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The Commons voted by 376 to 107 last night - a majority of 269 - to give the British health secretary the power to impose a ban on smoking in cars with children present  in England. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Smoking in cars in the presence of children is to be outlawed in England by the end of the year, Downing Street has signalled, after MPs voted overwh(...)

 British Home secretary Theresa May wants a stricter test whereby compensation  would be paid only ‘if the new or newly discovered fact shows beyond reasonable doubt that the person was innocent of the offence’. Photograph: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

The British government will this week make a renewed bid to pass legislation that would make it nearly impossible for those wrongfully convicted of cr(...)

Prime minister David Cameron: was said to have “deep sympathy” for the proposal by Conservative  MP Dominic Raab. Tory ministers were ordered to abstain rather than vote against it. Photograph: PA wire

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have united in a House of Commons vote to block an attempt supported by 85 Conservative MPs to make it easier to d(...)

At a meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers yesterday, British home secretary Theresa May proposed a number of changes to EU laws on free movement, including allowing host countries to cap immigration numbers. Photograph: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Britain brought its campaign against so-called “benefits tourism” to Brussels yesterday, calling for a radical overhaul of European rules on migrat(...)

Police stand guard in front of a property in Brixton, south London. Two people who allegedly held three women as slaves in their south London home for more than 30 years had been arrested previously in the 1970s, but did not say why. Photograph: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Peckford Place, just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Brixton, is a neighbourhood where people live often for years knowing little abou(...)

Two hundred  of London’s existing 10,000 black cab-drivers – who must renew their licences every three years – – are sitting idle; some since July, because of delays in getting criminal records’ clearances.

The London black cab is one of the city’s symbols, occupied by outspoken drivers and able to turn on a six-pence. Last month, the company that makes t(...)

British home secretary Theresa May will unveil on Thursday the government’s much-awaited immigration bill which is expected to announce a series of measures to clamp down on so-called ‘benefits tourism’. Photograph: Getty

“Europe cannot look the other way,” European commission president José Manuel Barroso said yesterday following his visit to the Italian island of Lamp(...)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport.

British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and home secretary Theresa May are heading for a confrontation over the future of Britain’s anti-terror laws (...)

US journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda talks to the media at Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport yesterday. British authorities used anti-terrorism powers on Sunday to detain Mr Miranda as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

David Miranda is to mount a legal challenge over his detention at Heathrow Airport under terror legislation, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has said.(...)

The operation of the European Arrest Warrant has infuriated British MPs on all sides, but particularly Conservatives, who cite example after example where they believe British citizens have been abused.

Today MPs in the House of Commons will practise their own version of Lanigan’s Ball, when they face a vote to step out of 130 European Union police an(...)

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