White working classes "should attend citizenship ceremonies to help them feel part of society again"

Alienated white working classes should attend citizenship ceremonies to help them feel part of British society again, says Cameron's poverty tsar Labour MP Frank Field said white working classes are unsure of identitiesHe told conference that English society has 'lost confidence in what it is'Concerns over immigration's impact on white working class communities By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 15:36 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:59 GMT, 5 April 2013 Ideas: Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, said at a symposium that the white working classes are increasingly unsure of their identities The white working classes are so alienated from society that they should attend citizenship ceremonies with immigrants, according to David Cameron’s poverty tsar. Frank Field said some working class people were increasingly unsure of their identities. He suggested that going to the ‘wonderful’ citizenship ceremonies could help them feel like they were part of British society again.

Questions on Jessica Ennis at heart of new "patriotic" test on Britishness for migrants

From Cromwell to Kipling and Ennis, a new 'patriotic' test on Britishness for migrantsGone are questions about public transport, credit cards and job interviewsNew Life in the UK test draws on British culture, history and traditionsIncluded are William the Conqueror, the Reformation and Rudyard Kipling By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 12:59 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 06:29 GMT, 28 January 2013 Migrants who hope to become British citizens will have to learn about 1066 and all that under new citizenship tests, ministers said yesterday. They will be examined on their knowledge of William the Conqueror, the Reformation, Oliver Cromwell and Rudyard Kipling in a reformed version of the tests that must be passed before qualifying for a passport. But some names familiar to schoolchildren will be missed out of the tests developed by the Home Office

Ex soldier Bale Baleiwai sends his medals to Prince Charles after deportation fight leaves family facing financial ruin

Former soldier sends his medals to Prince Charles after fight to stay in the UK leaves his family facing financial ruinBale Baleiwai served in the Army for 12 yearsThe Fijian was refused UK citizenship after he quit the ForcesHis family face ruin after a successful six month fight to stay in the UKHe has returned four medals to the Prince of Wales in disgust By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 09:07 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:43 GMT, 24 January 2013 A Fijian soldier who spent 13 years in the Army has sent his four medals to the Prince of Wales after a fight against deportation from the UK left him facing bankruptcy. Bale Baleiwai, 32, sent the medals to Prince Charles with a letter saying that they had lost their meaning because of the treatment received by him and his British wife and children.

Mahdi Hashi: Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months

Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months in African prison Mahdi Hashi, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences By Robert Verkaik PUBLISHED: 00:39 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 GMT, 6 January 2013 A British man controversially stripped of his citizenship last year by the Home Secretary has spent three months being interrogated by US agents in an African prison. Mahdi Hashi, 23, from London, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences. His sudden appearance in America five months after his family had reported him missing has prompted claims that he is the victim of international kidnap or ‘rendition’.

Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit France for Russia over plight of elephants with tuberculosis

Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit France for Russia over plight of elephants with tuberculosis Actress is furious over plans to put down Baby and Nepal in Lyon zooSupports Gerard Depardieu who is in a row with the government over taxesActor was granted Russian citizenship earlier this week By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:14 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:19 GMT, 5 January 2013 Brigitte Bardot yesterday threatened to follow actor Gerard Depardieu in taking Russian citizenship unless two elephants are reprieved from being put down.

Makes you proud to be British: The dogging smurf, the crazy-golf Hitler, Whitney"s shrine in flames and a very obese cannibal. Yes, it"s…

Makes you proud to be British: The dogging smurf, the crazy-golf Hitler and a very obese cannibal. Yes, it's Uncle Rich's quiz on the stories that really mattered in 2012 | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 26 December 2012 Never mind the royal baby, the bungled Budget and the BBC in crisis.

Schools should axe citizenship lessons and teach more British history, say MPs as they bid to half decline in the subject

Schools should axe citizenship lessons and teach more British history, say MPs as they bid to half decline in the subject Cross-party group of MPs calling on Education Secretary to introduce measures to boost history teaching In 2010, fewer than 30 per cent of 16-year-olds at state schools did GCSE history | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 10 December 2012 Forgotten figure: Last year only half of English 18-24 year olds knew that Nelson led the Royal Navy to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar Schools should axe Labour’s citizenship classes and devote more time to British history studies, MPs will say today. The idea is one of a string of measures being put forward to reverse the decline in history teaching which has seen the subject all but disappear in state schools in some parts of the country. Research by the All-Party History Group found that fewer than 30 per cent of 16-year-olds in state schools were entered for the GCSE in 2010, compared with 55 per cent of pupils in grammar schools and 48 per cent in private schools.

Tim Smits: Australian graphic designer stabbed defending vulnerable women on bus told to leave UK

Australian graphic designer who was stabbed defending vulnerable women on bus is told to leave Britain after UK Border Agency ignore pleas for compassionTim Smits, 33, was knifed in the leg and stomach trying to protect a pregnant woman and elderly passengers on a busThe graphic designer had asked UK Border Agency for an extension to his visa after he spent months recovering from the attack | UPDATED: 21:22 GMT, 6 December 2012 A hero stabbed as he tried to protect a pregnant woman and elderly passengers from a gang of yobs has been told to leave the country because he has outstayed his visa. Tim Smits, 33, was knifed in the stomach and leg defending the victims, but the graphic designer has been told to return to Australia by the UK Border Agency. He was honoured by a national charity and given a citizenship award after he intervened to stop yobs picking on elderly women with shopping trollies in September last year

Canadian boss for Bank of England: City stunned as Osborne snubs tainted British candidates to hire first ever foreign governor

Canadian boss for Bank of England: City stunned as Osborne snubs tainted British candidates to hire first ever foreign governor Governor of the Bank of Canada to cross the Atlantic to take charge at Threadneedle Street next yearChancellor George Osborne makes surprise announcement in a statement to the Commons Accepting the job, the 47-year-old says he is 'honoured' to take over at a 'critical time' for the British economyTotal pay and perks package expected to be 624,000-a-year | UPDATED: 23:38 GMT, 26 November 2012 George Osborne yesterday named a Canadian as the next governor of the Bank of England – the first overseas appointment to Britain’s most prestigious financial post. In a move which stunned City observers, Mark Carney, who runs the Bank of Canada and once worked for Goldman Sachs, will take over from Sir Mervyn King at the end of next June.