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Internet 'troll' convictions soar

Convictions for crimes under a law used to prosecute internet 'trolls' have increased eight-fold in a decade

Convictions for crimes under a law used to prosecute internet "trolls" have increased eight-fold in a decade, official figures reveal.

Javid rules out easier dismissals

Sajid Javid said he wants to cut red tape to help small businesses

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has signalled the Government is not planning to revisit plans to make it easier for businesses to sack employees.

Louis fans flames of Cheryl row

Louis Walsh has been involved in a spat with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Louis Walsh has fanned the flames of his spat with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by claiming she would refuse to be an X Factor judge if Nicole Scherzinger returned to the show.

'11 bids for every apprenticeship'

The Local Government Association says young people are missing out on apprenticeships because the system is training older workers

The apprenticeship system is "struggling" to cope with demand as figures suggest there were around 11 applicants for every vacancy, according to a new report.

Dannatt: Send UK troops to fight IS

Lord Dannatt says the Government should 'think the unthinkable'

A former head of the Army has called on the Government to "think the previously unthinkable" and consider sending ground troops to combat Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

EU case 'extraordinarily strong'

Acting Labour Party leader Harriet Harman acknowledges that people want a say on Britain's EU membership

The case for the UK remaining a member of the European Union is "extraordinarily strong", according to Britain's commissioner in Brussels.

Talking dog makes BGT semi-final

French ventriloquist Marc Metral with dog Wendy (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA Wire)

Wendy the talking dog may have sparked controversy among viewers, but she and owner Marc Metral are through to the live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent.

Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze

Prime Minister David Cameron freezing ministers' pay was part of his One Nation approach to tackling the deficit

Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay as David Cameron insists that "we will all play our part" in balancing the books.

Prescott backs Burnham for leader

Andy Burnham has been endorsed for the Labour leadership by Lord Prescott

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his weight behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader.

MPs bid to save Human Rights Act

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for a British Bill of Rights face cross-party opposition

Cross-party discussions have been launched to block David Cameron's bid to scrap the Human Rights Act, with potential Tory rebels being targeted to vote against its abolition.

Navy veteran salutes lost brother

Dunkirk veteran Vic Viner, 98, attends a memorial and plaque unveiling to the 300 killed onboard the MV Crested Eagle paddle steamer during Operation Dynamo on the beach in Zuydcoote, France

Eyes distant, thoughts given over to old memories, navy veteran Vic Viner saluted his lost brother as he unveiled a plaque for those who died on the MV Crested Eagle during the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Dispensing errors law considered

Voluntary reporting by pharmacists shows 10,000 medication errors a year out of a billion prescriptions issued

The Department of Health (DoH) wants to introduce new legislation that would prevent pharmacists from being prosecuted for genuine dispensing errors.

Deaths bungalow to be demolished

Christi and Bobby Shepherd died at a hotel complex in Corfu in October 2006 from carbon monoxide poisoning (West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire)

A hotel bungalow in Corfu where two British children died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a holiday in 2006 will be demolished later this year, according to reports.