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Labour MP Sarah Champion has raised concerns about child sexual abuse. The former frontbencher, in an interview with the Commons House magazine, also alleged that sitting MPs could "in some way or another" have been "involved" in abusive or inappropriate behaviour. In the interview, Ms Champion argued that abuse was…
Ukip took a "deliberate, informed and calculated" decision to ensure that a defamation action brought by Rotherham's three Labour MPs should not be settled before the General Election, the High Court has ruled. A year ago, Mr Justice Warby said that Jane Collins, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, should…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has dropped plans to issue rough sleepers with fines if they refuse to engage with services, a campaigner has claimed. A petition of more than 280,000 signatures was handed to council leader Simon Dudley on Thursday asking the council to drop plans to…
More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
The head of Oxfam International has said she will be appointing an independent commission to investigate claims of sexual exploitation. Executive director Winnie Byanyima promised to root out any wrongdoing at the charity and provide justice for anyone abused by its staff. In an interview with the BBC, Ms Byanyima…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales is to review a separated couple's decade-long dispute over access to their daughter after an appeal by the youngster's father. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says he will analyse the case in detail…
A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
A spike in cases of norovirus has seen more than 800 hospital beds closed per day last week, latest official figures show. NHS England also said 10,800 patients had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seen after arriving at accident and emergency departments by ambulance, with more than…
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