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MPs to investigate ‘fast fashion’ impact

Image copyright PA The rise of cheap, disposable clothes and their impact on the environment will be investigated by MPs. ‘Fast fashion’, worn a few times before being dumped, can add to landfill, release toxic chemicals in production and plastic fibres in the wash. The Commons environmental audit committee will look at how the industry […]

Probation system ‘a mess’ despite reforms, say MPs

Image caption The government accepts there have been “challenges” and will publish a review in July The system for supervising criminals in England and Wales is in a “mess” after reforms failed to meet their aims, MPs have said. The Commons justice committee said it was “unconvinced” reforms could ever deliver an effective probation service. […]

Sturgeon to hold talks with UK government

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relations between the UK and Scottish governments are said to have hit their lowest point since the advent of devolution. Nicola Sturgeon is to meet senior UK government politicians for the first time since accusing them of “ripping up” the devolution settlement. The first minister will hold talks with […]

Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder of Kamil Ahmad was ‘avoidable’

Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption Jeffrey Barry stabbed Kamil Ahmad more than 25 times The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded. Jeffrey Barry stabbed neighbour Kamil Ahmad at their supported […]

Ofsted chief says poor white communities lack ‘aspiration and drive’

Image copyright Ofsted Image caption Ms Spielman was speaking to an education festival at Wellington school in Berkshire White working-class communities can lack the “aspiration and drive” of many migrant groups, England’s chief schools inspector has told a conference. Amanda Spielman said a long-overdue debate was under way about why white working-class pupils fall behind. […]

Sophie Gradon, former Love Island contestant, dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009 Sophie Gradon, a former Miss Great Britain who became a contestant on Love Island, has died at the age of 32. Her boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, wrote on Facebook: “I will never forget that smile I love you so […]

Brexit: Three ‘simple’ requirements for EU citizens to stay in UK

Image copyright Getty Images EU citizens will have to answer three “simple” questions online if they want to continue living in the UK after Brexit, the home secretary has said. Sajid Javid said the government’s “default” position would be to grant, not refuse, settled status. People will be asked to prove their ID, whether they […]

Gosport hospital deaths: Hampshire police to ‘step back’

Image copyright BBC/PA/Reeves family Image caption Inquests into the deaths of 10 patients, six of whom are pictured, were held in 2009 Hampshire police are to hand over the investigation into deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital to another force, their top officer has said. An inquiry found more than 450 patients died after doctors […]

Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder of Kamil Ahmad was ‘avoidable’

Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption Jeffrey Barry stabbed Kamil Ahmad more than 25 times The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded. Jeffrey Barry stabbed neighbour Kamil Ahmad at their supported […]

Brexit: Theresa May vows ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit

Media captionLiam Fox tells Laura Kuenssberg rebels have not changed Brexit stance Theresa May has welcomed the passing of the Brexit bill through Parliament as “a crucial step” in delivering a “smooth and orderly Brexit”. Peers accepted the amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sent to them from the House of Commons, meaning the bill […]