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Warning over school race tactics

10:00 Tue 22 Apr 2014
Parents are picking nurseries in the hope of securing their child a place at a favoured primary school, while others are attempting to gain an advantage by winning over teachers with friendliness, a poll suggests.

MPs criticise UK over Taliban raid

MPs criticise UK over Taliban raid

British commanders have been accused by MPs of complacency over a Taliban attack on the main UK base in Afghanistan in which two US marines were killed and more than a dozen other personnel injured.

'Shocking' rise in food banks use

'Shocking' rise in food banks use

Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year, a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months amid rising living costs, low pay and welfare problems, a new report has revealed.

£2.7bn train-building deal sealed

£2.7bn train-building deal sealed

Funding has finally been secured to bring new high-speed trains to a key London to Scotland route in a £2.7 billion job-boosting contract.

'Crucial moment' in Ukraine crisis

'Crucial moment' in Ukraine crisis

Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned the crisis in Ukraine is at a "crucial moment" after local government forces retook an airport from pro-Moscow militia.

Charity in warning on young jobless

Charity in warning on young jobless

Youth unemployment will not reach pre-recession levels until at least 2018, a decade after the financial crisis kicked in, according to a new report.

Terror suspect ruling over US trial

Terror suspect ruling over US trial

The Home Secretary learns today whether she has succeeded in a fresh attempt to send a UK terror suspect to America for trial, despite a European court ruling blocking his removal.

Tesco announces fall in profits

Tesco announces fall in profits

Tesco's annual profits have fallen for the second year in succession while latest UK sales figures showed a worsening decline, putting renewed pressure on embattled chief executive Philip Clarke.

Starbucks to move Europe HQ to UK

Starbucks to move Europe HQ to UK

Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK following a row over tax avoidance.

William hails 'confident' Australia

William hails 'confident' Australia

The Duke of Cambridge has praised Australians and their nation as a "beacon of confidence" as thousands of Aussies turned out to greet their royal visitor and his wife.

Flagship job scheme 'ineffective'

Flagship job scheme 'ineffective'

A flagship Government employment scheme has been branded ineffective by half the organisations paid to deliver it, according to a leaked report.

Cameron non-committal on 40p rate

Cameron non-committal on 40p rate

In comments ahead of next week's Budget, David Cameron gave little encouragement to Conservative backbenchers who hope George Osborne will announce changes to take thousands of middle-income earners out of the 40p higher rate of income tax.

Law change recognises pair's union

Law change recognises pair's union

A same-sex couple who lost a legal fight to marry eight years ago will become the first in the UK to have their union legally recognised.

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