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Man faces court over PMQs incident

A man allegedly damaged a glass screen during Prime Minister's Questions

A man who had to be escorted from the House of Commons after allegedly throwing a bag of marbles during yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions will appear in court next month.

Fewer pupils gain five A*-C grades

GCSE passes are down this year following reforms

Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show.

Rape victim comments clumsy - Buerk

Ched Evans says he wants to clear his name after he was convicted of rape

BBC veteran Michael Buerk has said he was "clumsy" to criticise the Ched Evans rape victim for being drunk - but maintained her intoxicated state was central to the court case.

New mortgage offers down by 10%

Evidence points to a slowdown in the housing market

The number of mortgage approvals made to home-buyers was 10% lower in September compared with the same month a year earlier in further signs that the housing market is cooling, banks have reported.

Tesco admits £263m hole in accounts

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis says the supermarket has a lot of work to do

Tesco today revealed a £263 million black hole in its accounts that was worse than previously thought as it admitted it had been overstating profits for years.

Stone joins Cenotaph Poppy vigil

Singer Joss Stone holds a photograph of her great-great-grandfather Alfred Stenning, who was killed in the First World War, at the Cenotaph in central London

Pop star Joss Stone pledged her support for this year's Poppy appeal by joining soldiers at a special vigil marking the start of the Royal British Legion's annual fundraising campaign.

Charles pays tribute to Bellingham

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Lynda Bellingham, seen here receiving her OBE from Charles

The Prince of Wales has paid a heartfelt tribute to actress Lynda Bellingham as he promoted a cause she supported - the importance of older workers.

Family 'devastated' by Alice death

Tributes in memory of murdered teenager Alice Gross on the day of her funeral

The family of Alice Gross have said they "find it almost impossible to understand" her "appalling" death after the murdered schoolgirl's funeral.

Extra £8bn for NHS 'is feasible'

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has appealed for a boost in funding from the next government

It should be "perfectly feasible" for politicians to find the extra £8 billion a year needed for the NHS to prevent a funding gap causing severe effects for patients, the head of the health service has said.

Photobomb named word of the year

The Queen had a hand in making 'photobomb' word of the year

Photobomb, an action brought to the nation's consciousness by a host of famous figures from Jennifer Lawrence to the Queen, has been named the word of the year by Collins English Dictionary.

Soulful Sam is big Mobo winner

Sam Smith collected four prizes at the annual awards event

Chart-topping soul singer Sam Smith dedicated his triumph to his parents after celebrating being the big winner at the Mobo Awards.

EU targets 'to raise power bills'

The UK has a legally-binding EU target to source 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020

Energy targets set by Brussels will force up annual household gas and electricity bills by £149 within six years, research has found.

Commanders slam Afghan campaign

British commanders have given a damning assessment of the military campaign in Afghanistan

British commanders have given a damning assessment of the military campaign in Afghanistan, admitting that at times troops were so stretched there was a risk they would be "massacred".