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Figures show first-time buyers joining the property ladder this year have spent on average more than £50,000 on rent

Homeowners spending more than £50,000 on rent before buying first property

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy is due to face a sentencing hearing

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy to be sentenced for tax evasion

Rolls-Royce said the restructuring programme it started in November "continues to make good progress"

Rolls-Royce profits fall 12% to £1.4bn

Prime Minister David Cameron with Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids' Company founder denies 'mesmerising' David Cameron

Arthur Simpson-Kent was wanted over the death of Sian Blake and her two sons

Sian Blake murder: Police arrest man at Heathrow

Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl

England player Adam Johnson on trial over sexual activity with child

Protests outside the Department of Health in London after Jeremy Hunt announced he would impose a new contract on thousands of junior doctors

Hospital bosses: We didn't back forced doctors contract

David Cameron is preparing for next week's crunch talks in Brussels

David Cameron to lay out EU reform 'wider agenda' case

Latest politics news

World powers work to craft Syria ceasefire

Ex-Premier League footballer Marcus Bent could be jailed for affray and cocaine possession

Ex-Premier League player Marcus Bent could be jailed over affray and cocaine

Chewing sugar-free gum can be "extremely effective" in reducing the risk of decay, researchers said

Youngsters chewing sugar-free gum 'could save NHS £8.2m' in dental treatments

Concerns have been raised about the rate of prisoner suicides

Prison suicides cost taxpayer up to £300m a year - charity

Pensioners are living longer than ever, according to a sudy

Pensioners can expect to live longer than ever, study shows

Novelist Frederick Forsyth has penned the words to a song performed by Royal Opera House soprano Melissa

Novelist Frederick Forsyth takes on lyricist role in song for soldiers

The TUC said it was "disappointed" firms would not have to publish their gender pay gap figures until 2018

Companies to publish gender pay gap under new government initiative

The Only Way Is Essex star has been confirmed as the replacement for Olympic gold-winning medallist Linford Christie

James 'Arg' Argent returns to The Jump after Linford Christie injury

MPs say new European Union data protection laws do not go far enough

Personal data privacy breaches 'should carry a jail term'

The Department for Transport has been urged to develop an alternative commercial strategy to be used if competition for rail franchises continues to fall

Rail franchises may not be value for money due to dwindling interest - MPs

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said primary school children have "burst into tears with frustration" at the tests because they do not understand what they are supposed to be doing.

Baseline tests on infants should be scrapped, teachers' union says

James Argent is returning to The Jump

James 'Arg' Argent returns to The Jump after Linford Christie injury

New research suggests that e-cigarette vapour may be as damaging as tobacco smoke to the nervous systems of the foetus or newborn infant

E-cigarette vapour 'as damaging for babies' brain development as tobacco smoke'

Undated handout photo issued by Dorset Police of David Chadwick who was released from prison recently but breached his licence conditions on Tuesday, Dorset police said.

Police hunt paedophile over licence breach

 Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland

Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland after admitting sexual activity with girl

About 317.8 billion miles were travelled on Britain's roads in 2015

Traffic in Britain hits highest level with 317.8bn miles travelled

Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe will remain in the post until at least September 2017

Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has contract extended for a year

Three in ten female rape victims were aged under 16

30% of female rape victims are girls aged under 16

Student Muzi Li at the Institute of Gravitational Research at Glasgow University holding a phone that shows a computer simulation of gravity waves - ripples in spacetime - which have been detected by scientists a century after Albert Einstein predicted th

Einstein's gravity waves detected a century after his prediction

Matt Brittin, president of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, was accused of "living on another planet"

Google: We pay 'fair' tax amount in the UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt delivers a statement to the House of Commons, London, outlining how talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) have ended in a stalemate

NHS bosses cited in letter 'don't back imposition of junior doctor contracts'

Philip Hammond said the UK still has "issues" with the proposed EU reform package

Philip Hammond: UK still has issues with EU reform proposals

Oliver Letwin vowed to press ahead with plans to cut the number of MPs to 600

Ministers press ahead with plan to cut MP numbers to 600

A EuroMillions ticket win in Ireland won 66 million euro

Friends who won 66 million euro in syndicate choose to keep their names secret

A new obligation for companies to retain ICRs for up to a year is one of the key planks of the Government's landmark Investigatory Powers Bill

Spying laws rethink demanded after third inquiry finds proposals 'flawed'

The OK Go video premiered on Facebook

OK Go defy gravity in music video first

Adam Osborne did not attend the four-day disciplinary hearing in Manchester

George Osborne's psychiatrist brother struck off over affair with patient

Henry Worsley died 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic unsupported (Family handout/PA)

William attends funeral of polar explorer Henry Worsley

The Duchess Of Cornwall at the University of Southampton with Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden and graduates after she was awarded an honorary doctorate

Camilla awarded honorary degree for work on bone condition

The head teacher included an item about 'toilet etiquette' in last week's school newsletter

Parents asked to stop children urinating in school playground

A new video purportedly shows a young British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.

New IS video shows 'British boy blowing up prisoners'

The men were appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Islamic terror suspects 'could return to UK after conviction'

Lance Sergeant Matthew Lawson brings a police chase crashing to a halt by casually tripping up a suspected drug dealer (Kingston Police/Twitter/PA)

'Legend' who tripped up suspected drug dealer revealed as soldier

Harrison Ford was injured during the filming at Pinewood Studios of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens

Stars Wars film company prosecuted over Harrison Ford leg break

Latest courts news

Cousin of teenage 'terror twins' guilty of Syria jihad charges

Private Cheryl James, who was found dead from a bullet wound at Deepcut Barracks in 1995

Deepcut trainees left to take illegal drugs and drink under age, inquest told

Mark Rylance is up for best actor for his role as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall TV drama leads Broadcasting Press Guild award nominations

Govia Thameslink - which is responsible for Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express services - is the worst affected operator

Crew shortages blamed for nearly 10% of train delays and cancellations

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he can't really apologise to Lord Bramall

Met Police boss: I cannot really apologise for Lord Bramall sex abuse probe

Jeremy Kyle and Carla have been divorced

Jeremy Kyle and wife Carla divorce in 20-second hearing

Hilary Benn makes his position clear in Labour's internal row over nuclear weapons

Nuclear powers will not throw away weapons if UK disarms, says Hilary Benn


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