Pigeon feeders and drivers were among thousands of surveillance targets approved by courts under legislation expected to be strengthened by the government's so-called "snooper's charter".
A few hundred protesters marched through Westminster to oppose austerity measures announced in today's Queen's speech - including restrictions on immigration and strikes.
Trade unions representing more than 4.1 million people attack Tory plans to make it more difficult for public sector workers to carry out legal strikes, Kevin Rawlinson and Sahra Ajiba report.
Former minister Simon Burns said it was a joy to be in office in a Tory kaleidoscope government. It was through, he said, a kaleidoscope that all was blue and blessedly without yellow, purple or red.
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has submitted his resignatiom as Middle East peace envoy.
Delivered by the Queen in her speech at the state opening of parliament, the government outlines its political priorities, promising to "bring different parts of the country together."
The surge in support for the radical left Podemos party in Spain's regional elections is the latest manifestation of a spectre haunting Europe: the rise of the anti-austerity movement.