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
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
Gove faces war with equality activists as he axes Labour's PC curriculum that dropped greatest figures from history lessons Historic figures, including Winston Churchill, Oliver Cromwell and Lord Nelson will again feature in history lessonsThe 'back-to-basics' shakeup will see overhaul of social reformers like Jamaican-born nurse Mary SeacoleFears that the reforms, spearheaded by Education Secretary Michael Gove, could anger equality rights activists | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 29 December 2012 Some of the greatest figures in Britain’s past are to be restored to their rightful place in history, thanks to an overhaul of the school curriculum. The likes of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill had been dropped from history lessons under the last Labour Government in a move critics said was driven by ‘political correctness’. But under a new ‘back-to-basics’ shake-up, pupils will again have to study these traditional historic figures – and not social reformers such as Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole and former black slave Olaudah Equiano, who were introduced into the 2007 curriculum.