BREAKING NEWS: Police officer dies after his patrol car crashes with a tree while answering 999 call

BREAKING NEWS: Police officer dies after his patrol car crashes with a tree while answering 999 call By Richard Hartley-parkinson PUBLISHED: 07:51 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:54 GMT, 6 January 2013 A police officer has died in a road accident while answering an emergency call. The officer was killed when his patrol vehicle collided with a tree in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, at 7pm yesterday, North Yorkshire Police said.

Cameron must defend the traditional family

Cameron must defend the traditional family | UPDATED: 22:46 GMT, 28 December 2012 Promises: David Cameron devoted much of his party conference speech this year to his own family story and his belief that 'family comes first' Today the Mail reveals how, by the time they are 14, only two-thirds of British children will be living with both their parents in a stable family environment. Disturbingly, the figure is one of the lowest in the western world – with only youngsters in Latvia, Estonia and Belgium less likely to grow up under the same roof as their mother and father, according to the OECD think-tank. Tellingly, in countries such as Germany and France, which offer tax breaks to encourage couples to remain together, levels of family break-up are significantly lower than in the UK, where no such financial support exists

Autumn Statement: Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the "generous" welfare state is over

Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the 'generous' welfare state is over Pensions minister Steve Webb warns the state of the nation's finances means 'difficult decisions' had to be made George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to say rises in working age benefits will be capped at 1 per cent from April 2013 Chancellor said the cap would be enshrined in law – forcing Labour to decide whether to oppose limits which polls indicate will be welcomed by the public By Matt Chorley and Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 6 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 7 December 2012 ‘ Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb said the state of the public finances meant benefits could not be as 'generous' as they were in the past Labour is refusing to back the unprecedented cuts to welfare benefits outlined by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. Ministers have insisted that Britain can no longer afford the ‘generous’ handouts of the past, but in its verdict on the statement, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that its effect will be to take from the poor and give to the middle.