Violent clashes in Newcastle




Violent clashes break out during anti-Islam march in Newcastle as hundreds of far-right protesters confront MP George Galloway leading rival demonstration . There were violent clashes on the streets of Newcastle today as hundreds of demonstrators (centre and bottom right) from controversial anti-Islam group Pegida were met by a 2,000-strong counter-protest. Around 400 people from…




Dress colour debate goes global




A debate between family and friends about the colour of a dress for a wedding has become an internet sensation. Alana MacInnes, of Uist, and Caitlin McNeill, from Colonsay, sought views on Tumblr about whether it was gold and white or blue. The debate was picked up by fashion bloggers, Buzzfeed, the Washington Post and…




MPs Rifkind and Straw suspended




Two former foreign secretaries have been suspended from their parliamentary parties after being secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for cash. Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Labour’s Jack Straw both say they have broken no rules. Reporters for the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches posed as staff of a fake…




Labour arts promise for schools




Labour would use Ofsted inspections to put a greater emphasis on art in schools in England, says the party’s leader Ed Miliband. A future Labour government would widen access to the arts, says Mr Miliband. Schools would not be graded as “outstanding” unless offering a wide range of arts subjects and “cultural opportunities”, says Mr…




Secretly-filmed MPs deny wrongdoing




Two former foreign secretaries have been secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds. Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind are the subject of the allegations, arising from a joint investigation by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches. The documentary makers said reporters posed as staff of a…