Abu Qatada"s presence here is reassuring, claims top Liberal Democrat

Abu Qatada's presence here is reassuring, claims top Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Lord McNally said the legal protection preventing Abu Qatada's deportation is 'part of what makes us a civilised society'Seven-year bid to deport him has cost taxpayers 500K in legal aid aloneGovernment has made a new attempt to deport the radical preacher By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 03:38 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 12 March 2013 Britain's inability to deport hate preacher Abu Qatada shows the controversial Human Rights Act is ‘working’, a senior Liberal Democrat minister has claimed. In an astonishing intervention, Justice Minister Lord McNally said the legal protection given to the man once dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe was ‘part of what makes us a civilised society’.

500,000 in legal aid a week for prisoners" human rights claims: YOU pay for them to seek easier life or early release

500,000 a week in legal aid for prisoners' human rights claims: YOU pay for them to seek easier life or early releaseTaxpayers' money used to fund human rights claims by prisonersLegal aid bill for prisoners increased to 25 million a year in 2010Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to review 'compensation culture' in jails | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 30 December 2012 Taxpayers are handing nearly 500,000 a week in legal aid to prisoners to help them make human rights claims.

Shocking catalogue of neglect at hospital where patient STARVED to death and pensioner was left unwashed for 11 weeks

Shocking catalogue of neglect at hospital where patient STARVED to death and pensioner was left unwashed for 11 weeksHuman rights lawyers described mistreatment as 'appalling' failures of careWorcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust bosses will apologise to families Successful legal action by 38 families has led to total payouts of 410,000Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is 'disgusted and appalled' by the accountsPatients left thirsty while another had ribs broken as staff tried to lift himTrust accepts care was below standard but has not admitted legal liability | UPDATED: 17:19 GMT, 23 December 2012 An NHS hospital trust will apologise to families of patients who suffered a shocking catalogue of neglect – including a pensioner who starved to death and another who was left unwashed for 11 weeks.

Human right judges go too far, says Grayling as he ratchets up hostilities with Strasbourg court

Human right judges go too far, says Grayling as he ratchets up hostilities with Strasbourg courtJustice Secretary says European human rights judges are interfering with domestic issuesThey have 'lost sight' of the core principles behind human rightsRights are 'too open to abuse', Mr Grayling added | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 18 December 2012 Broadside: Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has accused European lawmakers of overstepping their authority and deciding matters best left to domestic courts A senior cabinet minister last night accused European human rights judges of ‘overstepping the mark’ – in a significant ratcheting up of hostilities with the Strasbourg court. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s remarks are the strongest condemnation to date of the controversial court from a Tory minister. He accuses the judges of prying ‘more and more’ into areas that should be decided in domestic courts or by MPs in Parliament

Met Police pay 15,000 settlement to teenage rape victim for "shocking" failings which saw alleged attacker acquitted

Met Police pay 15,000 settlement to teenage rape victim for 'shocking' failings which saw alleged attacker acquitted Officers told to make car crime a higher priority at time of attack in 2005 Alleged attacker of 15-year-old was acquitted when police lost evidence, in what a trial judge branded a 'disgrace'Girl's family took legal action, claiming her human rights were breached Investigation led to four officers being reprimanded and shake-up of teamScotland Yard has agreed an out of court settlement with young victim | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 The Metropolitan Police are to pay a 15,000 settlement to a teenage rape victim for 'shocking' failings which saw the alleged attacker acquitted. The alleged attacker of the 15-year-old girl was acquitted when the police lost evidence in what a trial judge branded a 'disgrace'.

The eyes have it: The iris pictured in remarkable detail by incredible close up shots

The eyes have it: The iris pictured in remarkable detail by incredible close-up shots | UPDATED: 16:52 GMT, 12 December 2012 When you think of an eyeball, you probably think of a smooth marble-like sphere. But these remarkable pictures seem less like a part of human anatomy and more like pitted cratered landscapes. They show the complex and intricate textures hidden within the iris that give our eyes our unique and enchanting character

400,000 bill for rapist we can"t deport: Somali criminal is still in prison ten YEARS after completing his sentence

400,000 bill for rapist we can't deport: Somali criminal is still in prison ten YEARS after completing his sentenceUnnamed man completed his jail term in September 2002Ministers are powerless to kick him out Judges have refused to deport Somali nationals because it breaches 'human rights' | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 10 December 2012 A Somali rapist who cannot be deported because of human rights laws has spent nearly a decade in prison since completing his sentence – at a cost to taxpayers of 400,000. The man, who has not been named, was jailed for eight years for a serious sexual assault but completed his jail term in September 2002

Scandal-hit hospital forced to pay 1m compensation for "inhumane and "degrading" treatment of patients

Scandal-hit hospital forced to pay 1m compensation for 'inhumane and 'degrading' treatment of patients Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust paid out the significant sum as compensation for 'inhumane and degrading' treatment, say lawyers News comes a month ahead of report of the public inquiry into the serious failings at the trustBetween 400-1,200 patients feared to have died needlessly between 2005-2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 GMT, 10 December 2012 A scandal-hit hospital where thirsty patients were forced to drink out of vases and others left to sit on their own excrement has paid out more than 1 million in compensation for 'inhumane and degrading' treatment. Human Rights solicitor Emma Jones, who is part of a legal team representing more than 100 victims of alleged abuse at Stafford Hospital, said today that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust paid out the significant sum to patients or their families. The news comes a month ahead of the publication of the report of the public inquiry into the serious failings at the trust

Man charged with sending letters stuffed with condoms and faeces in a bizarre campaign against woman he didn"t know

Man charged with sending letters stuffed with condoms and faeces in a bizarre campaign against woman he didn't know Anthony Jones harassed Joanna Green for two months between December 15 last year and February 16 this yearHe was alleged to have sent the vile letters, made hoax calls that sent the police and ambulances to her house, and accused her family of fights and drug-takingMiss Green was left fearing for her six-year-old son's safety | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 7 December 2012 A man who faced a charge of sending soiled condoms and faeces in a campaign of harassment against a woman he had never even met has been given a restraining order. Anthony Jones was convicted of harassing the mother of six, Joanna Green, for two months between December 15 last year and February 16 this year. He was alleged to have sent menacing letters to her flat, in some instances stuffed with human faeces and a liquid-filled condom, as well as fabricating complaints against her and making hoax calls to the emergency services

Mark Thompson spent thousands on travel expenses to US in months before he quit BBC for New York Times

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent thousands on expenses for travel to the US in months before he quit to join New York Times Former BBC chief spent almost 6,000 in return flight to San Francisco BBC senior managers' hotel and rail expenses doubles since 2009 Despite cutbacks to budgets, three executives received pay rises up to 20pc | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 6 December 2012 Expenses: Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, pictured, spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation. Senior managers’ hotel and rail expenses have doubled since 2009, according to new figures for the first financial quarter of the year from the BBC.