Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance scam

Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance and benefits scamElina Jaksone and Gagik Manucharyan exploited other immigrantsPromised to get them car insurance but lied to secure cheaper dealsCheated taxpayers out of 340,000 by failing to report earnings to HMRCSpent cash on holidays in Jamaica By Hugo Gye and Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 13:09 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 11 April 2013 An immigrant couple who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle have been jailed for what is believed to be the biggest car insurance scam of its kind in Britain. Latvian Elina Jaksone and her Cypriot partner Gagik Manucharyan raked in close to 1million by duping hundreds of innocent motorists with a ‘ghost’ insurance scheme. They offered cut-price insurance by using false details, leaving customers involved in accidents totally exposed and without any of the coverage they paid for

MPs can claim 3,750 on expenses to fly home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons

MPs can claim up to 3,750 on expenses for flying home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons All 650 MPs told they can receive up to 3,750 after Parliament was recalledLabour MPs say debate could have been delayed until next week By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:55 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 10 April 2013 MPs have been told they can claim up to 3,750 if they want to take part in today’s Commons tributes to Baroness Thatcher. Expenses chiefs emailed all 650 MPs to tell them they can receive the sum to cover the cost of returning from their Easter holidays.

Two travellers jailed for exploiting foreigners by making them work without pay and beating them

Family of millionaire travellers jailed for enslaving vulnerable men were handed 500,000 in legal aidTravellers housed vulnerable men in squalid conditions and exploited them They got the taxpayers' cash despite fortune from exploitation John Connors, 31, sentenced to 40 months imprisonment Brother-in-law William Connors, 35, sentenced to 30 months in prison /12/14/article-2248125-1683CA3D000005DC-436_306x706.jpg” width=”306″ height=”706″ alt=”Luxury lifestyle: William and Mary (or Breda) Connors, pictured in Dubai, lived the high life while forcing vulnerable people to obey their every command” class=”blkBorder” /> Luxury lifestyle: William and Mary (or Breda) Connors, pictured in Dubai, lived the high life while forcing vulnerable people to obey their every command A family of millionaire travellers jailed for forcing vulnerable men to work for a pittance have been given nearly 500,000 in legal aid, it emerged today. The Gloucestershire-based Connors family lived the high life at the expense of homeless drug addicts and alcoholics. William Connors, 52, wife Mary, 48, their sons, John, 29, and James, 20, and son-in-law Miles Connors, 24, were jailed in December last year after being convicted of conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The great British burkini boom … and thanks to Nigella, it"s not just Muslim women buying them

The great British burkini boom … and thanks to Nigella, it's not just Muslim women buying them By Helen Nugent PUBLISHED: 00:23 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 10 February 2013 When Nigella Lawson emerged out of the sea on Sydney's Bondi beach dressed in one two years ago, it was greeted with astonishment. But now burkinis – swimwear originally designed for Islamic women to protect their modesty – are soaring in popularity among British non-Muslims.

How did Berlusconi let this one get away? Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holiday

How did Berlusconi let this one get away Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holidaySunbathing Nicole Minetti shows Italy's former PM what he's been missingPolitician greets photographers on the beach by sticking her tongue out | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Showgirl turned Italian MP Nicole Minetti shows the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi what he has been missing as she enjoys a sun-filled break away from politics. Mr Berlusconi's former girlfriend is on a Christmas holiday in Miami Beach, Florida, and was pictured over the weekend relaxing during a day's sunbathing in a multi-coloured bikini

M6 crash: Emotional tributes to three members of same family killed on their way to wedding

'Joy turned into tragedy in a split second': Emotional tributes to 'precious jewels' killed on their way to wedding in Christmas Day crashMohammed Arsalaan Habib, 4, and Adnan Habib, 10, died in the M6 crash Today their family said they were 'precious jewels' who brought joy Their aunt Bushra Tazarib, 32, was also killed in the same crashShe was described as a loving and 'vital and beloved' member of the family Boxer Amir Khan was at the wedding in Bolton the family were travelling toFamily of couple who died in separate Christmas Day crash also pay tribute Ann and Paul Goodrich were described as 'devoted and much loved' parents | UPDATED: 21:39 GMT, 27 December 2012 The boys killed in a crash on the M6 on Christmas Day were ‘precious jewels’, their family said yesterday. Adnan Habib, ten, and his four-year-old brother Arsalaan died when the car their mother Parveen was driving overturned on the motorway, apparently after hitting a branch. Their aunt Bushra Tazarib, 32, also died

“I”ve got a Union Jack onesie,” admits Boris: London Mayor reveals he has an all-in-one during Twitter Q&A session

'I've got a Union Jack onesie,' admits Boris: London Mayor reveals he has an all-in-one during Twitter Q&A session | UPDATED: 01:13 GMT, 26 December 2012 Onesie: A patriotic all-in-one outfit similar to the one Boris Johnson has said he owns In his defence, he only wore it the onesie.

Children go free and 500 off summer package holidays in tour giant price war

Children go free and 500 off summer package holidays in tour giant price war | UPDATED: 00:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 Britain's two travel giants have launched a price war with families being promised savings of between 200 and 560 on summer package holidays. Thomas Cook and Thomson are going head to head with a series of eye-catching deals, including big discounts and free child places. In a first, Thomas Cook has decided to make sure all of its advertised prices, whether online or on the high street, are the same.

Stop these infantile, grubby power games

Stop these infantile, grubby power games | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 24 December 2012 Mr Mitchell, as he accepts, was wrong to have set such a bad example by swearing at the police What an extraordinary – and unedifying – week it has been. Last weekend, the Plebgate saga had appeared all but over. Ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell – while still denying that he called police officers ‘plebs’ in an altercation at the Downing Street gates – had long since resigned.

Christmas 2012: The hilarious awkward festive family photos bound to make even scrooge laugh out loud

Simply having a wonderfully awkward Christmas time! Festive family photos that'll make even the worst scrooge laugh out loud | UPDATED: 16:03 GMT, 23 December 2012 Taking holiday photos can often be an awkward experience for the senders as well as the receivers. On some occasions the images come out looking picture perfect.