Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history

Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

Kate Middleton and Prince William"s Sandringham home to have privacy protecting trees and rooms for police

Trees protecting their privacy and new rooms for police: Plans unveiled for Kate and William's future Sandringham homeWill have a pergola and shrubbery to shield their homeNorfolk mansion will have extensive changesSprawling property will be used by royal couple and their growing family By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 11:12 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 2 April 2013 As Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for the birth of their first child, the royal couple have made a host of changes to the Norfolk mansion that is expected to be their new home. Royal officials submitted a secret planning application for substantial changes at the Grade II listed Anmer Hall, which the Queen is reportedly planning to gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council have approved plans to transform the home on Her Majesty's private Sandringham Estate

Nick Clegg would face 150,000-a-year bill for his official country retreat under his own mansion tax plan

Nick Clegg would face 150,000-a-year bill for his official country retreat under his own mansion tax plan The Deputy Prime Minister is entitled to use Chevening House – worth 15mProperties worth more than 2m would be charged one per cent annual tax By Mail On Sunday Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:48 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 3 March 2013 The Deputy Prime Minister shares the use of Chevening House with Foreign Secretary William Hague as a perk of his Cabinet position Nick Clegg's plan to introduce a mansion tax on expensive properties would mean a charge of 150,000 a year on his country retreat Chevening House, it was revealed last night. The Deputy Prime Minister is entitled to use Chevening, which has 115 rooms and is set in 3,500 acres of Kent countryside, as a perk of his Cabinet position.

Revealed: One in four of UK"s top companies pay no tax

Revealed: One in four of the UK's top companies pay no tax while we give THEM millions in credits tax year, about nine per cent of the total tax take. In comparison, income taxes raised 151 billion (32 per cent of the total), while VAT raised 98 billion (21 per cent). The companies who got a credit from the taxman were Experian, RSA Insurance Group, security group G4S, telecoms firm Vodafone, aerospace and defence group Rolls-Royce and engineering company IMI.

Husband Mark Howell loses fight to prevent wife divorcing him over a row about her map reading skills on wine tasting trip to France

Husband loses fight to prevent wife divorcing him over a row about her map reading skills on wine tasting trip to FranceMark Howell and his wife argued after getting lost on French country roadsFamily judge admitted he has similar rows with his own wife Appeal court refused Mr Howell permission to appeal divorce By James Rush PUBLISHED: 13:12 GMT, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 25 February 2013 Ruling: Property investor Mark Howell, pictured outside London's Civil Appeal Court, has been refused permission to appeal his divorce A businessman whose wife divorced him after an argument about her holiday map-reading skills has failed in a legal fight to prevent their marriage ending – despite a family judge admitting he has similar rows with his own wife. Property investor, Mark Howell, 60, and his then wife, 51-year old Nalini, argued after getting lost on country road in France while on a wine tasting trip to Burgundy, in August 2011, London's Civil Appeal Court heard

The incredible moment NINE golfers sank simultaneous putts in the SAME HOLE

The incredible moment NINE golfers sink simultaneous putts in the SAME HOLE By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:26 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:52 GMT, 18 February 2013 This is the incredible moment nine golfing students sank simultaneous putts, one after the other, in the same hole. One golfer sinking a single putt on command can be challenging – even the pros miss their shots at key moments. However, nine seniors in Campbell University's PGA Golf Management program managed to time the feat just right so that each one hit a hard line into the cup.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge"s with 40 officials

Afghan president tells his ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge's (suite 7,000 a night) with entourage of 40, and you pick up the bill Hamid Karzai issued decree telling officials to cut back on expensive tripsSame day he checks into exclusive London hotel costing up to 7k a nightAfghan premier was in UK for peace talks with Pakistan president Zardari By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 10:21 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 9 February 2013 His war-torn country is one of the poorest in the world. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai showed he has a taste for the finer things in life this week – by asking the British taxpayer to put him and his 40-strong entourage up at Claridge’s during a stay in London

Queen has "earmarked" country house on Sandringham estate for William and Kate

Plenty of room for the little ones! Queen has 'earmarked' huge country house on Sandringham estate for William and Kate Anmer Hall sits in the grounds of the Sandringham estate and is just two miles east of the Queen's Sandringham House By Emily Allen PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:55 GMT, 6 January 2013 The Queen is to gift one of her most charming properties to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they prepare to welcome their first child. She is reportedly making plans to hand over Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, to the royal couple

Take Me Out contestants evicted from 1.5million country mansion after weekend long party gets out of hand

Take Me Out contestants evicted from 1.5million country mansion after weekend party got out of hand Police were called to the party in Tutbury, StaffordshireAround 100 contestants were asked to leave by owners and policeOne party-goer said that the raucous bash 'got out of hand' By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 13:32 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 GMT, 6 January 2013 Hit: Contestants from ITV1 show Take Me Out were thrown out of a 1.5million country mansion after a weekend long party got out of hand and police were called.