Tony Blair's determination to put reform of public services at the heart of his second administration means a series of cherished schemes will be missing from today's Queen's Speech.
The government's controversial plans to build more waste incinerators will today receive a boost from a National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection report claiming that they present "negligible" health risks.
The minimum wage may have created jobs for young people instead of destroying them, according to research from Warwick University.
Instilling youngsters with an understanding of the importance of marriage is crucial, home secretary David Blunkett said yesterday.
Black-only schools should be set up so that Afro-Caribbean children can be taught away from the institutionalised racism of the existing education system, the London mayor's race adviser said last night.
Nothing short of a worldwide ban on human reproductive cloning will prevent risky and unethical attempts to create duplicate babies, Britain's Royal Society said yesterday. ( Daily Telegraph, Independent, Times )
Tony Blair is facing a summer of discontent as union leaders revolt over moves to increase private-sector involvement in public services. ( Financial Times, Guardian, Independent )
The retiring chief inspector of prisons delivered a parting shot at the Home Office yesterday on the "disgraceful" treatment of young prisoners and the healthcare standards in Britain's jails. ( Independent, Guardian, Financial Times )
A leading US historian was forced to make a humiliating public apology yesterday after it was revealed that he had embellished his personal history with colourful but false roles in Vietnam and the civil-rights struggle. ( Daily Telegraph, Guardian )
A college lecturer who took part in the television quiz show The Weakest Link while off work suffering from stress has lost an appeal against his sacking. ( Times, Guardian )
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