Justice Secretary right to ask questions on Chief Constable return, MSPs told

The Justice Secretary would have been “failing in his duty” had he not asked questions about the decision to reinstate Chief Constable Phil Gormley, MSPs have heard.

Chimneys on the National Trust property The Vyne, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, are unveiled as part of a £5.4m conservation project (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Stately home’s restored chimneys unveiled as part of major conservation work

The restored chimneys of The Vyne in Hampshire have been unveiled as part of a £5.4 million repair project to the roof of the National Trust property.

Molly McLaren, who was stabbed to death n a shopping centre car park (Kent Police/PA)

Man accused of murdering ex-girlfriend in frenzied stabbing

A man stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in a frenzied attack in a shopping centre car park after begging her not to break up with him, a court heard.

Gary Oldman was nominated for an Oscar

Oldman, Day-Lewis and Kaluuya all up for best actor Oscar

Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis and Daniel Kaluuya will battle it out for best actor at the Oscars where a host of British talent are up for awards.

Isaiah Haastrup court case

Mother of brain-damaged boy says God, not doctors, should decide when he dies

A Pentecostal Christian whose brain-damaged 11-month-old son is at the centre of a life-support treatment battle has told a High Court judge that God, not doctors, should decide when the little boy dies.

Sainsbury's is making changes to its store staffing (John Stillwell/PA)

Thousands of shop floor jobs at risk in Sainsbury’s restructure

Sainsbury’s has announced a management shake-up at its supermarkets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

A graphic representation of a section of the new north-south electricity interconnector (SONI/PA)

Planning green light for £200m cross-border electricity interconnector

Planners have given the green light to a £200 million cross-border electricity connector between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Barry Bennell denies a string of sex abuse allegations (PA)

Bennell ‘abused boy after talk by Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall’

An alleged victim of Barry Bennell has told a court he was abused by the former football coach in the changing rooms of Crewe Alexandra after a talk given by Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall.

Gerry Adams

Oglaigh na hEireann ceasefire announcement ‘long overdue’

The ceasefire announcement by Oglaigh na hEireann has received a cautious welcome on both sides of the Irish border.

John Worboys is understood to have been moved to HMP Belmarsh (Steve Parsons/PA)

Fresh uproar after Worboys is moved to London jail

Black-taxi rapist John Worboys has been moved to a London jail ahead of his release, sparking fresh anger over the case.

The speaker's launch was delayed from December (Apple)

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker to launch on February 9

HomePod, Apple’s smart home music speaker to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home, will go on sale in the UK on February 9.

Cabinet meeting

Cabinet talks must stay private, PM tells Boris Johnson

Theresa May has warned ministers that Cabinet discussions should remain private as Boris Johnson mounted a fresh push for extra spending for the NHS.

The royal wedding will take place in Windsor in May (Joe Giddens/PA)

Two Tory councillors quit over royal wedding beggar controversy

Two Conservative councillors from the local authority caught up in a row over rough sleepers and the royal wedding have quit the party group in protest.

In recent months North Korea has conducted several increasingly sophisticated nuclear tests as it expanded its missile programme (MoD/PA)

North Korea could develop weapons to strike Britain within two years, MPs have heard

North Korea could develop weapons within the next two years that may be capable of reaching and striking Britain, MPs have heard.

Council workers' pay offer has been rejected

Pay deal rejected by local government workers’ leaders

Leaders of the biggest local government workers’ union have rejected a two-year pay offer and will now consult members on the next step.

Schoolgirl Ursula Keogh disappeared on Monday (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

Body found in river identified as missing schoolgirl

A body found in a river in West Yorkshire has been formally identified as that of an 11-year-old schoolgirl.

SnapChat is one of the most popular social media platforms (Kirsty O?Connor/PA)

Snapchat update allows Stories to be shared with those outside of app

Snapchat is to allow users to share Stories created on the platform with those outside the app for the first time.

The driver was banned for 18 months and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation

CCTV shows dramatic level crossing van crash

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released showing a van smashing through a level crossing barrier.

Ben Bradley has apologised for his initial comments about the jobless getting sterilised (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/(Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)/PA)

MP defends ‘broad point’ behind ‘immature’ remark on jobless being sterilised

A Tory MP has defended the “broad point” behind his suggestion that benefits claimants should have vasectomies by saying working people find it frustrating when a minority “take advantage” of the welfare system.

Airplane stock

EasyJet shares soar to two-year high as rivals’ woes boost business

EasyJet shares were trading at two-year highs as Ryanair’s pilot shortage and the demise of competitor Monarch paved the way for a strong first quarter for the budget airline.

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