MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament"s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off


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MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament’s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off Commons will not sit again until Queen's Speech on May 8MPs will be in Westminster for eight days before 10-day Whitsun holiday For first 150 days of 2013, Commons will convene just 64 times By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:32 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 GMT, 26 April 2013 DM.has('shareLink', 'shareLinks', { 'id': '2315155', 'title': 'MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament's only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off', 'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315155/MPs-decide-ANOTHER-week-break-Parliaments-10-days-fortnight-off.html', 'eTwitterStatus': 'MPs%20decide%20to%20take%20ANOTHER%20two%20week%20break:%20Parliament's%20only%20been%20back%20for%2010%20days%20since%20their%20last%20…%20http://bit.ly/11Hr5Zs%20via%[email protected]' }); MPs have ignored warnings that they risk looking lazy and today begin another two-week holiday. The latest break comes just days since the Commons' two and a half week Easter recess

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.

Subway franchise closes in France after outcry Valentine"s Day special which was offered to heterosexual couples only


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Subway closes in France after offering Valentine's Day special to heterosexual couples onlyOwner of shop in north-west city of Angers cited 'freedom of expression'Poster slammed as 'homophobic' went viralSubway France closes branch and forced to apologise via Facebook page By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 19:42 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 GMT, 18 February 2013 The Valentine's Day poster which appeared at a Subway in Angers, France, which specifies it is for a man/woman combination only A French branch of the sandwich chain Subway has caused outrage after offering a Valentine's Day special to heterosexual couples only. The franchise in Angers, in the north-west of the country, has been forced to close after the owner's poster went viral and sparked widespread condemnation on Thursday

Minister Norman Lamb pleads with Treasury to "get on with" elderly care reform amid calls to cut fuel bill help for 80% of pensioners


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Minister pleads with Treasury to 'get on with' elderly care reform amid calls to cut fuel bill help for 80% of pensioners Care minister Norman Lamb tells MailOnline the issue of how to fund care for ageing population must be removed from the 'long grass Think tank report by ex-minister Paul Burstow calls for 10million pensioners to lose winter fuel allowance to pay for cap on care bills But campaigners say it would penalise those who saved for their old age there were 2.06million people claiming Pension Credit.

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

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building


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Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building At least five truncheons were found while two people brought in cannabis Over 100 people had knives on them when entering Palace of Westminster | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 31 December 2012 A meat cleaver, a catapult, and three swords were among hundreds of deadly weapons visitors have tried to smuggle into the Houses of Parliament, it has been revealed. At least five truncheons and two sets of knuckle-dusters have also been confiscated at Westminster's entry checkpoints sine the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request, as were two amounts of cannabis. According to the data, no suspected explosive devices were uncovered at checkpoints and no real firearms, but three imitation guns were picked up – one in 2010, one in 2011 and one this year

The black Florence Nightingale and the making of a PC myth: One historian explains how Mary Seacole"s story never stood up


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The black Florence Nightingale and the making of a PC myth: One historian explains how Mary Seacole's story never stood upClaims of her achievements have been hugely oversold for political reasons, says leading historian'Seacole was not a pioneer nurse, she didn't call herself a nurse'Contrary to accounts, Seacole was never awarded a Crimea Medal | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 31 December 2012 Pioneer Mary Seacole was voted greatest Black Briton but are people misguided She is regarded as our greatest black Briton, a woman who did more to advance the cause of nursing – and race relations – than almost any other individual. On the Crimea's bloody battlefields, she is said to have saved the lives of countless wounded soldiers and nursed them to health in a clinic paid for out of her own pocket

Putin: Ill sign plan to ban adoptions in US


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Putin: I’ll sign plan to ban adoptions in U.S.Putin said he will sign the bill to prevent Americans adopting Russian children It is seen as a tit-for-tat response to U.S. bill that will freeze assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse Amnesty International criticises 'childish' response | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 27 December 2012 Ban: Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he will sign a law preventing U.S. citizens adopting Russian children Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children

New crisis for the Euro as Italian PM Mario Monti quits after his budget is approved


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New crisis for the Euro as Italian PM Mario Monti quits after his budget is approvedThe Italian Prime Minister stepped down after the country's parliament approved his budgetHis decision to quit raises the prospect that Silvio Berlusconi could once again become Italy's leader | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned tonight, in another potential crisis for the Euro. He stepped down after the Italian parliament approved his budget. The widely-respected economist is credited for steadying the Italian economy following the premiership of Silvio Berlusconi

Stephen Lawrence tribute concert: Emeli Sande to perform alongside other high profile acts


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Two decades on, a concert for Stephen: Emeli Sande to perform alongside other high-profile acts2013 tribute concert will raise funds for charitable trust set up in the name of the murdered teenagerSoul singer will perform at O2 on April 18Other events include a memorial service, dinners and memorial lectures | UPDATED: 08:36 GMT, 21 December 2012 Victim: The SL20 concert will take place on April 18 at London's O2 arena. It will raise funds for the charity set up in the name of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence Award-winning soul singer Emeli Sande – who performed at the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – will headline a star-studded concert to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The SL20 Concert, which will feature a number of other high profile acts, is due to take place at London’s O2 arena on April 18 next year.