Paedophile businessman, 51, jailed after having affair with teenage girl he seduced when she was just 12

Paedophile businessman, 51, jailed after having affair with teenage girl he seduced when she was just 12 John Duffy had a five year illicit relationship with the teen during the 1990s Affair came to light last year when his victim – now in her 30s – went to policeCllr Duffy, 51, was jailed for 12 years at Burnley Crown Court after being found guilty of indecent assault and gross indecency | UPDATED: 18:30 GMT, 23 December 2012 Behind bars: John Duffy had a five year illicit relationship with a teenage girl he seduced when she was just 12 A parish councillor is today starting a 12 year sentence behind bars for exploiting his status as a 'pillar of the community' to have an affair with a teenage schoolgirl. Married youth group leader John Duffy used his position of respectability as a cover for his five year illicit relationship with the besotted youngster during the 1990s. After befriending her through his youth club, Duffy seduced her when she was just 12 then had regular sexual liaisons with the girl – promising her marriage and even showing her holiday brochures of where he said they would go on their honeymoon.

Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union

Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European UnionUS President and UK Premier use hour-long call to discuss rising tide of Euroscepticism in BritainWhite House is anxious that withdrawal from Brussels would damage transatlantic relations | UPDATED: 15:15 GMT, 19 December 2012 Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr Cameron's approach in his fight for a 'better deal for Britain'.

Gay couples can now "convert" civil partnerships to marriage in secret for 100

Gay couples who are in a civil partnership will be able to 'upgrade' it to marriage, complete with certificate, for 100Conversion would see same-sex couple able to change the legal status of their civil partnershipEquality campaigners condemn decision not to allow straight marriages to convert into civil partnershipsTory MP Peter Bone say it undermines marriage | UPDATED: 20:35 GMT, 11 December 2012 Thousands of gay couples in civil partnerships will be able to ‘convert’ their relationships to marriage in return for a 100 administration fee. Around 50,000 couples will be able to change the legal status of their relationship by simply filling in a form and popping it in the post along with a cheque to cover the cost of issuing a marriage certificate. In effect, the change in the law will mean that some gay couples will be able to get married without even having a wedding, with the result that some couples could become married in secret.

We risk being like Norway if we quit EU, says Cameron – PM warns Britain will be "unable to influence laws"

We risk being like Norway if we quit EU, says Cameron – PM warns Britain will be 'unable to influence laws'He warns: 'We will have absolutely no say over the rules'Barroso: 'Britain needs to make up its mind whether it wants to stay in the EU' | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 11 December 2012 David Cameron insisted he did not want Britain to leave the EU, at a lunch in Westminster Britain faces being ‘governed by fax’ from Brussels and reduced to the standing of Norway if it leaves the European Union but stays in the single market, the Prime Minister said yesterday. At a lunch in Westminster David Cameron insisted he did not want Britain to leave the EU

Jessica Ennis hailed as "the face of today"s Britain" as census figures reveal mixed-race rise

Britain's mixed race population leaps over one million as research reveals prejudices have sharply dropped Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis hailed as 'face of the census' according to think-tank director Her father Vinnie is from Jamaica and her mother Alison is from DerbyshireCensus expected to reveal at least 1m people born to mixed race parentsOnly 42% of people in survey could correctly identify Ennis as mixed race Women more comfortable with mixed race marriages than men by 66 to 58% | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 10 December 2012 The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s. Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships. But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

Study find sense of smell the key to finding love

Strong sense of smell is the key to a happy and lasting relationship, scientists say Men without sense of smell have far fewer relationshipsWomen who can't smell lack confidence in their partnersOdour more important than looks for women | UPDATED: 10:55 GMT, 2 December 2012 Research has found men with no sense of smell have far fewer partners than those with, while women are said to place more importance on odour than looks when it comes to finding a soulmate It is said love is blind, but it seems the key to finding 'the one' lies not in the eyes but in your nostrils. New research suggests the way to a happy long-term union could be a good sense of smell, after a study looked for the first time at the importance of a healthy nose on our relationships

Mother Vickie Robins of Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, starves herself and visits Foodbank to ensure her children eat

'I don't eat four days a week so my children can,' claims middle-class mother who cannot afford Christmas presents so is rewrapping their old toys Vickie Robins, 31, and family ran out of money after she lost her care job Lack of food made her collapse at nursery – doctors warn of heart attack | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 30 November 2012 A mother-of-two who has fallen into poverty after losing her job has revealed the desperate measures she's had to resort to to avoid selling their home. Care worker Vickie Robins, 31, does not eat for days at a time so she can afford to put food on the table for her sons Blake, three, and Thomas, 18 months

Convicted murderer given a job in a hospital

Convicted murderer who stabbed love rival to death with kitchen knife given job in a hospital Robert Bage was jailed for life but released on licenceHe was employed in a 'non-patient facing role' in the Unversity Hospital of North DurhamHis employers had no idea about his violent pastPublic service trade union Unison is concerned with how it happened during the recruitment process | UPDATED: 20:04 GMT, 29 November 2012 A convicted killer, who stabbed a man 40 times in a jealous rage, has been given a job at a hospital. Unions have raised concerns over the employment of Robert Bage at the University Hospital of North Durham after it was revealed his employers had no idea about his violent past. Bage, originally from the Durham area, stabbed Andrew Stanyer in 1991 after becoming jealous of the man’s relationship with his former partner and was jailed for life

Zhao Hongxia: Teenage honeytrap who brought down Chinese Communist Party official after sex tape pictures were leaked online

Revealed: Teenage honeytrap who brought down Chinese Communist Party official after sex tape pictures were leaked online Zhao Hongxia paid to film herself having sex with party chief Lei Zhengfu'Hired by construction firm to extort favourable contracts from him' Leaked pictures from the video have sent shockwaves through party | UPDATED: 07:47 GMT, 28 November 2012 Honeytrap: Prostitute-turned-nurse Zhao Hongxia (pictured) secretly film herself having sex with a Chinese Communist Party official after being hired by a construction company to blackmail him This is the girl filmed having sex with a Chinese Communist Party official in a leaked internet video which has sent shockwaves across the country, it can be revealed today. Lei Zhengfu, a district party chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was fired from his position as district party secretary after the video went viral earlier this month.

Why men should be nice to their mother-in-law: It might save them from divorce

Why men should be nice to their mother-in-law: It might save them from divorce | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 28 November 2012 If the comedians are to be believed, the chances of a husband getting on well with his mother-in-law are next to zero.