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Jordan Burling was "invisible to the authorities". The young man had a very troubled life but only had minimal contact with state agencies, including the education system. Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley QC told Leeds Crown Court: "We do not pretend that Jordan Burling had an especially healthy or happy life, even…
The mother and grandmother of a teenager who was allowed to "rot to death" on an inflatable mattress have been convicted of his manslaughter. Jordan Burling (pictured) was said to have resembled the victim of a Second World War death camp when paramedics found him lying lifelessly on the makeshift…
The role of senior police commanders in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal is to be investigated, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) Operation Linden has been looking into South Yorkshire Police's response to the exploitation of hundreds of children over more than a…
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford urged the Conservatives to "press the reset button" on austerity and learn from the Scottish Government on economic policy. Mr Blackford contrasted the policies implemented by the two governments and press Downing Street to move closer to the position north of the border, at a…
Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading reproductive health experts, has argued that the legislation governing abortion across the UK is "fragmented". They said England is "out of step"…
Tenants receiving Universal Credit are collectively in £24 million worth of rent arrears, housing associations have warned. The findings were compiled from surveys of 118 housing associations across Britain. They were released by the National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish…
Matt Hancock's route to Health and Social Care Secretary mirrors that of his predecessor Jeremy Hunt. Both spent time as Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Secretary before taking over the role in charge of one of the nation's most beloved institutions. A graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge universities,…
As Theresa May's Government was plunged into a fresh crisis by Boris Johnson's resignation as Foreign Secretary over Brexit, she rewarded her Remain-campaigning ally Jeremy Hunt with the top Foreign Office job. Mr Johnson's standing down came hours after David Davis quit as Brexit Secretary, causing the Prime Minister to…
A judge has ruled to "keep the door closed" on a mother who has not been told her estranged teenage child has cancer. Mr Justice Hayden said a ban on informing the youngster's mother of her child's condition, imposed at the High Court in London in June, should continue. At…
A woman is to receive damages from the man who harassed her for 12 years after they met through an online dating website. Paul Curran's campaign against former marketing consultant Lindsey Goldrick Dean caused her "enormous anxiety, mental distress and embarrassment", said counsel Gervase de Wilde in London on Monday.…
Police forces across the country are being asked to record abuse and harassment of women as a hate crime. Campaign groups want constabularies in England and Wales to follow the example of Nottinghamshire Police in expanding the scope of hate crime offending to include misogyny. An open letter co-signed by…
Theresa May faces a leadership crisis after David Davis savaged the Government's approach to Brexit while dramatically quitting as the minister responsible for the UK's departure from the European Union. His resignation was warmly welcomed by hardline Eurosceptics in the Tory ranks who were already expressing reservations about Mrs May's…
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