Thatcher's ideological mentor urged her to run a 'campaign of fear' to cut teenage pregnancies Details discovered in official papers released by the National Archives Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph pressed for a series of 'scare' filmsDubbed the 'Mad Monk', he was one of Thatcher's closest cabinet allies | UPDATED: 14:15 GMT, 28 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher's 'ideological mentor' urged her to run a campaign of fear to deter teenage girls from becoming pregnant, according to newly published files. Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph wanted the Government to produce a series of 'scare' films in an attempt to curb the number of pregnancies among immature adolescents from 'the least good homes'. Joseph – one of Mrs Thatchers closest Cabinet allies – believed a 'sharply rising trend' of bad parenting was a 'major cause of poor education and crime', and he had no doubt who was responsible, according to official papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule
Why do women stop wanting sex Nearly HALF of all women will suffer from lost libido, with devastating consequences, but only now are the reasons are emerging | UPDATED: 02:23 GMT, 27 December 2012 With her stunning looks and voluptuous figure, Nicky Allen is used to turning men's heads. And with three marriages behind her, it's hardly surprising that people assume she must be sexually confident
The changing face of Old St Nick revealed through the last 700 years (but he's always had a big white beard) | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 26 December 2012 After more than 700 years, quite a lot has changed in both the meaning and appearance of Christmas. But when it comes to Old St Nick, ironically with his age, the one thing that may not have changed could very well be his big white beard as this unique collection of historical pictures show.
The Christmas daffodil: Keen gardener discovers spring bloom in his flowerbed just in time for the big day Brian Rickard saw the first daffodil bloom in his Plymouth, Devon, gardenThe keen gardener said that the flowers are his earliest blooms yet | UPDATED: 19:53 GMT, 25 December 2012 While most of the UK continues to be deluged by rain – the early signs of spring have already made an appearance in one Devon town. Keen gardener Brian Rickard saw the first daffodils in his Plymouth, Devon, flowerbeds bloom in time for Christmas. The bright yellow flower made an appearance despite the town enduring 128.8mm of rain already in December – surpassing its monthly average for this time of year of 118.8mm
BBC chiefs to face harsh criticism from Savile inquiry as report over their conduct is published | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 19 December 2012 BBC executives will face stinging criticism today over their handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal. A string of bosses knew that Newsnight had uncovered damning evidence suggesting the late entertainer had systematically targeted young girls for sex.
Setting of Byker Grove youth club to become an Islamic school after council approved plans Grade II-Listed Benwell Towers was bought by BAHR Academy for 400,000Was the setting of BBC series for 17 years but has been empty since 2006The building in Benwell, Newcastle, will cater for 340 boys and girlsAcademy principal welcomed decision by Newcastle City Council to bring derelict building back to life By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 15 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 15 December 2012 A building made famous as the setting for children's series Byker Grove will be transformed into an Islamic school. Plans to convert the former Bishop's Palace into a fee-paying faith school have been given the go-ahead.
Sex texts epidemic: Experts warn sharing explicit photos is corrupting childrenA disturbing investigation has warned that children as young as 13 are routinely swapping intimate photos One boy told Channel 4 News that 'you would have seen a girl's breasts before you've seen their face'A girl told researchers that she gets asked for explicit pictures at least two or three times a week Censors were forced yesterday to announce a crackdown on depraved films amid fears they distort boys views on women | UPDATED: 07:36 GMT, 11 December 2012 Disturbing: A new report has found that boys and girls as young as 13 are routinely swapping explicit photos of themselves a practice known as 'sexting' Boys and girls as young as 13 routinely swap explicit pictures of themselves, a disturbing investigation reveals today. Children are now so sexualised the practice has become ‘mundane and mainstream’
Outrage at Hallmark birthday card for 13-year-old girls which says they'd get a boyfriend if they had 'bigger boobies' | UPDATED: 19:37 GMT, 8 December 2012 Card company Hallmark UK apologised yesterday after an author posted a picture on Twitter of a risqu card for teen girls that said they'd get a boyfriend if they had 'bigger boobies'. The card, printed by Hallmark acquisition Creative Publishing, reads in full: 'You're 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend he'd give you diamonds and rubies.
Naked man pinned down burglar and held him until police arrived during raid on flatHouseholder Tom Best, 22, rugby tackled burglar Delroy Daley to the floor Best kept Daley pinned to the ground until police arrived at his Middlesbrough home Daley was yesterday jailed for four years at Teesside Crown Court | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 7 December 2012 A naked homeowner tackled a burglar in his own home and pinned him down until police arrived, a court heard.
Stuart Hall is charged with sex attacks on young girls: It's A Knockout host facing claims dating back decades Veteran broadcaster was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, yesterday morning Hall charged by detectives investigating historical allegations of indecent assault relating to three different girls aged between 8 and 17Alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1974 and 1984Former presenter was this evening bailed to appear in court on January 7 | UPDATED: 22:49 GMT, 5 December 2012 Veteran TV and radio presenter Stuart Hall was last night charged with indecently assaulting three girls.