Flatlining: the Government has been accused by Labour of intentionally 'running down' the NHS

NHS hospitals flatlining: Staff morale falls to new low after Coalition ‘bashing’

Health experts warn Mid-Staffs crisis has taken terrible toll on frontline workers

Vince Cable faces political battering as Royal Mail mulls Moya Greene pay rise

Vince Cable was potentially heading towards another political battering over the flotation of Royal Mail today as the chairman said it should give its chief executive a pay rise beyond her present £1.25 million package.

London commuters face the threat of disruption in the coming weeks

Tube strike threat: Talks aim to halt February walk-outs

Talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground workers over Tube ticket office closures are to be held.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, left, and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness; McGuinness accused unionist parties of 'dancing to the tune of extremists'

First Minister Peter Robinson brands Martin McGuinness a ‘dictator’ over breakdown of talks on future of Northern Ireland

Nationalist leader had blamed unionists for former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass’s failure

Schools Minister David Laws: 'Teachers are paid to work in the classroom'

Education Department recommends schools scrap full-time union reps

Guidance suggests that teachers working as reps should split their duties

David Laws said Labour plans for MOT-style tests on teachers would be a

Labour MOT-style test for teachers would be a 'bureaucratic nightmare' says Schools Minister David Laws

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary unveiled his plans on Wednesday

Cate Blanchett in 'Notes on a scandal', which centered on a sexual relationship between teacher and pupil

Hundreds of teachers accused of having sex with pupils in the last five years

Many allegations are likely to be 'malicious', insist teachers' unions

Reporters raise their hands during French President Francois Hollande's annual news conference

Hollandaise sauce? I’m not sure the British public care for it

The status of Trierweiler, who is paid for by the French taxpayer, is a legitimate matter for enquiry. The rest isn't

Arthur Scargill at a public meeting in London on the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike in 2009

Former NUM leader Arthur Scargill 'tried to buy London flat under Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy scheme'

Miners' union general secretary Chris Kitchen: 'Unfortunately the perception I had of Arthur the great trade unionist, socialist, just is nothing like the reality as to the man that I know now'

A radical proposition would see junior doctors who commit to work in Wales would have their student debt wiped out

Plaid Cymru would wipe out junior doctors' student debt in order to solve Welsh medic shortage

With 26.4 doctors per 10,000 people, Wales has one of the lowest doctor per patient ratios in Europe

Boris Johnson TFL information sign mocks Mayor ahead of planned tube strikes

Criticism comes as tube workers prepare for protests and two 48-hour industrial action

Seeing red in Hamburg: Violence flares as radical left-wing squatters fight to save commune from developers

Tony Paterson reports from one of Europe’s richest cities fast becoming a magnet for a new wave of German activism

Mark Duggan death: Vigil in Tottenham passes peacefully as family renew vow to 'fight for justice'

The steps of Tottenham police station became a platform  for the family and supporters of Mark Duggan to pledge to continue their “fight for justice” today, after the 29-year-old’s killing was ruled lawful by an inquest jury on Wednesday.

Tube strikes loom: workers vote strongly in favour of action against ticket office closure plans

Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

Rev Ian Paisley has moderated his views on certain issues in older age

Cameron was right to 'tell the truth' on Bloody Sunday: Introducing an older, more mellow Rev Ian Paisley

The former firebrand was looked back on his 60-year career in politics during a series of interviews with the BBC

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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