Government’s probation policy ‘driving up prison population and trapping offenders in cycle of crime’

The government’s flagship probation policy is driving up the prison population and trapping people in an endless cycle of low-level offending, a report has suggested. As justice secretary, Chris Grayling said radical changes introduced in 2014 would “bring down stubbornly high reoffending rates”. Five years on, HM Inspectorate of Probation found there had been “no tangible […]

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Latest UK News – Oxford University promises admissions ‘sea change’ to take in poorer students | UK News

Bright youngsters whose disadvantaged backgrounds would normally rule them out of a prestigious higher education place are being targeted by new schemes at Oxford University. Following mounting criticism of a lack of diversity among students, the university wants to usher in a “sea change” in how it goes about its annual admissions that will ensure […]

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Latest UK News – Children and young people stuck in mental health hospitals too long, report finds | UK News

By Paul Kelso, health correspondent People with learning disabilities and autism face lengthy periods of seclusion and “punitive care” on mental health units that are “not fit-for-purpose” hospital regulator the Care Quality Commission has found. A CQC review of the use of seclusion, segregation and restraint found that one adult with a learning disability or […]

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Latest UK News – Find out the top ten places to visit in Europe, according to the Lonely Planet guide? | UK News

The bleak beauty of Shetland has helped the group of more than 100 islands into the Lonely Planet travel guide’s top 10 destinations in Europe . The guide praises Shetland’s “awesome coastal trails, wicked wildlife watching, and fabled fish and chip shops”, and suggests visitors “spot otters and orcas from craggy headlands, then ease into […]

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London Bridge attack: Victim ‘used skateboard to fight terrorist’ before being stabbed to death

A financial crime analyst repeatedly hit a London Bridge terrorist over the head with his skateboard before being stabbed to death, an inquest heard. Ignacio Echeverria, 39, “reacted immediately” by stepping into protect a woman who was being targeted by Rachid Redouane on 3 June 2017. The Spaniard, who worked for HSBC, had been skateboarding with […]

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Latest UK News – Privilege to play ‘iconic’ Sir Elton John, says Rocketman star Taron Egerton | UK News

Actor Taron Egerton says it was an “extraordinary privilege” to play “iconic” Sir Elton John in Rocketman. The new biopic, named after Sir Elton’s 1972 hit co-written with lyricist Bernie Taupin, depicts the musician’s rise to fame and personal conflicts with his sexuality, drugs and alcohol. Speaking at the UK premiere, which saw Sir Elton […]

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Michael Heseltine: Conservative peer has party whip suspended after saying he will vote for Liberal Democrats

Michael Heseltine has had the Conservative Party whip suspended after saying he would vote for the Liberal Democrats in this week’s European parliament elections. The Tory peer’s comments led to calls for him to be expelled from the party. Lord Heseltine, a former deputy prime minister, said it was a “matter of conscience” and that he […]

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Latest UK News – Ex-deputy PM Lord Michael Heseltine has Tory whip removed over Lib Dem support | Politics News

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has had the Tory whip suspended, after saying he would vote Liberal Democrat at the European elections on Thursday. The long-serving peer should have known that “publicly endorsing the candidates of another party is not compatible” with taking the whip, a Conservative spokesperson said. They confirmed that “this will […]

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