Government slashes amount punters can stake on fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2

Maximum stakes of £2 for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been announced. Ministers have caved into pressure from campaigners to tackle the machines dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling which can devastate lives in minutes. David Cameron shelved plans when he was PM – but Theresa May gave the…

New Home Office scandal as victims of crime are handed over to immigration enforcement

Crime victims are being handed to the Home Office by police for suspected immigration offences in the latest scandal to hit the system, it emerged today. More than half of British forces admitted alerting border officials to foreigners who had been targeted by criminals. Twenty-seven of 45 forces asked by…

Watch Dame Tessa Jowell leave House of Lords in tears with incredibly moving speech about brain tumour battle months before death

Dame Tessa Jowell was given a standing ovation after issuing a rallying cry for all cancer sufferers in a speech that brought the House of Lords to tears months before her death. The Labour veteran, whose death was announced this morning, stunned the Lords into silence during the heartfelt speech…

Clock ticking down to British steel exports being hammered by Donald Trump’s tariffs

British steel bosses were tonight anxiously waiting to see whether EU exports would be slapped with eye-watering US tariffs. Donald Trump planned to hammer metal entering America with 25% duties as the clock ticked down early on Tuesday. Industry sources suggested the US President could throw EU firms another last-minute…

Amber Rudd resigns: Live updates as Home Secretary quits – and Theresa May prepares to appoint a replacement

Who are the Windrush generation? The Windrush arrives from Jamaica, 21 June 1948 (Image: Getty) The ‘Windrush generation’ are British residents who arrived from Commonwealth countries before New Year’s Day 1973. They are named after the Empire Windrush, the ship which brought some of the first Caribbean migrants to Britain…

Amber Rudd resigns: Live reaction as Home Secretary quits hours before MPs’ grilling over Windrush and immigration targets

Why did Amber Rudd resign? (Image: AFP) Theresa May accepted the Cabinet Minister’s resignation following two weeks of revelations over how the top Tory had lost control of the Home Office. The Home Secretary, 53, claimed not to have known about immigration removal targets but today a memo was leaked…

Amber Rudd finally resigns as Home Secretary after Windrush scandal and claims she misled MPs over immigration targets

Under-fire Amber Rudd has QUIT her role as Home Secretary amid the scandal over immigration targets and Windrush migrants. Theresa May accepted the Cabinet Minister’s resignation following two weeks of revelations over how the top Tory had lost control of the Home Office. The Home Secretary, 53, claimed not to…

Fears two badgers which starred in top BBC show could be targeted by marksmen carrying out cull to tackle bovine TB

Two hand-reared badgers watched by millions on a BBC show presented by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall could be culled, campaigners fear. Gnat and Bumblebee appeared on Hugh’s Wild West this month being cared for by volunteers at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre. The creatures were later released in Somerset –…

Tory Transport Secretary Chris Grayling accused of ‘lying’ over decision to scrap rail electrification plans

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is today accused of “lying” over his controversial decision to scrap major rail electrification projects. Whitehall’s spending watchdog savages the Cabinet Minister in a bombshell verdict on his reasons for cancelling schemes on the Great Western Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line…

Legal bid launched to stop Vladimir Putin’s Russia hosting World Cup as tensions mount over Salisbury nerve agent attack

A legal bid to stop Vladimir Putin’s Russia hosting the World Cup this summer is being launched by activists. Campaigners warn it could be dangerous for fans travelling to the tournament as tensions mount in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack. And they fear the increasingly isolated president…