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The family of a woman who was strangled after being left in the clutches of a convicted murderer plan to sue the police over a catalogue of blunders and are calling for a public inquiry into how forces deal with domestic violence. More »Family urge murder case inquiry
LONDON (Reuters) - British farmers will be the first in Europe to get a vaccine against Schmallenberg virus, a new livestock disease that hit the continent in 2011. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday that MSD Animal Health, a unit of Merck & Co, had been issued a licence for the new vaccine after an accelerated assessment to make it available this summer. As a result, farmers will be able to vaccinate sheep and cattle before most of them become pregnant, which is important as exposure to the virus can cause damage to foetuses. ... More »UK first in EU to get Merck's new Schmallenberg vaccine
British Prime Minister David Cameron headed off another Conservative rebellion Monday after the opposition Labour Party helped him see off a "wrecking amendment" which had threatened his gay marriage bill. More »British PM survives gay marriage vote
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's flagship gay marriage policy deepened a rift in his own party on Monday after many of his own MPs defied him in a sign of growing strains on his leadership and his coalition government. Almost 40 percent of Cameron's 303 MPs in the Commons voted for an ultimately unsuccessful amendment that would have allowed registrars to refuse to perform gay marriage ceremonies if they objected. Scores backed another amendment that the government said would have sabotaged its efforts to legalise same sex unions. ... More »Gay marriage law strains Cameron's leadership, government
By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - Some spectators at London's Chelsea Flower Show wouldn't be caught dead with one in the boot of their Bentley, but garden gnomes have turned up at the show's 100th edition this year, for charity. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which runs Chelsea in the grounds of the Christopher Wren-built Royal Hospital Chelsea, has lifted a ban on the ceramic figures with floppy hats and beards in order to raise funds for an RHS charity that supports the use of gardens in schools. ... More »A gnome grows in Chelsea - at the flower show, that is
(Reuters) - The privatisation of five UK prisons has been delayed by the Ministry of Justice following an investigation into whether it was overcharged on two contracts with private-sector companies, the Financial Times reported. The winning bidders for the privatisation of HMP Northumberland and South Yorkshire, which together total five prisons, had expected to be told this week, the paper said. The decision has been delayed partly because the personnel involved with the procurement process are now busy on the probe, the Financial Times said on its website. ... More »UK delays award of prison privatisation contract - FT
Prince William has issued a heartfelt plea to the nation not to forget the injured members of the British Armed Forces. More »Prince William: 'Don't Forget Injured Forces'
Criminal suspects who have been arrested should not be named until they are charged except for in "clearly identified circumstances" such as a threat to life, according to new official guidance issued to police forces in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry. More »Police should not name arrested
The new England football kit has been revealed and was instantly compared to West Germany's outfit in the 1960s and 70s by some fans. More »New England Kit 'Looks Like Old German Strip'