Archive of November 2006

John Reid says immigration centre protest was attempted sabotage

Protesters 'tried to sabotage' immigration system

The unrest at an immigration removal centre on Tuesday night was "an attempt to sabotage" the deportation process, home secretary John Reid has said.

  • The government has pledged to make the housing planning system more family-friendly

    Planning shake-up 'will help families'

    Councils will be required to ensure the housing needs of children are met, the government has announced, as new research shows 1.6 million are living in dire conditions.

  • John Prescott turns the Tories' 'tosser' debt ads against them

    Prescott slams 'tosser' Tories

    John Prescott has accused the Conservatives of being "tossers" in a heated House of Commons exchange with William Hague.

  • Lord Falconer stands firm on controversial legal aid reforms

    Legal aid reforms condemned

    Opposition parties have condemned the government's plans to shake up the legal aid system, warning they threaten to cut off services to the most vulnerable.

  • Tories warn exam changes are creating an education apartheid

    Tories warn of 'education apartheid'

    England is facing an "education apartheid" as private school pupils increasingly study for different exams than those in the state sector, David Willetts has warned.

  • Michael Grade resigns as BBC chairman

    Grade departure 'will not delay BBC licence deal'

    The resignation of BBC chairman Michael Grade will not affect the negotiations over the corporation's licence fee, culture secretary Tessa Jowell has argued.

  • Britain's biggest pregnacy service has said current abortion laws are outdated

    Abortion laws 'are arcane'

    Britain's leading pregnancy service has called for a review of abortion laws and for current restrictions requiring two doctors to authorise terminations to be changed.

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