The samples were mostly blood specimens but also included bodily waste, biopsies and other human tissue. Photograph: Getty Images/ File photo

Hundreds of hospital samples taken from patients to test for infection, disease and cancer have been lost in hospitals throughout Northern Ireland ove(...)

UK Labour shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh. Ms Creagh has   joined the party’s leadership contest.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh has joined the race to succeed Ed Miliband, promising to “earn back the trust that middle Engla(...)

The review is expected to reveal a culture of ignorance which “protected” Savile. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out campaigns of abuse over decades at the BBC has been postpon(...)

First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon waves from aboard a helicopter before leaving the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Ed Miliband’s admission that a Labour government is ”not going to happen” if the price of power is doing a deal with the SNP will drive more people to(...)

Labour leader Ed Milibandtakes part in a special BBC ‘Question Time’ programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 2:25

Labour leader, Ed Miliband has insisted that he will not “lop off bits of my manifesto” to reach a deal with the Scottish National Party after the Ma(...)

File photograph of Prof Aidan Halligan. The noted UK-based Irish doctor has died at the age of 57. File photograph: NHS

Prof Aidan Halligan, the UK-based Irish doctor who turned down the chance to become the first head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) more than a d(...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

Mash Direct director Tracy Hamilton says: “The entire company is gluten-free now and that’s very important to a lot of our customers.”

Gabriel Scientific Gabriel Scientific took the 2012 overall Innovation Award for its Sleep Angel pillow which significantly reduces exposure to allerg(...)

Sun columnist and businesswoman Katie Hopkins has been reported to police over claims she may have incited racial hatred in Rochdale by suggesting Pakistani men in the area were sex abusers.. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Sun columnist and businesswoman Katie Hopkins has been reported to police over claims she may have incited racial hatred in Rochdale by suggesting Pak(...)

Irish nationals now make up one in six of all foreign nationals sitting on British boards. Photograph: Getty Images

The recent article by Mark Hennessy reporting the fact that there are nearly 30,000 Irish citizens serving on the boards of British companies is a wel(...)