Police must not treat 17-year-olds like adults, High Court rules in blow to Home Secretary"s custody rules

Police must not treat 17-year-olds like adults, High Court rules in blow to Home Secretary's custody rules High Court rules that 17-year-olds must have the same protections as children in custodyTheresa May has opposed a change in the lawParents of children who committed suicide after run-ins with police By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 GMT, 25 April 2013 Police must not treat 17-year-olds as adults when taken into custody under a High Court ruling today.

Lord Ahmed suspended over claims he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail sentence

Labour suspends controversial peer over claims he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail sentenceLord Ahmed was jailed in 2009 for dangerous driving after texting minutes before a fatal crashInterview emerges where he links his prosecution to Jewish-owned mediaLabour condemns anti-Semitism and suspends 55-year-old form the party By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:48 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:51 GMT, 14 March 2013 Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party over reports that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his jail sentence A Muslim peer has been suspended from the Labour Party for allegedly blaming his prison sentence for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy. Lord Ahmed was sentenced to three months for sending text messages shortly before his car was in a motorway crash that killed a father of two. But, in an extraordinary rant on Pakistani television, Lord Ahmed is alleged to have blamed his imprisonment on pressure from Jews ‘who own newspapers and TV channels’

Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today"s crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result

Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result Polls open in Hampshire town to elect successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris HuhneContest billed as three-horse race between Lib Dems, Tories and UKIPLib Dems thought win was 'in the bag' until allegations emerged against ex-chief executive Lord RennardTories fear they could be forced into third place by a surging UKIP By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 08:54 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 28 February 2013 Panicked Liberal Democrats launched a drive to persuade their supporters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears voters will desert them in protest at the Lord Rennard scandal. Voters go to the polls in the Hampshire seat today to choose a successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, who quit after being warned he faces jail for pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice. The Lib Dems are battling to see off challenges from the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party, who claim they could be on course for a historic first Commons win

Tube passenger catches Miliband taking a quick afternoon nap on London Underground

Missing the ministerial car, David Tube passenger catches Miliband taking a quick afternoon nap on the London Underground Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband spotted on train last monthElectrician sat opposite MP for South Shields on Piccadilly line at 3pmMiliband spotted travelling from Leicester Square to South Kensington By Mark Duell and Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 11:22 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:31 GMT, 7 February 2013 Flies Undone: Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, 47, was caught out while travelling on the London Underground last month In one of his more unguarded moments, former foreign secretary David Miliband has been spotted taking a nap on the Tube. Labour's Mr Miliband, 47, was caught out while travelling on the London Underground’s Piccadilly line at 3pm last month between Leicester Square and South Kensington.

David Cameron reveals battle to stop his sweet-toothed children from drinking too much Coca-Cola

David Cameron reveals battle to stop his sweet-toothed children from drinking 'excessive' amounts of Coca-ColaPrime Minister challenged over high levels of sugar in junk foodLabour MP Keith Vaz warns of obesity epidemic By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 16:29 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 GMT, 17 January 2013 It is a problem which will be familiar to many parents: how to curb junk food. Today David Cameron lifted the lid on his own battle to stop his three children drinking too many fizzy drinks

Almost 6,000 drivers have licences torn up because they cannot SEE the road properly

Almost 6,000 drivers have licences torn up because they cannot SEE the road properlyNumber of motorists banned from driving for poor eyesight jumps 10 per cent in a yearLabour MP Meg Munn calls for 'robust measures' to ensure road safety In 2010 poor eyesight caused 2,874 road accident causalities By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 10:53 GMT, 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:53 GMT, 29 December 2012 Almost 6,000 drivers have been banned from the road because they cannot see properly, new figures show. The number of licences revoked or blocked soared by 10 per cent higher in 2011, amid growing fears about the eyesight of thousands of people who climb behind the wheel. Officials tore up 5,285 licences for cars and motorbikes and 685 lorry and bus drivers last year because holders could not pass a standard eye test

Autumn Statement: Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the "generous" welfare state is over

Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the 'generous' welfare state is over Pensions minister Steve Webb warns the state of the nation's finances means 'difficult decisions' had to be made George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to say rises in working age benefits will be capped at 1 per cent from April 2013 Chancellor said the cap would be enshrined in law – forcing Labour to decide whether to oppose limits which polls indicate will be welcomed by the public By Matt Chorley and Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 6 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 7 December 2012 ‘ Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb said the state of the public finances meant benefits could not be as 'generous' as they were in the past Labour is refusing to back the unprecedented cuts to welfare benefits outlined by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. Ministers have insisted that Britain can no longer afford the ‘generous’ handouts of the past, but in its verdict on the statement, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that its effect will be to take from the poor and give to the middle.

Parents who "brainwashed" their three children to hide years of horrific abuse face jail

Parents who 'brainwashed' their three children to hide years of horrific abuse face jail The Chorley, Lancashire, couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, subjected their children to years of abuse but convinced them that their sadistic punishments were 'horseplay'The parents were convicted of four counts of child cruelty having previously admitted five similar offences | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Horrific: A care worker and her husband hid years of abuse by 'brainwashing' their children into thinking their punishments were 'horseplay' (file picture) A care-home worker and her husband who subjected their children to years of horrific abuse were facing jail yesterday after being convicted of cruelty. The couple hid their crimes for years by lying to social services and ‘brainwashing’ their daughter and two sons into believing their sadistic punishments were ‘horseplay’, a court heard. Details of their shocking attacks included: ■ Pressing red-hot spoons against their children’s skin and holding knives to their necks; ■ Beating them with belt buckles and metal coat-hangers; ■ Making their daughter sleep in a tent for three weeks in freezing conditions after wetting her bed; and ■ Stabbing her with a dirty needle and telling her she would die of Aids.