Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%


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Phew! Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%… and Osborne claims economy is 'healing at last' Overall figures better than expected easing pressure on George OsborneEconomy overall grew by 0.3% but construction slumps by 2.5% Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns: 'We're not out of the woods yet'Labour blames coalition for slowest recovery for 100 years Government borrowing remains stubbornly high at 120billionTory MPs accuse coalition of being 'timid' and 'complacent' about growth IMF urged Britain to rethink pace of cuts in face of sluggish recovery .

Elderly patients could be sent to "hospital hotels"


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Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to 'hospital hotels' to free up bedsThe model is based on a system widely used in ScandinaviaNew mothers and stroke patients could also use such services By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to hotels to recover from illnesses under plans being considered by the Government to free up hospital beds. New mothers and stroke patients could also use such services, which would be run by private hotel chains and allow more flexible visiting hours.

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce could be released from prison within weeks after serving just two months of speeding points sentence


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Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce could be released from prison within weeks after serving just two months of speeding points sentenceThe pair are expected to be released on electronic tag in May Former energy secretary is serving an eight-month jail sentenceHe and his ex-wife were both jailed last month after it emerged she had taken speeding points on his behalf a decade earlierProsecution say legal bill has been inflated by the 'enormous amount of work' put in by the CPS and police Huhne's legal team offers 25,000, which they say is 'arguably generous' By Chris Greenwood PUBLISHED: 13:15 GMT, 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:42 GMT, 22 April 2013 Carina Trimingham leaving Southwark Crown Court today, as it emerges Chris Huhnewalk would walk free from prison next month Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce are due to walk free from jail within weeks after serving only two months of their eight-month sentences.

How Baroness Thatcher planned her own funeral and chose the hymn played at Princess Diana"s funeral "I Vow To Thee, My Country"


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How Baroness Thatcher planned her own funeral and chose the hymn played at Princess Diana’s funeral ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country'Baroness believed to have begun preparations eight years agoThe service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 01:04 GMT, 13 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 13 April 2013 Baroness Margaret Thatcher is believed to have begun plans for her funeral eight years ago Even from the grave, Baroness Thatcher has managed to rule how her own funeral will be conducted. The former prime minister meticulously planned how the farewell service will run – from the singing to who gives the readings

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


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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.

Vera Baird: Former Solicitor General tells police to give up on tackling low-level drug use "to save time"


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Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.

How mothers field 288 questions a day: Answer more questions per hour than David Cameron during Prime Ministers Questions


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How mothers field 288 questions a day – that's more per hour than David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions Girls aged four are the most curious, asking 390 questions a dayAn average mother faces 12.5 hours of questioning, survey finds Most questions are asked during meal times, when children rattle off 11 By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 23:56 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:48 GMT, 29 March 2013 If you feel like you’ve done 15 rounds in the Mastermind chair after a day with your young child, there’s good reason. Mothers get asked an astonishing 288 questions every day by their little ones, a study reveals

Census finds that 120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain and in some parts of the country one in ten are Eastern European


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120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain: Census shows in some parts of the country one in ten are Eastern EuropeanFears of major influx when travel restrictions lifted at the end of the yearIn Boston, Lincolnshire, 10.7 per cent of population are Eastern EuropeanPM announced plans to make access to social benefits harder for migrants By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 23:53 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 27 March 2013 Nearly 120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain despite not yet being allowed to work freely in this country, official figures showed yesterday. The data from the 2011 census showed that migration to Britain – at a rate equivalent to 30,000 a year – began as soon as the two countries joined the EU. The disclosure is fresh evidence that a major movement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens is likely when restrictions are lifted at the end of the year.

Drivers face MoT failure and rising repair bills as European rules impose 20 additional safety checks on brakes, steering, and lighting

Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lightingThousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the chargesThe European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test. Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive.

Salt-filled sandwiches! Lunches from High Street chains have same amount as ten packets of crisps


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Salt-filled sandwiches! Lunches from High Street chains have same amount as ten packets of crispsWrap from EAT contained 4.8g of salt while Pret a Manger wrap had 4.6gA 32.5g bag of Walkers Ready Salted crisps contained less than 0.5gResearchers found high salt levels in more than half of 664 tested dishesThree Pizza Hut dishes contained maximum daily allowance of 6g of saltAverage salt consumption in UK is 8.1g amid calls for suppliers to cut levels By Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 12 March 2013 Sandwiches sold by leading High Street food chains contain as much salt as ten bags of crisps, health campaigners have warned. A Peking duck wrap from EAT was found to contain 4.8g of salt, while a Swedish meatball hot wrap from Pret a Manger contained 4.6g of salt. In contrast, a 32.5g bag of Walkers Ready Salted crisps contained less than 0.5g of salt.