohol ban on buses in England was among Government proposals unveiled today to improve services throughout the country.

£120m of taxpayers' money to fund new tram services

Tram services are to be extended across Greater Manchester with £120 million of taxpayers' cash funding two new extensions to the Metrolink system, it was announced today.

Anger at winter transport chaos

Thousands of passengers on both sides of the Channel were scrambling to get home in time for Christmas last night after Eurostar blamed the closure of their train network on the wrong type of snow.

Floods threaten Tewkesbury again

Thirty-five warnings in place as heavy rainfall threatens more chaos

Government cracks down on rogue parking firms

Rogue parking firms that clamp cars for minor offences and charge motorists extortionate rates to have their vehicles released are to be forced to comply with strict rules as part of a Government assault

Commuters to be taxed for parking at work

The UK's first tax on parking spaces is expected to be endorsed by the Government today.

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