A nation suffering from "fat blindness": Average Briton is only prompted to go on a diet once the scales tip 13st 10lb

A nation suffering from 'fat blindness': Average Briton is only prompted to go on a diet once the scales tip 13st 10lbsAverage 'trigger' weight has risen more than a stone in a decade, according to Weight Watchers Unflattering photographs are a key weight loss trigger A quarter of the population are classified as obese By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 14:57 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:05 GMT, 22 February 2013 Many overweight people are suffering from 'fat blindness', say experts Britons are increasingly suffering from 'fat blindness' and are failing to lose weight until they are obese, experts have warned. Only when the scales tip 13st 10lb does the average person decide that enough is enough, new figures show. And seeing unflattering photographs is the first things that stirs us into action

Hundreds of schools take beef off the menu following collapse in confidence following horsemeat scandal

Hundreds of schools take beef off the menu following collapse in confidence over horsemeat scandalStaffordshire councillors say dishes such as cottage pie will not be servedBan will remain in place while doubts remain over horsemeat scandal By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:44 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:02 GMT, 15 February 2013 Beef has been taken off the menu in hundreds of schools as a precautionary measure amid a collapse in confidence in processed food. Staffordshire councillors say dishes such as cottage pie will not be served while doubts remain over possible horsemeat contamination. Tests are being carried out on beef meals served at schools and hospitals around the country for the presence of horsemeat.

Brussels plot to make Britain a second-class member of the EU denying country our veto and MEP seats

Brussels plot to make Britain a second-class member of the EU denying country our veto and MEP seats Federalists suggest creating 'associate member' status for BritainLib Dem MEP Andrew Duff says UK is 'continual impediment' to integrationDavid Cameron due to give landmark Europe speech within weeks | UPDATED: 15:11 GMT, 1 January 2013 Britain could become a ‘second-class’ member of the European Union under plans floated in Brussels yesterday. An influential group of European federalists, who want to see Brussels given even greater powers, is suggesting the UK is relegated to ‘associate member’ status

Jacques Delors: Britain could quit the EU and "still be friends", admits the former European Commission president

Britain could quit the EU and 'still be friends', admits the former European Commission presidentJacques Delors' u-turn after trying to force European federalism on UKHe suggested Britain could be EU 'partner' instead of fully fledged member | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 29 December 2012 U-turn: Jacques Delors' change of heart comes 22 years after he infuriated Eurosceptics by trying to force European federalism on the UK Britain could negotiate a looser relationship with the EU under plans floated by a key architect of the European project.

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

London Fire Brigade plan to take emergency calls via Twitter and Facebook

'Hlp my hse is brnin dwn!' London Fire Brigade plan to take 999 emergency calls via Twitter and FacebookThe UK's largest brigade to look at alternatives to 999Union bosses call the idea 'ludicrous' Fire chiefs say it won't replace the current phone system | UPDATED: 14:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 Twitter users could soon be able to report emergencies in 140 characters and bypass 999 calls under proposals aimed at making communication with the UK's biggest fire service easier. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said that it will explore the idea of setting up the world's first 999 emergency feed to ease pressure on the telephone service which takes more than 30million calls a year. The plans, which are part of the Brigade's Draft London Safety Plan, will not replace the 999 system.

French President Francois Hollande warns David Cameron he cannot pick and choose from "a la carte" Europe

French President Hollande warns Cameron he cannot pick and choose from 'a la carte' Europe to return powers from Brussels British PM wants to repatriate powers from the EU before putting new settlement to British people in a referendumBut Socialist leader Hollande insists membership of the EU is 'for life' | UPDATED: 16:32 GMT, 14 December 2012 David Cameron has been warned by the French that he cannot treat Europe as an ‘a la carte’ menu, where Britain picks and chooses which bits it likes. French President Francois Hollande insisted signing up to the euro bloc was ‘for life’ and ruled out allowing the UK to take back powers already surrendered to Brussels. Mr Cameron will use a major speech in the New Year to spell out set out his vision on Britain’s place in the European Union, offering a referendum on a new settlement.

UK weather: Crew member dead on flooded vessel in North Sea while huge waves knock 15 fishermen off their feet on pier in Sunderland

Crew member dead on flooded vessel in North Sea while huge waves knock 15 fishermen off their feet on pier in Sunderland Eleven crewmen winched to safety after Aberdeen Coastguard were alerted to mayday call this morning Huge waves knocked 15 fishermen off their feet on Roker Pier in Sunderland One man in his 60s sustained a broken leg and was winched to safety by helicopter Pensioners evacuated from their homes in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire because of coastal floodingRisk of localised flooding as wet weather set to stay for weekend | UPDATED: 18:46 GMT, 15 December 2012 A crewman has died and 11 others had to be rescued when stormy seas overcame their vessel in the North Sea. The Vos Sailor was damaged and took on water during severe weather overnight. Coastguard launched a rescue mission after a mayday call at 4.30am and 11 crew members were winched to safety.

Jacintha Saldanha"s death: Who does Keith Vaz think he is, Tony Soprano?

Who does Keith Vaz think he is, Tony Soprano | UPDATED: 09:23 GMT, 14 December 2012 The nurse at the centre of the Kate Middleton phone hoax scandal was found hanged, an inquest heard yesterday. Investigators are examining three letters she left behind, as well as emails and telephone records, but they are satisfied that Jacintha Saldanha’s death was not ‘suspicious’

BBC spends over 1million on flights to the U.S. in just seven months

Your 1million bill for jet-set BBC bosses: Corporation spent huge sum on flights to U.S. in just seven monthsFoI request reveals executives, including Mark thompson, ran up huge billCorporation spent an average of 162,246 a month on U.S. flights | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 14 December 2012 High-flier: Former BBC director-general Mark Thompson was among executives who clocked up over 1million on flights to the U.S.