MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament"s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off


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MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament’s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off Commons will not sit again until Queen's Speech on May 8MPs will be in Westminster for eight days before 10-day Whitsun holiday For first 150 days of 2013, Commons will convene just 64 times By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:32 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 GMT, 26 April 2013 DM.has('shareLink', 'shareLinks', { 'id': '2315155', 'title': 'MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament's only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off', 'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315155/MPs-decide-ANOTHER-week-break-Parliaments-10-days-fortnight-off.html', 'eTwitterStatus': 'MPs%20decide%20to%20take%20ANOTHER%20two%20week%20break:%20Parliament's%20only%20been%20back%20for%2010%20days%20since%20their%20last%20…%20http://bit.ly/11Hr5Zs%20via%[email protected]' }); MPs have ignored warnings that they risk looking lazy and today begin another two-week holiday. The latest break comes just days since the Commons' two and a half week Easter recess

NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims


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NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 April 2013 The NHS has been left with a multi-billion-pound bill after an avalanche of legal claims following medical blunders.

4.5m pay rise for U.S. boss of Cadbury"s who snubbed MPs: Salary jumps from 14.4m to 18.9m

4.5m pay rise for U.S. boss of Cadbury's who snubbed MPs: Salary jump to 18.9m works out at 31.5% Irene Rosenfeld, head of American owners Kraft, gets 31.5 per cent pay riseProvoked anger with ruthless takeover of confectioner in 2010Has refused to explain actions to House of Commons select committee , she ended up wielding the axe a few weeks later

Police are wasting millions on kit because they can"t agree on standard issue handcuffs, boots or Hi-vis jackets


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Police are wasting millions on kit because they can't agree on standard issue handcuffs, boots or hi-vis jackets Disagreed on basic things, such as how many pockets a uniform needsSome forces are paying 400% more than others for a hi-vis jacketForces differed on whether they wanted a steel or black finish on handcuffsJustice minister Damian Green estimates they will now save 110million through better procurement ” class=”blkBorder” /> Damian Green estimates that the force will have saved 110million by March 2012 through better procurement On handcuffs, forces differed on whether they preferred the steel finish or a black colour, and how the two cuffs should be linked together. Some forces spent just 14 on a set of cuffs, compared to 43 in the most spendthrift constabulary

Man with no shame, Sir David Nicholson, "must share blame" over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admits


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Man with no shame Sir David Nicholson 'must share blame' over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admitsJeremy Hunt changes stance on chief executive of the health serviceUp to 1,200 people died needlessly because of poor care By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 14 March 2013 The most powerful man in the NHS ‘bears some responsibility’ for the tragedy at Mid Staffordshire, the Health Secretary admitted for the first time yesterday. Jeremy Hunt acknowledged Sir David Nicholson’s failings while running the regional health authority.

HMRC accused of missing its target "by a mile" during crackdown on tax fraud and error


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HMRC accused of missing its target 'by a mile' in attempted crackdown on tax credit fraud and error 2.27billion lost in 2010/11 due to tax credit fraud and error despite efforts to curb lossesTax bosses had hoped to reduce losses by 1.4billion But they only cut 500million as a fifth of cases resulted in overpayment Margaret Hodge said that senior officials needed to 'get a grip' and resolve 'deeply worrying' issues By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 01:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 14 February 2013 A HMRC crackdown on tax credit fraud and error missed its target 'by a mile', as tax bosses failed to stop losses of more than 850 million. Despite instigating a plan to tackle inefficiencies, error was still rife in the taxation system throughout 2010/11 as 2.27 billion was lost. Watchdogs criticised the failed approach, demanding that tax bosses 'get a grip' and saying that the money could have been spent on 'schools and hospitals'.

Boy, 16, stabbed to death near housing estate in central London


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Boy, 16, stabbed to death near housing estate in central London Police called to Pimlico at 6:50pm last night after reports of a stabbing Boy taken to south London hospital but died two hours later at 8:45pmNo arrests made yet and detectives keeping 'open mind' in investigation By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:10 GMT, 28 January 2013 A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death last night near a housing estate in central London. Police were called to the scene on Lupus Street in Pimlico at 6:50pm after reports of a stabbing and the youth was taken to a hospital in south London where he later died at 8:45pm. A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline early this morning that detectives were keeping an ‘open mind’ in their investigations over the death and no arrests had yet been made.

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


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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

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building


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Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building At least five truncheons were found while two people brought in cannabis Over 100 people had knives on them when entering Palace of Westminster | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 31 December 2012 A meat cleaver, a catapult, and three swords were among hundreds of deadly weapons visitors have tried to smuggle into the Houses of Parliament, it has been revealed. At least five truncheons and two sets of knuckle-dusters have also been confiscated at Westminster's entry checkpoints sine the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request, as were two amounts of cannabis. According to the data, no suspected explosive devices were uncovered at checkpoints and no real firearms, but three imitation guns were picked up – one in 2010, one in 2011 and one this year

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga


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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 21 December 2012 It was a shameless display of sneering arrogance. In his interview on the Radio 4 Today programme yesterday, everyone, according to Lord Patten, was to blame for the BBC’s shortcomings over the Savile and McAlpine scandals but the Trust chairman himself. The primary target of his scorn was the Commons Public Accounts Committee, which he twice accused of ‘shabby’ behaviour for daring to criticise the 450,000 severance deal – double the legal entitlement – that he authorised to failed Director General George Entwistle