Improvements to free childcare needed, say Tories

Considerable improvements to the accessibility and flexibility of free childcare are needed, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

‘Small army’ leaving prison without job or accommodation, ex-minister warns

A “small army of people" are leaving prison without any form of employment or accommodation, a former minister has warned.

Dossier details allegations of sexual abuse within Labour Party

Some 43 women have given anonymous testimony of incidents ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled

UK retailers are urged to follow the lead of a Dutch supermarket chain in introducing aisles selling products free of plastic packaging.

Criticism of ‘cruel’ treatment as figures show 38 military dogs destroyed

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that not enough effort was being made to rehome the animals.

‘Skunk’ dominates UK cannabis market, study finds

High-potency strains of the drug accounted for the vast majority of police seizures in a sample of cases studied.

Tigers could vanish from a third of protected areas, experts warn

Major management issues are leaving tiger populations at risk in 35% of sites assessed across 11 countries by WWF and partners.

Newlyweds died of ‘burns complications’ from Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Ellie Milward and Jonathan Udall died in hospital from ‘complications of thermal injury’, a coroner said.

Further talks agreed in bid to resolve dispute over lecturers’ pensions

A spokesman for Universities UK acknowledged there was a ‘significant distance’ between the parties.

Sande tells of admiration for F1 champion

Singer Emeli Sande has spoken of her admiration for motor racing star Lewis Hamilton, while saying she played for a football team growing up.