News The actor Daniel Kaluuya is suing Scotland Yard

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.

MPs dodge drips as Portcullis House springs a leak

The roof of Parliament's newest building sprang a leak on Tuesday, forcing MPs to dodge drips of rainwater as heavy storms lashed Westminster.

Ed Balls welcomes open Iraq enquiry

Education Secretary Ed Balls today said it would be a "good thing" to hold some of the Iraq War inquiry in public as Gordon Brown faced fury from Labour backbenchers over his initial decision to hold the hearings in private.

Blair <U>was</U> involved in Iraq inquiry talks, minister says

Brown seeks to quell row with 'openness' pledge

Minister resigns over PM's 'rule by smear'

Gordon Brown lost yet another member of his Government yesterday when the Farming minister, Jane Kennedy, quit rather than pledge loyalty to him. She called on the Prime Minister to "make way for an alternative leader".

The ministers appointed in the reshuffle

This is a list of the MPs and peers appointed as ministers of state by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the second wave of his Government reshuffle today:

Khan made Minister of State for Transport

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has been promoted to Minister of State for Transport in the Government reshuffle, it emerged today.

Letters: European politics

Meanwhile, in Europe, real politics goes on

&pound;19m boost for fire rescues

The Government today announced an extra £19m for fire services in England to improve the rescue of people from collapsed buildings as well as decontamination of the public.

Family hit out at IPCC over death in custody

The police complaints commission is accused of failing to conduct an open investigation. Nina Lakhani reports

Labour urged to help ethnic minority candidates

Labour should consider changing its candidate selection procedures to make it easier for would-be MPs from the ethnic minorities to be chosen for Westminster seats, a senior Cabinet minister said today.

Could Britain ever have its own black leader?

No, says Trevor Phillips, because institutional racism would prevent one emerging. But what do others think?

British Obama 'would be blocked by race barrier', says Equality chief



US President-elect Barack Obama would never have become the British Prime Minister because of "institutional racism" in the Labour Party, the head of Britain's equality watchdog claimed.

Letters: The next financial bubble

New accounting rules risk creating the next financial bubble

Muslim MP calls for religious equality law

A minister has called for the Government to introduce a new religious discrimination law which would require public bodies to have a legal duty to promote equality between faiths, to reassure Britain's Muslims that they are not second-class citizens.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Why should Muslims put up with being stereotyped?

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