Fatima al-Najjar arrived at Heathrow from her home in the United Arab Emirates in the middle of a Saturday evening and reached her hotel at around 11pm. Barely two hours later, she was lying on the floor of her seventh-storey room, her eye sockets shattered, the side of her head smashed open, her life ebbing away. She was one of three sisters from the UAE wh […]
There was a genuinely startling moment during Prime Minister’s Questions today. And no, it wasn’t the man being bundled out after seemingly flinging marbles at the screen protecting MPs from the public – though goodness knows that helped to relieve the tedium. It was when David Cameron suddenly – if metaphorically – decided to plant his boot on the neck of t […]
The commission tasked with agreeing the shape of enhanced powers for Scotland’s parliament has met for the first time. In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Lord Smith, who is chairing the all-party talks, diplomatically described the opening day as “constructive”.
Political pressure was growing on Fiona Woolf to step down as head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry tonight in the face of legal action from a victim claiming that she lacked the expertise and impartiality to investigate historic cases.
The best that can be said of Alan Mellins, a Conservative councillor from Maidenhead, is that his behaviour was ignorant. Maidenhead includes a site where Travellers settled five years ago without planning permission, and on Monday a council panel was asked for any suggestion about how to speed up the process of evicting them. “Execute them,” Mellins suggest […]