Paul McNamara , Reporter

  • 10 Jul 2018

    If Donald Trump is intent on delivering a lecture to Europe to spend more on defence, in Britain the main narrative has been years of budget cuts, with warnings from military chiefs that the UK’s armed forces could be left badly diminished. That wasn’t the view on display today, though, as the Queen joined thousands…

  • 9 Jul 2018

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has accused Russia of committing “an attack on British soil”, after the death of Dawn Sturgess, who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Her partner Charlie Rowley remains critically ill in hospital. Police are investigating whether it’s linked to the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his…

  • 5 Jul 2018

    A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the death of Alesha McPhail. The six-year-old’s body was found on the Isle of Bute on Monday close to the town of Rothesay where she was staying with her grandparents.

  • 4 Jul 2018

    Police investigating the death of Alesha McPhail on the Scottish island of Bute have warned locals to be vigilant about the safety of their children. Detectives launched a murder inquiry after the body of the six-year- old was discovered in woodland on Monday.

  • 25 Jun 2018

    The fire brigade commander who was in charge of the initial response to the Grenfell Tower fire has admitted he had no idea that fires could spread through cladding. Michael Dowden told the public inquiry into the disaster that he had failed to make a series of compulsory safety checks on the building in the…

  • 20 Jun 2018

    It appears to have started in the late 1980s: a loose regime of medics and nurses habitually dosing mainly elderly patients with opioids, the innocuous instruction on their notes: “Please make comfortable.” At least 456 patients died prematurely, and because records are incomplete, the true number may have been over 600. It happened at Gosport…

  • 18 Jun 2018

    When it comes to public opinion, do voters accept that there is a £20 billion Brexit dividend to spend on the NHS? And separately, will they accept the need for tax rises without punishing the government? We went to Romford in Essex, which voted predominantly to leave the EU, to find out.

  • 16 Jun 2018

    A 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy can now be treated with medicinal cannabis oil – after the Home Secretary used special powers to grant a licence. Charlotte Caldwell said they had ‘achieved the impossible’ after Billy’s six month supply was returned by customs officials who’d seized it at Heathrow. Paul McNamara reports.

  • 11 Jun 2018

    The long summer holidays might sound like an idyllic prospect. But sadly for many young people, it’s a different story. Two in three disadvantaged children are afraid of being attacked or exploited by gangs. That’s just one of the stark findings by the Childhood Trust, which surveyed 12,000 children through the charities it supports. The trust…

  • 5 Jun 2018

    The Director of Public Prosecutions says she will apologise over failures in 47 cases of rape or serious sexual assault where crucial evidence was not shared with defence lawyers. The mistakes were identified in a national review into thousands of cases launched earlier this year after a string of rape cases collapsed because of issues…

  • 2 Jun 2018

    President Trump has fired the opening salvoes in a trade war, but the European Union hasn’t quite returned fire yet. While retaliatory tariffs have been proposed, but not so far imposed, the EU Trade Commissioner had firm words, calling the US levies on European steel and aluminium “protectionist” and “illegal”. She wasn’t alone… France’s President Macron…

  • 29 May 2018

    Three men face jail after they admitted selling a potentially lethal painkiller over the dark web. Leeds Crown Court heard that the gang sold the drug fentanyl to customers throughout the UK and abroad, even though they knew how lethal it was. It’s said to be a hundred times more potent than morphine and the…

  • 24 May 2018

    Now to the latest report in our series of investigations into the number of homeless people dying on the streets. Together with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism we have been trying to put figures on the numbers who die and find out why they died. Tonight we can reveal that there are almost no formal…

  • 17 May 2018

    The decision not to call for a ban on inflammable cladding by the author of a review into the Grenfell Tower fire unleashed a chorus of criticism from across the political spectrum. Within hours of the  review being made public, the government had announced it would consult on a ban, prompting Grenfell survivors to ask why…

  • 6 May 2018

    An “historic regret”. That, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, would be the consequence if America pulls out of the nuclear deal. But the Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu deployed the exact same rhetoric used by Donald Trump – calling the 2015 agreement a “horrible deal”. It’s that kind of international intransigence Boris Johnson is attempting…