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
NHS chief 'must go' over hospital horror: Relatives of patients who died demand his resignation Probe into deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public inquiry will say trust run under culture of fear, bullying and secrecy By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 11:55 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 7 January 2013 The head of the NHS is facing calls to resign over his role in one of the worst hospital scandals in history. Sir David Nicholson helped appoint the chief executive who presided over Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust at a time when up to 1,200 patients died through neglect
When the police lie about politicians, we should ALL be very worried | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 21 December 2012 Big wheel: Andrew Mitchell arriving at Downing Street on his bike This week’s claim that a policeman fabricated evidence to corroborate a damaging account by fellow officers about the former Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is truly shocking. If society can’t trust the police to tell the truth, then we are in danger of crossing the very thin line that separates civilisation from anarchy. It goes without saying that most police officers are brave and dedicated individuals who possess the highest motives.
Judge condemns 'endemic' knife culture as gang who battered victim with brandy and champagne bottles before stabbing him to death are jailed for 93 yearsGang stabbed Kelvin Chibueze repeatedly with a foot-long blade Judge criticises 'cowardice and moral bankruptcy' on both sides of the row The teenage victim's best friends refuse to testify against his murderers | UPDATED: 15:27 GMT, 20 December 2012 Mass brawl: Kelvin Chibueze,17, was stabbed repeatedly with a foot-long blade Four killers stabbed a teenager to death after chasing him out of a nightclub brandishing champagne and brandy bottles. Kelvin Chibueze, 17, rushed out of a private party at an east London venue after he was attacked in a mass brawl involving knives and bar stools. But the youth tripped outside a Lidl supermarket and the rival gang members sat on his legs to stop him running away before stabbing him repeatedly with a foot-long blade
We want exemption on gay marriage too: Angry Muslims demand government treats them the same as Church of England | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 18 December 2012 Muslim leaders yesterday criticised controversial plans to allow gay marriages – and demanded they should have the same legal exemption as the Church of England. The Muslim Council of Britain, which represents 500 mosques and community organisations, claimed the law was ‘utterly discriminatory’ and said they were ‘appalled’ by it
Europe's most exotic city It's Manchester! 153 languages spoken by a population of 500,000 Rivalled only by New York and Paris for ethnic and linguistic mix Indian and West African languages, Uyghur and Nahuati spokenStudy says number will only increase as students flood city | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 16 December 2012 Diverse: A study has found 153 languages are spoken in Manchester Its detractors try to portray it as a cold, wet and sometimes insular place. But Manchester is actually one of the most exotic cities in the world, researchers claim
Read all about it: First glimpse inside British Library's new home for its UK national newspaper collectionCulture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a sneak peek of the British Library's new Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, Wetherby, West YorkshireThe state of the art facility will be controlled by robotic shelves and features humidity, temperature and oxygen controls | UPDATED: 10:30 GMT, 14 December 2012 With its neck-achingly high ceilings and vast amounts of space, this giant warehouse could be used to store almost anything.
Minister faces inquiry over 90,000 expenses: After aide is accused of threatening newspaper, watchdog steps in Cabinet minister claimed 90,718 for London home where parents also livedBasingstoke MP under pressure after her spin doctor 'tried to kill story' Mrs Miller is the minister spearheading gay marriage plan | UPDATED: 08:19 GMT, 14 December 2012 Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expense claims investigated by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to have her expenses investigated by the Commons watchdog. The office of John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, said he was opening an inquiry following a complaint that Mrs Miller had claimed more than 90,000 in second home allowances towards the cost of a house where her parents lived. The complaint was lodged earlier this week by Labour MP John Mann, who claimed the arrangement was ‘identical’ to that of former Labour minister Tony McNulty, who in 2009 was required to repay more than 13,000 claimed on a second home occupied by his parents.
Viva Forever Let’s hope it’s dead by Easter | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 13 December 2012 Good for the Spice Girls. They may just have performed their greatest service
Read all about it: First glimpse inside British Library's new home for its UK national newspaper collectionCulture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a sneak peek of the British Library's new Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, Wetherby, West YorkshireThe state of the art facility will be controlled by robotic shelves and features humidity, temperature and oxygen controls | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 13 December 2012 With its neck-achingly high ceilings and vast amounts of space, this giant warehouse could be used to store almost anything. But this is no ordinary building – it will soon be packed to the rafters with millions and millions of pages of local and national newspapers from as far back as the 16th century. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a first glimpse at the British Library's enormous new Newspaper Storage Facility at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.