Alan Johnson to become Home Secretary
Gordon Brown has begun a make-or-break reshuffle in a bid to reassert his authority over government after James Purnell last night became the third Cabinet minister to quit in the past three days.
Alan Johnson, the former health secretary, is understood to have accepted the job of home secretary. The weakened prime minister is expected to allow Alistair Darling to retain his post as chancellor, in a blow to Ed Balls, the children’s minister and Brown’s ally.
Sonnex’s probation officer had three times the average caseload
Lewisham probation office was in meltdown when Dano Sonnex was released from jail. Each senior officer was carrying out the work of more than two people and sickness rates were averaging 27 days a year.
EastEnders hires disabled actor for first time
EastEnders is to feature for the first time a character who uses a wheelchair as part of a series of measures by the BBC to raise the profile of disabled actors and performers.
‘Ego’ charities urged to merge
Too many charities are driven by the “ego and self interest” of their founders and managers at the expense of the people they were set up to serve, a thinktank says today.
Facebook link sees family reunited after 30 years
A man given up for adoption as a child spoke today of his delight after being reunited with his family thanks to the social networking website Facebook.
Probation blunders led to murder of students
Blunders revealed as Dano Sonnex and Nigel Farmer guilty of French student murders
Device offers hope to children with communication problems
Scientists have developed a pioneering technology that allows children with communication difficulties to interact more easily with parents and carers, it was announced today.
Probe to help TV star kids
Rules for kids joining shows like Britain’s Got Talent are to be reviewed by the Government.