Abscondee a threat say Tories

Leading Tories have yet rubbed more salt into the wounds of the scandal ridden Home Office. Tory Homeland Security spokesman Patrick Mercer has slammed Home Office officials for saying that the Briton who absconded is not a danger to the public. Mercer said it was 'a nonsense' that someone on a control order did not pose a threat to public safety. He said: 'The Home Office coming up and saying, you know, it's not so bad, this guy, whoever he is, is not much of a threat.'

Milliband meddling in leadership clash

David Milliband has hinted that New Labour could sink in the next general election due to voter boredom. In an article written in the Daily Telegraph, the Environment minister said that government's winning fourth term elections were rare and that New Labour would have to 'defy political gravity' to win. His outspoken revelation claims that the party requires 'new leadership, new strategy and new culture,' and personally backs Chancellor Gordon Brown to take over the top job.

Brits rule at Globe awards

The tinseltown awards season has begun with several Brits notching up awards in many categories at the Golden Globe ceremony in Los Angeles. Actress Dame Helen Mirren scooped two awards for her realist performance in the movie The Queen and the mini TV series Elizabeth 1. Comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen, better known for his take off as the gangsta rapping Ali G also netted an award for his new film Borat, where he plays a journalist from Kazakhstan in Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Visionist Cameron aims to roll forward 'frontiers of society'

Conservative leader David Cameron has stepped up a gear on the government's iron grip on state control claiming he intends to hand power back to the people. Speaking at a conference the leader of the opposition declared war on Labour's tightened grip calling for more trust to be put in individuals hands. Labour critics have slammed his 'social responsibility' policy claiming it is meaningless.

Cameron: 'I don't really know him very well'

Feisty Tory leader David Cameron has attacked the would - be prime minister Gordon Brown by claiming he has no mandate to lead the country when he takes over the baton from Tony Blair. Speaking in two interviews on Sunday political programmes he said that he doesn't really know the chancellor very well and has called for there to be an early election when Mr Blair steps down from the post in the summer. He said: 'Sometimes in politics you have friendships across the floor of the Commons, but I just don't know him very well.'

Shaky leadership in blunder ridden department

Who is to blame for the shambolic state of the Home Office? Ministers or civil servants? Home Secretary Dr John Reid denied he knew nothing about the backlog of crime files that were failed to be logged onto the national database, but the sorry affair has taken yet another twist. A senior civil servant has resigned over the debacle, but questions still remain unanswered about how much ministers were involved in what they knew about the blunder ridden department and the 540 dangerous criminals who may have slipped through the net.

Becks signs big deal for LA Galaxy

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Celebrity footballer David Beckham may see out his final footballing years in America as he notches up a whopping $250 million dollar contract deal.

Jowell denies she helped oust former BBC Director General

Scandal ridden Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell flatly denies claims that she was implicated in the ousting of the former BBC Director General. Greg Dyke was sacked by BBC governors in the aftermath of the Hutton Report into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. Ms Jowell rejects claims that she colluded with top BBC chiefs to rid the BBC of Dyke. Reports suggest that Jowell and Dyke are at loggerheads and that part in parcel of the sacking was due to the government putting pressure on governors concerning the renewing of the BBC charter.

Embattled minister seeks help from press watchdog

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Two-faced Communities minister Ruth Kelly says she will lodge a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over a tabloid newspaper's decision to name her after she removed one of her sons from a state school to put him in one that is private - something frowned on by the ruling British Labour Party to which she belongs.

Surrey Trading Standards scoop 'Daily Mirror's Hero' award

Surrey Trading Standards have scooped The Daily Mirror's prestigious 'Hero of the Year' 2006 award for driving 'cowboy' conmen off Surrey's streets. The award came after the peak time television programme on ITV The House of Horrors caught several conmen in the act ripping off Surrey consumers. Mirror's tabloid Consumer Champion and Investigator Andrew Penman, said: 'It's never easy picking our Hero of the Year award, but in the end the award for 2006 had to go to Surrey Trading Standards for a fantastic year smashing scams.'