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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.”

The police faces fresh scrutiny over integrity and standards after it emerged that forces had ignored guidelines to fuel a boom in second jobs for officers and staff.

Sharp fall in number of police officers under 26

The number of young officers serving in police forces has fallen by almost half in two years because of the pressure on senior officers to cut budgets, according to new figures.

Take Me Out contestants evicted from mansion after raucous party

They're single, and ready to mingle.

Stafford hospital where, it is claimed, up to 1,200 patients died when the NHS trust became preoccupied with targets

Wide-ranging NHS reforms to be recommended by report into scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

Report will suggest hospitals that cover up mistakes by doctors and poor treatment of patients should face fines and possible closure

Death of woman whose body was found in the street is 'unexplained' say police

The death of a woman whose body was found in the street early today is being treated as unexplained, police have said.

Car overturns near scene of fatal Christmas Day M6 crash

A car has overturned near the scene of a fatal motorway accident, just days after it happened.

Threat of jail for woman who shouted at her husband

A woman has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order after she repeatedly kept her neighbours awake at night by shouting at her husband.

Gold and silver discovered in latest find at Staffordshire Saxon treasure hoard site

Around 90 new pieces of gold and silver have been unearthed in the field where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure was found three years ago.

Hunt concerned over 'pockets of failure' in NHS

Catastrophic failings that led to the deaths of hundreds of patients at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust may be occurring in hospitals elsewhere in the UK, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warns today.

The current cold snap is projected to last well into this week

Frost and snow as the cold snap continues

More parts of Britain were expected to wake up to snow on Monday morning, with the current cold snap projected to last well into this week.

Liverpool team’s new shape has left the captain unsure of his role and responsibility

Brendan Rodgers tells struggling Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to act natural

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has spoken for the first time about Steven Gerrard's poor form this season and said that the captain's sense of responsibility to the young players in the re-shaped team may be on his mind.

Mark Clattenburg, during the match which led to the devastating accusation of racism

Bruce Buck holds Mark Clattenburg talks as Chelsea seek to rebuild ties following 'racism' allegations

Chelsea made the first move towards a reconciliation with referee Mark Clattenburg when the club's chairman, Bruce Buck, paid him a personal visit yesterday.

Secret policeman's ballot: the polling stations where NO ONE turned up

Commissioner elections embarrass Government

Campaign launched for memorial to volunteer nurses who lost lives in world wars

The 1,500 volunteer nurses who lost their lives during the world wars could finally be honoured with a permanent memorial, thanks to campaign by former colleagues.

Pte Phillip Hewett, 21, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. His mother says the Ministry of Defence failed to protect him

Exclusive: Supreme Court to rule on a soldier's right to life

Landmark case could put new obligation on MoD to protect troops

Stuart Lancaster casts his eye over his England side

Stuart Lancaster forced to reshuffle England pack after Jonathan Joseph and Tom Palmer blows

Injury and suspension may be the bane of a coach's life, but they take the pain out of team selection. The failure of the London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph to complete Monday's training session at the England base in Surrey effectively ruled him out of next Saturday's meeting with Fiji at Twickenham, thereby sparing Stuart Lancaster and his back-room staff an awkward decision in midfield. It now seems certain that Brad Barritt of Saracens and Leicester's Manu Tuilagi will be reunited in the back division.

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