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  • Trust sorry for MEP cremation error
    Trust sorry for MEP cremation error 9 hours ago

    An NHS trust has issued an apology after a mix-up led to the wrong body being cremated at the funeral of a Conservative MEP. More »

  • Yentob phone like 'Aladdin's Cave'
    Yentob phone like 'Aladdin's Cave' 10 hours ago

    TV executive Alan Yentob's voicemail was an Aladdin's Cave of stories for journalists from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), the High Court phone hacking trial has heard. More »

  • Miliband Accuses PM Of 'Cowering From Public'
    Miliband Accuses PM Of 'Cowering From Public' 10 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "cowering from the public" after the Prime Minister ruled out a head-to-head TV debate. The Labour leader told Mr Cameron it was time to "stop ducking and weaving and name the date". Last night the Prime Minister issued an ultimatum to broadcasters saying he will only take part in one 90-minute TV election debate with at least seven party leaders before the end of March - ruling out going toe-to-toe with Mr Miliband. The move has sparked an angry response and Mr Cameron has been accused of "moral cowardice", being "frit" and of trying to "bully" broadcasters. More »

  • Cameron veto throws UK election debate plans into chaos
    Cameron veto throws UK election debate plans into chaos 10 hours ago

    Plans for televised debates between Britain's main party leaders Wednesday collapsed into chaos after Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed the broadcasters' plans, barely two months before the general election More »

  • David Cameron TV debate storm: Sky might 'empty chair' the prime minister …
    David Cameron TV debate storm: Sky might 'empty chair' the prime minister … 12 hours ago

    David Cameron's reluctance to engage in a one-on-one debate with Ed Miliband has brought rousing charges of political cowardice and feverish speculation about empty chairs. Sky, Channel 4, ITV and the BBC have all said they would be prepared to 'empty chair' the Prime Minister. My belief is that Sky might do this, but it is unlikely the BBC would follow them. Well he will be mindful of the lessons of 2010, when Gordon Brown held a three-way debate involving the leaders of all three political parties. More »

  • India's Daughter: Banning the Delhi rape documentary only reinforces the …
    India's Daughter: Banning the Delhi rape documentary only reinforces the … 12 hours ago

    A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Mukesh Singh told Udwin. The documentary is hard to watch, but what is considerably more difficult to comprehend is the extent of violence against women and girls in India. Her life was of no value." Banning the documentary adds to the already overwhelming problem of gender discrimination. The silencing of such horrific truths by Delhi authorities will do nothing to alter the deep-rooted cultural attitudes towards women. Yet, authorities aside, women in India are all too aware of the danger they face on a daily basis. More »

  • Row over terrorist non-prosecution
    Row over terrorist non-prosecution 12 hours ago

    A row has erupted between police and prosecutors over the failure to bring charges in the British courts against an al Qaida terrorist who plotted to blow up a Manchester shopping centre. More »

  • Political Times: The TV debate row, Ukip's immigration plan and Nick Clegg …
    Political Times: The TV debate row, Ukip's immigration plan and Nick Clegg … 13 hours ago

    The issue of TV debates ahead of the general election has reignited after Ed Miliband pressed David Cameron on the matter. Nick Clegg, his Coalition Government partner, accused the prime minister of holding Sky, Channel 4, the BBC and ITV "to ransom". Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell went further. Nigel Farage stressed that the proposal was "positive" and "normal". More »

  • Alan Carr to get Chatty with The Voice coaches
    Alan Carr to get Chatty with The Voice coaches 13 hours ago

    Chatty Man returns to Channel 4 later this month. More »

  • Cameron torpedoes TV debate plans before election
    Cameron torpedoes TV debate plans before election 13 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron torpedoed plans for a series of U.S.-style TV debates before a close-fought national election in Britain, a spoiling tactic widely seen as a move to protect his own high personal ratings and to deprive rivals of publicity. Britain's future in the European Union and its territorial integrity could hang on the outcome as Cameron has promised an EU membership referendum if he wins and an 'out' vote would prompt another Scottish push to leave the United Kingdom. Cameron blamed broadcasters for what he said were chaotic preparations for three debates planned before the May 7 election, saying he would only take part in one debate next month if it included the leaders of six other parties, most of them minor. "This is our final offer, and to be clear ... the prime minister will not be participating in more than one debate," Craig Oliver, Cameron's communications chief, told broadcasters, prompting rivals to accuse the British leader of cowardice. More »

  • PM: I'm unblocking debate logjam
    PM: I'm unblocking debate logjam 13 hours ago

    David Cameron has denied putting obstacles in the way of televised leaders' debates ahead of the general election, after Labour accused him of "running scared" of a head-to-head showdown with Ed Miliband. More »

  • Musical battle on Chatty Man sofa
    Musical battle on Chatty Man sofa 13 hours ago

    The four coaches from BBC singing show The Voice will share a sofa with one of the success stories from rival show The X Factor in the new series of Alan Carr's chat show. More »

  • India condemns BBC for showing rape documentary
    India condemns BBC for showing rape documentary 14 hours ago

    India’s home minister Rajnath Singh said the BBC should not have screened India’s Daughter. More »

  • Roger Allam to play The Truth Commissioner
    Roger Allam to play The Truth Commissioner 15 hours ago

    New political thriller The Truth Commissioner, starring Roger Allam, has begun filming in Northern Ireland. More »

  • Check out the trailer for Michelle Keegan's new drama
    Check out the trailer for Michelle Keegan's new drama 15 hours ago

    The first trailer for BBC One’s Ordinary Lies, starring the former Corrie actress, has been released. More »

  • India asks YouTube to remove Delhi rape film
    India asks YouTube to remove Delhi rape film 15 hours ago

    India has asked YouTube to remove all links to a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi after banning its broadcast, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. Leslee Udwin's "India's Daughter" features an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of four men sentenced to death for the rape and torture of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012. "We just forwarded the court order and asked them (YouTube) to comply," an official at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology told Reuters. It was still possible to view the documentary on websites such as YouTube after British broadcaster BBC aired it outside India on Wednesday. More »

  • Allam to play Truth Commissioner
    Allam to play Truth Commissioner 16 hours ago

    The Thick Of It star Roger Allam is to get political once again in new thriller The Truth Commissioner, set in Northern Ireland. More »

  • David Walliams: No dates Aloud with Cheryl and co
    David Walliams: No dates Aloud with Cheryl and co 17 hours ago

    David Walliams appears on a special edition of Graham Norton’s show on Friday. More »

  • Ben Miller in new BBC show
    Ben Miller in new BBC show 17 hours ago

    The writers of The Worst Week Of My Life are “recoupling” with the comic actor. More »

  • India condemns BBC rape documentary
    India condemns BBC rape documentary 17 hours ago

    A senior Indian government minister has condemned the BBC for screening the controversial documentary India's Daughter. More »

  • PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates
    PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates 17 hours ago

    David Cameron has been accused of trying to "bully" broadcasters into dropping plans for a head-to-head election debate with Ed Miliband. The Prime Minister has said he will only take part in one TV election debate, ruling out a contest with the Labour leader. Downing Street now says the Prime Minister is only prepared to participate in a 90-minute debate with at least seven party leaders before the end of March. Speaking on his weekly LBC radio phone-in Nick Clegg offered to stand in for Mr Cameron in a debate with the Labour leader. More »

  • Ex-UK lawmaker home searched by police investigating VIP child abuse claims 18 hours ago

    A former lawmaker said on Thursday British police investigating allegations of historical child sex crimes involving powerful establishment figures in the 1970s and 1980s had carried out a search of his home. Harvey Proctor, who was a Conservative member of parliament during Margaret Thatcher's period as prime minister in the 1980s, told BBC radio detectives had visited his house in Grantham, in central England. "The police have said ... that they're investigating historical sex abuse allegations going back to the 1970s and 1980s," Proctor, who denied any wrongdoing, told BBC radio. "I find myself in a very Kafkaesque, fantasy situation." In a brief statement, a London police spokesman said officers from Operation Midland were searching a house in Grantham. More »