Readers' fury at 'biased' BBC website: Corporation accused after negative articles appear about Baroness ThatcherReaders reacted angrily to BBC's coverage, branding it 'terrifically biased'Corporation has received more than 700 complaints over its coverage By Alasdair Glennie PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 April 2013 The BBC was accused of more ‘leftie bias’ in its coverage of Baroness Thatcher’s death yesterday after its main news website was filled with negative articles about the former Prime Minister.
Fresh euro crisis as Italy rejects austerity and protests by voting for party led by ex-comedian More than a quarter of voters backed the Five Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo The centre-right alliance of controversial former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took 31 per centThe centre-left groups, led by Pier Luigi Bersani, had just under 30 per cent of the vote By Hannah Roberts PUBLISHED: 14:26 GMT, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 26 February 2013 The euro was heading for a fresh crisis last night as Italian voters recorded one of the biggest protest votes in modern times. In a rejection of the austerity reforms needed to ease the country’s massive debt, more than a quarter of voters backed the Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo. His anti-euro and anti-austerity party, which had almost 27 per cent of the early votes, could end up being the single biggest group in parliament
Labour surges 12 points ahead in polls to biggest lead over the Tories in a decade as women voters desert David Cameron ICM/Guardian: Labour 41%, Conservatives, 29%, Lib Dems 13%, UKIP 9%Female voters deserting Tories for Labour – 26% more would vote for themIn/out referendum promise has not stopped UKIP gaining votesLabour lead despite lack of faith in Ed Miliband as leaderOnly 18% asked thought him 'good in a crisis' – half PM's rating By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 12 February 2013 Labour has surged to its biggest lead over the Tories in the polls for a decade as female voters continue to desert the Prime Minister. If a General Election was held today Ed Miliband's party would probably secure 41 per cent of the vote while David Cameron's Conservatives would get 29 per cent – down four per cent in a month
Tony Blair is a national hero (if you are Polish!) Former PM given award by country for helping thousands come to live in Britain Poland grateful to Blair's 'open door' immigration policiesBlair said: ‘I have a lot of admiration for Poland and the Polish people’Number of Poles living in Britain now stands at approximately 625,000 By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 23:49 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:36 GMT, 30 January 2013 Tony Blair was given a gong at the Polish Business Leaders Awards in Warsaw In Britain, his ‘open door’ immigration policies have been criticised by all sides.
ITV's ratings woes continue: Now channel's top rated show is the NEWS in wake of abysmal Christmas figuresBroadcaster only managed three out of top ten shows on Christmas DayDownton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figuresITV managed just 8% of audience in prime time on Saturday night | UPDATED: 08:03 GMT, 31 December 2012 ITV’s miserable Christmas in the ratings has continued after a news bulletin was its most watched show on Saturday night – and a repeat of Dad’s Army on BBC2 beat one of its new shows. The broadcaster has been hit by a string of poorly performing shows over the festive period and managed only three out of the top ten shows on Christmas Day. Among these, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures and was beaten by EastEnders, Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royle Family and Doctor Who
How did Berlusconi let this one get away Italian showgirl turned MP, 26, takes to the sunbeds on Miami beach holidaySunbathing Nicole Minetti shows Italy's former PM what he's been missingPolitician greets photographers on the beach by sticking her tongue out | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Showgirl turned Italian MP Nicole Minetti shows the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi what he has been missing as she enjoys a sun-filled break away from politics. Mr Berlusconi's former girlfriend is on a Christmas holiday in Miami Beach, Florida, and was pictured over the weekend relaxing during a day's sunbathing in a multi-coloured bikini
Cherie Blair 'very honoured' to be awarded CBE for services to women's issues and 'charity work' Former prime minister's wife used prominence to raise awarenessAmong others, she is patron of Breast Cancer Care, Refuge and Scope Founded Cherie Blair Foundation for Women which runs programmes in many parts of developing world | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 29 December 2012 Cherie Blair is being awarded a CBE for her services to women's issues and charities Cherie Blair was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours for her services to women's issues and charity. Mrs Blair, 58, has used the prominence she gained as wife of former prime minister Tony Blair to raise both funds and awareness for a wide range of charities at home and overseas. Among others, she is patron of Breast Cancer Care, Refuge, Scope and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, honorary vice-president – and formerly president – of Barnados, and president of the Loomba Foundation, which campaigns to alleviate the plight of widows around the world
Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart Supporter Gavin Barwell clashed with anti-gay marriage Sir Gerald HowarthRow comes as Cameron accused of 'not listening' to the party over the issueMore than 100 MPs expected to rebel in vote expected next month | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 22 December 2012 David Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room. One onlooker told The Mail on Sunday that ‘offensive words relating to sexual orientation’ were used – although this aspect of the exchange is denied by the men.
PM accused of leaving Andrew Mitchell 'swinging in the wind' instead of taking on police over 'unreliable' plebgate evidence Prime Minister says he had doubts about claims against his Chief Whip three months agoAndrew Mitchell lets it be known he has 'no confidence' in Scotland Yard chief Bernard Hogan HowePolice Federation admits mistakes in stoking 'pleb' row | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 21 December 2012 Former Chief Whip has lost confidence in the head of the Met Police in the growing row over the investigation into his stand-off with Downing Street officers David Cameron is under growing pressure about why he failed to publicly challenge the police over the plebgate affair when doubts about the police's account emerged three months ago.
Prosecutors call for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for one year for ‘passing on wire-tapped phonecall details’Prosecutors are seeking a one-year jail sentence for Italy's former PM Berlusconi is accused of revealing confidential details of an investigation into a financial scandal to a newspaper owned by his family | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence for the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly revealing confidential information about an investigation into a financial scandal. The case relates to a judicial inquiry into an attempt by insurer Unipol to take over bank BNL, now owned by BNP Paribas, in 2005. Berlusconi is accused of obtaining details of a wire-tapped phone conversation about the deal and passing them to Il Giornale, the newspaper owned by his brother Paolo.