Labour MP hints at cuts to handouts for rich pensioners: Dame Anne Begg said it would make sense to reform the welfare system


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Labour MP hints at cuts to handouts for rich pensioners: Dame Anne Begg says it would make sense to reform the welfare systemPiling pressure on both David Cameron and Ed Miliband Labour politicians tend to defend the principle of universal welfare paymentsPM ruled out any move to means-test these benefits before general election By Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 02:28 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:28 GMT, 30 March 2013 A leading Labour MP has raised the prospect of cuts to pensioner benefits. Piling pressure on both David Cameron and Ed Miliband to accept reductions in handouts for wealthy pensioners, Dame Anne Begg said it would make sense to reform the welfare system so that more generous benefits are paid to fewer people

"Turn immigrants away to save British jobs": Politicians say closing the border would bring down unemployment


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'Turn immigrants away to save British jobs': Politicians say closing the border would bring down unemploymentCross-party MPs say temporary closures would aid UK employmentThey say immigration levels are 'unsustainable''Limits on immigrants will not harm economy', MPs add By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 07:20 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 GMT, 29 March 2013 Britain’s borders should be closed to immigrants while the country’s own citizens are struggling to find jobs, a group of MPs said last night. Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, chairmen of the influential Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said the Government should be able to block immigration during periods of high unemployment.

It"s not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints


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It's not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints 1,000 people polled in survey by search website Ask Jeeves Second on list is weather followed by pubs and television programmes By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 GMT, 6 March 2013 From TV programmes to pubs to the weather, things really aren't as good as they used to be, according to the British public. New research published today found that that the majority of Britons really do think modern life is rubbish.

Decline in marriage and children growing up without fathers "is doing more harm than smoking, global warming and poor diets", says Baroness


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Conspiracy of silence on value of marriage: Politicians frightened to admit fathers are vital, says top family lawyer Supporting marriage has become a 'no go area' for our politicians says Baroness DeechShe says an absence of fathers is 'harming' the next generation of children Politicians are 'too afraid' of offending cohabiting partners or single parents By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 18:28 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:20 GMT, 16 February 2013 Marriage is as important to the future of the nation as climate change and poverty, a senior family lawyer said yesterday. Baroness Deech said the growing numbers of families without fathers was doing more harm to the next generation than other factors such as smoking, alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise. And she warned that a conspiracy of silence surrounded the issue because political leaders were afraid to say married families were better for children than cohabiting families or single parent families.

BBC "must release emails that helped stars avoid tax": MPs put pressure on corporation


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BBC 'must release emails that helped stars avoid tax': MPs put pressure on corporation Corporation refuses request from MPs to see correspondence between BBC tax advisers and staffDecision not to publish is further damaging trust in BBC, politicians sayEmails are linked to stars paid via service companies, a set-up that could allow them to avoid tax and national insurance BBC Trust says auditors have looked at emails and found nothing suspicious By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 11:20 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 3 January 2013 Under fire: BBC Trust finance chief Anthony Fry has rejected a request to hand the emails to MPs and has not read them himself The BBC is facing pressure from MPs to publish emails that could show the broadcaster gave the opportunity to two of its performers to avoid tax.

Monumental deceit: How our politicians have lied and lied about the true purpose of the European behemoth


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Monumental deceit: How our politicians have lied and lied about the true purpose of the European behemoth | UPDATED: 09:32 GMT, 1 January 2013 Fateful: Forty years ago today, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the 'Common Market' Forty years ago today, in what was arguably the most fateful political move ever made by a British Prime Minister, Edward Heath took us into what was then called the ‘Common Market’. Such a step had scarcely been mentioned at the previous General Election, and the British people had very little idea of what they were letting themselves in for, other than a trading arrangement that might make it easier for us to sell our goods to our Continental neighbours. Four decades later, the picture could scarcely look more different

Anger as prostate cancer lags behind in research spending despite being the most common form of disease in men


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Anger as prostate cancer lags behind in research spending despite being the most common form of disease Just 400 is spent on research per case diagnosedBreast cancer receives 853 per diagnosed caseProstate Cancer UK says disease is 'not on the radar'One man an hour dies from prostate cancer By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:09 GMT, 1 January 2013 Prostate cancer – the most common form of the disease in men – is bottom of the league for research spending, figures reveal. The disease lies in 20th place, with just over 400 spent on research per case diagnosed.

Sherwood Park Community Primary School"s entire governing body forced to resign after spending 6,000 of public funds on headteacher"s…


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Primary school's entire governing body forced to resign after spending 6,000 of public funds on headteacher's farewell BBQ Governing body resigned over 'financial irregularity' relating to the partyVicar Rev Brian Stephen Senior among ten governors who stepped downSurprise party marked end of Keith Marden's 25-year tenure as head | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 14 December 2012 Enlarge Farewell: Headteacher Keith Marden said he had nothing to do with the organising of his farewell party that cost 6,000 The entire governing body of a poorly performing school that blew 6,000 of its budget on a headteacher's leaving party has resigned over 'financial irregularity'. Parents and politicians condemned the decision to use money from the ailing budget at Sherwood Park Community Primary School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on the summer send-off for Keith Marden

2011 census: Immigration can bring huge benefits but on this scale, it"s too much to cope with

Yes, immigration can bring huge benefits. But on this scale and at this speed, it's too much to cope with | UPDATED: 09:30 GMT, 12 December 2012 There you have it. The newly released results of the last census have made it official.

Already find MPs hard to understand? Some have now signed up for Cornish lessons in bid to attract more


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Already find MPs hard to understand Some have now signed up for Cornish lessons in bid to attract more speakers of ancient tongue to Parliament | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 9 December 2012 The lessons have been arranged by North Cornwall Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson, who recently failed in an attempt to have Commons leaflets for tourists printed in the ancient Celtic tongue Have you ever felt that MPs speak a different language from the rest of us Well, now some of them are. A number of politicians have signed up for free lessons in Cornish – or, as they say west of the Tamar, Kernowek.