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

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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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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