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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

David Behan, head of the Care Quality Commission, wants a rapid improvement in care of the elderly

Hospital A&Es swamped by 500,000 elderly victims of neglect

CQC said their findings suggested that some GPs, care homes and community health services were failing to treat vulnerable people 'in the way they deserve'

Government will introduce a new criminal sanction for 'wilful neglect', covering any staff suspected of abusing or mistreating patients in their care

'Neglect is unacceptable': NHS staff face jail if patients are abused

Measure was one of the key recommendations of a report into the fallout from the Mid Staffordshire scandal

The hotel reception at St Georges Park - A suspected stomach virus at St George's Park has resulted in some last-minute changes to arrangements for the England team and their under-21 counterparts

England squad forced to move from St George's Park after stomach bug scare

The squad were due at the National Football Centre before the upcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany

Spending cuts have created a shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

Coalition cuts blamed for shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

FOI requests reveal ‘hidden workforce crisis’ at odds with official statistics

Stafford Hospital former chief nurse Janice Harry found guilty of misconduct

A former chief nurse at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has been found guilty of misconduct.

Billy Zane created artworks using locally sourced materials while filming Titanic

Arts observations: Billy Zane turns to action painting

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Architecture needs you! 'Heritage army' enlisted for big survey of England’s 345,000 Grade II listed buildings

English Heritages' annual 'at-risk' survey has found 5,700 listed buildings or sites deemed to be imperilled by neglect or decay, a fall of 131 from the previous year

Staffordshire Police to wear video cameras on patrol

All frontline officers, special constables and PCSOs will be required to wear video cameras on their uniforms when on patrol in a bid to boost a force’s “integrity”.

Gillian Astbury died in Stafford Hospital, aged 66, because nurses failed to give her insulin

Scandal-plagued Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust admits death of diabetic patient Gillian Astbury

66-year-old died in April 2007 after nurses failed to give her insulin

Microlight pilot killed after crashing into electricity pylon

A man has died after his “microlight” aircraft crashed into an electricity pylon in Staffordshire.

The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

General Medical Council drops cases against four Mid Staffs doctors

Legal advisors said there was 'no realistic prospect' of securing a finding against them

Chief constable Suzette Davenport and murder victim Kevin Nunes

Top officers may face charges over cover-up claims

Police chiefs are among force staff who could face prosecution for perverting the course of justice in murder trial

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Coventry fans given hope after supporters' group holds talks over Ricoh Arena return

Sky Blues have begun their Leagie One campaign at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium after Ricoh dispute

Tristram Hunt loves ceramics

Arts observations: The welcome resurgence of a lost art

And a painter of Popes and playboys

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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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