Applicants now may be interviewed to check their suitability for disability badges, while higher-quality, harder-to-forge badges are now issued centrally, not locally. Photograph: Getty

British motorists can be a grumpy lot. Some complaints are justified, some are not. On a long list, the abuse of disabled parking bays in supermarkets(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers:  as transport minister met a lobbyist pitching for planning permission for a controversial rail freight yard in Hertfordshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has been cleared of charges that she broke ministerial disclosure rules by failing to register a meeting w(...)

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A security fence surrounds The Grove hotel which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference in Watford, England.  Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Delegates of a controversial private conference of top politicians and businesspeople arrived at a luxury country hotel today.Several cars with blacke(...)

Denman’s reputation for quality products is key to the support and endorsement of celebrity hairdressers it has enjoyed, such as Vidal Sassoon, pictured here with designer Mary Quant. Photograph: Ronald Dumont/Getty Images

June promises to be a momentous month for Northern Ireland when it hosts the G8 summit of world leaders in Enniskillen. But another gathering w(...)