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.
Rise of 'white flight': British families are 'self-segregating' as more Caucasians abandon urban areas for the countryside Trend has gone largely unnoticed because city centres appear diverseWell-off whites from diverse areas are moving to outer suburbs in drovesResearchers say better schools, fresher air and background may be factors By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 12:55 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 27 January 2013 Britain is 'self-segregating' as white families flee urban areas for the countryside and outer suburbs. The trend is causing an 'ethnic cliff', in which the proportion of households from minority backgrounds is vastly different in areas just a few miles apart. Some outer London boroughs – including Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge – have seen their white British population drop by as much as a quarter over the past decade
Economy SHRANK by 0.3% at the end of 2012, raising fears of a triple-dip recessionOffice for National Statistics announces negative growth for final quarter of last yearResulsts mean there was no growth overall for the whole of 2012 Nick Clegg admits government was wrong to cut funding for big building projects, damaging jobs and growth Boris Johnson says it is time to 'junk the rhetoric of austerity'IMF chief economist says the Chancellor should use the Budget in March to 'take stock' and change course , raising fears of a triple-dip recession. The figures are a devastating blow to David Cameron and George Osborne who were last night seen dining out in the Davos ski resort hours after being told of the grim economic figures.
Unions now provide 81% of donations to Labour as they have given 20million since Miliband became leaderIt marks a steep 22 per cent rise from Gordon Brown's leadershipTories claim Ed Miliband is even further in thrall to union baronsLargest donor is Unite with 7.5 million given over two years | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 31 December 2012 Labour has banked more than 20million in funding from unions since Ed Miliband became leader. The money accounts for 81 per cent of donations to the party over the past two years. It marks a steep rise from Gordon Brown's leadership, when unions provided 59 per cent of donations to the party.
Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show 'sobriety' Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go aheadTraders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money. French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning. If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am
Two decades on, a concert for Stephen: Emeli Sande to perform alongside other high-profile acts2013 tribute concert will raise funds for charitable trust set up in the name of the murdered teenagerSoul singer will perform at O2 on April 18Other events include a memorial service, dinners and memorial lectures | UPDATED: 08:36 GMT, 21 December 2012 Victim: The SL20 concert will take place on April 18 at London's O2 arena. It will raise funds for the charity set up in the name of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence Award-winning soul singer Emeli Sande – who performed at the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – will headline a star-studded concert to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The SL20 Concert, which will feature a number of other high profile acts, is due to take place at London’s O2 arena on April 18 next year.
Fewer than one in ten women stay at home to look after their childrenLatest census figures show 300,000 fewer staying home than thought Concerns for well-being of mothers and impact on toddlers in day careStay-at-home figures dropped from 17 per cent of women 20 years ago | UPDATED: 01:37 GMT, 17 December 2012 Fewer than one in ten woman of working age are staying at home to look after their children and families The stay-at-home mother is fast becoming consigned to history, according to the latest census figures. Returns showed there are 300,000 fewer than officials had previously estimated, with those who devote their lives to bringing up families now reduced to a tiny minority
Immigration and Labour’s unforgivable betrayal of the British people | UPDATED: 08:49 GMT, 13 December 2012 The 2011 census figures for England and Wales broadly confirm what we already knew. Since the previous census in 2001 there was an unprecedented surge in the number of immigrants coming to this country
New Bank of England boss hints he will tear up rule book to get the economy movingCanadian Mark Carney suggests inflation target could be ditched to focus on unemploymentGood news for mortgage holders as new Bank governor hints at low rates for years to comeHe will replace Sir Mervyn King in June next year | UPDATED: 13:48 GMT, 12 December 2012 Mark Carney, the new Bank of England governor, said it might be necessary to abandon the inflation target to prioritise growth The Canadian who will take over the Bank of England has suggested he will be more aggressive in trying to get the British economy moving. Mark Carney hinted that he thought boosting growth is more important than keeping inflation under control.
Patrick Moore and why knowledge trumps the vacuous appeal of celebrity | UPDATED: 07:37 GMT, 11 December 2012 The passing of Patrick Moore, stargazer, great British eccentric and professional grump, leaves David Attenborough as the last survivor of the golden age of telly-teachers. For half a century, the small screen, and especially the BBC portion of it, boasted a galaxy of presenters whose unembarrassed mission was to deliver sparkling lectures on things they knew a lot about: astronomy, wildlife, science, history, art, gardening. Their programmes were unlike almost anything nowadays, on two counts