News Mr Starmer stood down last month and has gone back to private practice

Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

Teenager dies after holiday fall

A teenager who fell from the seventh floor of an apartment block in Majorca has died, the Foreign Office confirmed today.

Business Diary: Friends across the ocean

It's good to see our friends in the US are keen to kiss and make up now that BP finally seems to be getting its act together over the Gulf oil spill. Simon Hobbs and Mark Haines, the anchors of CNBC's Squawk on the Street, have taken to wearing ties emblazoned with the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes.

Hamish McRae: We have to plan for a bigger population

So by 2051 Britain's population is to grow to nearly 78 million and ethnic minorities will rise from 8 per cent at the 2001 census to 20 per cent. These are two key conclusions from some research by a team in the geography department at the University of Leeds – a thorough piece of work that should illuminate a debate that has up to now generated more heat than light.

Minority group numbers set to rise to 20 per cent

Ethnic minorities will make up a fifth of the population by 2051, according to research published today.

Revealed: the wasp species impervious to evolution

Evolution has not altered the fig wasp in 34 million years, scientists have discovered.

Radical plan to combat global warming 'may raise temperatures'

A controversial proposal to create artificial white clouds over the ocean in order to reflect sunlight and counter global warming could make matters worse, scientists have warned.

Christopher McCabe: What lessons can we learn from this?

Medicines to treat MS, developed in the 1990s, were an early example of the new biotechnology drugs, synthesised in the laboratory. Hundreds are now coming on to the market at prices that make those charged for the MS drugs look pretty small beer. Instead of £10,000 a patient a year we are looking at £25,000 up to £60,000 or more.

Leslie Hodson: Particle physicist and pioneer in the study of cosmic rays

Leslie Hodson was an experimental particle physicist who developed cloud- and spark-chamber techniques in the study of cosmic rays.

Man jailed for setting fire to fancy dress student

A man who set fire to a university student dressed as a sheep because he was "trying to get a laugh" was today jailed for five years.

Mobile phones do not raise risk of brain tumours, say scientists

Biggest study ever into link between handset use and cancer finds no evidence they are connected, reports Steve Connor

The youth trend that's not for couch potatoes

See the world and learn how to grow organic produce at the same time. Rachel Shields reports on the rise of the global wwoofer

Edward Lyons: Politician ahead of his time in championing human rights

One of the reasons why Bradford East constituency Labour Party selected Edward Lyons as their candidate in 1966 was that as the son of poor immigrants from Russia he was likely to empathise with the problems of those who had arrived in Bradford from the sub-continent and elsewhere.

Alastair Hay: It is vital America discloses what weapons were deployed

There clearly is a problem in Fallujah as far as the health of newborn children is concerned. Doctors and residents in the city are convinced that many more children than usual are being born with deformities. So great is the concern that some doctors are apparently advising mothers living in the city not to have children. If this is indeed the case the problem could hardly be more serious.

Ex-MP Edward Lyons dies

A former MP who left Labour in the 1980s to join the new SDP before later rejoining the party, has died aged 83, his family said today.

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