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Labour warned on credible policies

Labour leader Ed Miliband has been warned he must demonstrate credible policies

Labour must demonstrate it has credible policies to rebuild and grow the economy if it is to regain power at the next general election, a former senior policy adviser to the party has warned.

Teachers to debate pay row action

Teachers are considering fresh strikes

Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Man to face court over arms haul

A man will appear in court today in connection with firearms offences after assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns, an Uzi and a Thompson machine gun were seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun hauls.

Health and safety cases ridiculed

'Ridiculous' health and safety excuses including a ban on girls wearing frilly socks were highlighted by health and safety minister Mike Penning

A Government minister has written to schools and councils to highlight a spate of "ridiculous" health and safety excuses including a ban on girls wearing frilly socks and refusal to clear up dog mess in a playground.

Payouts to teachers on the rise

Teachers were awarded tens of millions of pounds in compensation in 2013

Teachers were awarded tens of millions of pounds in compensation last year, after bringing claims for accidents, attacks and discrimination at work.

Crackdown on 'dodgy directors'

Business Secretary Vince Cable is proposing moves towards more curbs and punishments to crack down on so-called "dodgy directors"

The Government is set to bring forward proposals aiming to implement more restrictions and punishments for s o-called "dodgy directors".

John Lewis to celebrate 150 years

The department store's Oxford Street flagship will host the focus of the commemorations

John Lewis is to mark its 150th anniversary with a celebration of the company's growth from a humble draper's shop to a £4 billion international business.

Teachers warn over pupil poverty

Children are turning up for school hungry, it has been claimed

Children are turning up for school cold, hungry and wearing unwashed or unsuitable clothes because their families are facing money problems, teachers are warning.

Russia launches Arctic oil shipment

The first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe has been launched, Greenpeace said

The first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe has been launched, in a "defining moment" for the region, according to Greenpeace.

Shooting death suspects 'dinosaurs'

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is investigating after a man was shot dead in West Belfast

Dissident republican suspects in the killing of one of their former commanders in Belfast are "dinosaurs trapped in the past", the city's Lord Mayor said.

Anger as CBI backs Scots 'no' vote

The CBI has informed the Electoral Commission of its pro-union stance in the Scottish independence referendum.

A major business lobbying organisation has registered with the Electoral Commission to formally back a "no" vote in the independence referendum, prompting some of its members to leave.