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Live Reporting

Matthew Davis and Alison Stenlake

All times stated are UK

  1. Live page ends

    That concludes our live page trial for Monday 8 December.

  2. Coalition divisions

    BBC News Channel

    Edward Leigh

    Senior Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh has called for the coalition government to break up in an interview with the BBC's Norman Smith. "It's just the walking undead at the moment," he said, adding there was virtually no legislation currently going through Parliament.

    On the news the Commons authorities will investigate who took a photo of the Tory MP Nigel Mills playing Candy Crush, Sir Edward said: "I would say get a life." Committee business can be boring, said the former chairman of a select committee. "If Nigel can keep himself awake playing games, good on him."

  3. Disability fund closure lawful

    Daniel Boettcher

    BBC News

    Campaigners have lost a High Court bid to block government plans to close the Independent Living Fund which supports about 18,000 people with severe disabilities.

    In 2012 the government announced plans to transfer the budget to local authorities, saying this was the best way to make sure people received targeted help. But campaigners say the money won't be ring-fenced and they will lose out on essential funding when the fund closes next year.

  4. Bus wheelchair ruling

    Doug Paulley

    Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users, judges have ruled.

    First Bus appealed against a court ruling won by wheelchair user Doug Paulley that the firm's policy was discriminatory.

    Mr Paulley, of West Yorkshire, told BBC News: "In a way I'm a little sad that we've not won but in a way it's really good because it makes it clear exactly what bus companies have to do. They make it clear they've got to do everything short of chucking people off the bus. So I feel like in many respects we've won some significant rights for disabled people even though we haven't won the letter of the law."

  5. Dewani case thrown out

    Memorial to Anni Dewani

    Ashok Hindocha, Anni Dewani's uncle, has released a statement saying the family "will always live without ever knowing" what happened, in the wake of the collapse of the case against her husband Shrien Dewani.

    "We would have preferred that Shrien Dewani went into the witness box and told in his words what happened after he was accused of her murder," he said. "We know now that he was having gay sex with male prostitutes and declared himself bisexual on the first day of his trial."

    BBC News' Chris Kelly has been looking at how a dream wedding turned into a nightmare honeymoon.

  6. Bus wheelchair ruling

    BBC News Channel

    Giles Fearnley

    Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users, a judge has ruled.

    Giles Fearnley, managing director of First Bus Group, told the BBC News Channel his company didn't regard the decision as a victory, but welcomed the legal clarity.

    "It's common decency for people to move," he said. "Every day the bus industry carries thousands of wheelchair users successfully."

  7. Dewani case thrown out

    BBC News Channel

    Nathi Ncube of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority, tells the BBC News Channel: "It's a disappointment. It was always going to be a challenge for us. We were relying on the evidence of three people who themselves had been convicted."

    Ncube says plea bargain deals with those who gave evidence against Shrien Dewani will stand. The judge's decision will not be appealed. Latest reaction is on the BBC's dedicated Dewani trial live page.

  8. Hungry Britain

    The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Presented by Martha Kearney

    A Conservative peer has told the BBC she made a "mistake" when she said "poor people can't cook". Baroness Jenkin made the comment at the launch of a report on food bank use this morning. She has now told the BBC her comment was "unscripted" and "a mistake", and she apologised "to anybody who's been offended by it". She added that "everybody can probably budget better". You can hear the full interview on the World at One, at 1300 on BBC Radio 4.

  9. Dewani case thrown out


    The prosecution case against Shrien Dewani - who has been cleared of arranging the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in South Africa - floundered from day one of the trial, as the BBC's Rhiannon Beacham reports.

  10. Hungry Britain

    BBC News Channel


    Bishop Tim Thornton of Truro tells the BBC News Channel: "It's quite shocking the number of people who do need to use food banks. We estimate it's about four million people. It's quite a scandal that so many people do need to use them in our country."

    The bishop, co-chair of the parliamentary report on food poverty, dismissed those who say the existence of food banks encourages people to use them, saying: "I can assure you people don't choose to do it unless they really have to."

  11. Dewani case thrown out


    Follow the latest developments and reaction after a South African judge throws out the murder case against British businessman Shrien Dewani on our dedicated live page. Key updates on that story and the rest of the day's unfolding news will continue to be available in this stream.

  12. Latest headlines

    Shrien Dewani - a Briton accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife, Anni on their honeymoon four years ago - is not guilty, a South African judge has said.

    Judges have ruled that bus companies are not legally required to have a policy forcing parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users.

    An income squeeze, benefit delays and high utility bills are blamed by a cross-party committee of MPs for a rise in hunger in the UK.

    A state memorial service for the Australian cricketer, Phil Hughes, who was struck by a cricket ball, has been cancelled.

  13. Coalition divisions

    Danny Alexander

    In an article in the Telegraph newspaper the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander accuses the Tories of "pandering to UKIP". Here's the full video of the Liberal Democrat minister's interview with Today's James Naughtie in which he says he was referring to the way in which senior Conservatives talk openly about taking Britain out of the European Union.

    Key quote: "If you want a recipe for economic chaos, then following a path which takes Britain out the EU that's what you'd get."

  14. BreakingBreaking News

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: BREAKING: The trial of Shrien Dewani has been dismissed. Four years after his wife was murdered, he is a free man.

  15. Hungry Britain

    "I get increasingly angered by politicians using the use of food banks to score points. I am a volunteer at a Trussell Food Bank... It is crisis food and can only be claimed three times. It is intended to tide people over for a short period if they are between benefits or are waiting for a benefit to kick in.

    Recipients cannot pick up bags of food on an indefinite basis. Politicians on TV or radio often peddle the myth that families are increasingly having to depend on food banks to survive." Ann Richardson

    Have your say: Have you made use of food banks or do you help staff a food bank? What do you think of the findings of the inquiry?

  16. Post update

    BBC Sport

    Lewis Hamilton

    tweets: Lewis Hamilton ready for a rest. It's the Formula One gossip.

  17. Bus wheelchair ruling

    Wheelchair user on bus

    Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges have ruled. The move follows an appeal against an earlier court verdict in favour of a disabled man from West Yorkshire, which said that the First Bus firm's wheelchair policy was discriminatory. Local reaction to the decision is flooding in.

  18. 'Google tax'

    Jimmy Wales

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has backed plans for a so-called "Google tax". In an exclusive BBC interview, the internet entrepreneur said multinationals like Google should pay more tax, not just in Europe but in the rest of the world.

  19. Post update

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: Judge says taxi driver's story is "highly improbable". He is the main prosecution witness who claims Dewani paid him to arrange murder.

  20. Latest headlines

    A judge in South Africa is about to rule whether or not the trial of a British man accused of murdering his bride should continue.

    At least 21 people are known to have been killed by a typhoon in the Philippines.

    The Indian capital, Delhi, has banned the Uber taxi service after a woman was allegedly raped by one of its drivers.

    A group of hackers known as "Lizard Squad" has attacked Sony's online PlayStation store.

    Prince William meets President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House today and will deliver a key speech later against the poaching of wild animals.

  21. Bus wheelchair ruling

    Clive Coleman

    Legal correspondent, BBC News

    Bus operator First Group has won its appeal against disabled wheelchair user Doug Paulley. He'd tried to board a bus in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in 2012, but the disabled space was taken by a woman and her pushchair. The driver asked her to move but she refused.

    Mr Paulley sued the operator First Group and won a ruling that its policy of "requesting not requiring" other passengers to move was unlawful discrimination. The Court of Appeal has now ruled that the law does not require bus companies to have a policy of compelling passengers to vacate the wheelchair space.

  22. Post update

    BBC News Asia


    India bans taxi-booking service Uber after alleged rape of female passenger.

  23. Post update

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: Judge is back. She resumes. She asks Shrien Dewani to stand for the first time. Suggests she is getting close to giving her decision?

  24. Anti-terror arrests

    Two people arrested by counter-terrorism police have been charged with fraud offences, police have said. Tayyab Al-Riaz, 33, and Valentina Miu, 30, both from East Ham in east London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

  25. The bomb detector

    Chris Scott

    Meet the man who found 100 bombs. During the conflict in Afghanistan, Improvised Explosive Devices became the greatest threat to British troops, but what was it like to be given the task of seeking out these devices? "It kind of made me feel important in a way," says soldier Chris Scott.

  26. Post update

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: Adjournment. Judge takes a break. Sudden burst of chatter in court. Speculation about what she is going to decode.

  27. Royals in New York

    William and Kate

    Watch what happened when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in New York at the start of their tour of the US east coast.

  28. Household debt

    Radio 5 live

    What should we make of the research from the Bank of England's report on the effect on an interest rate rise? On Radio 5 live Grainne Gilmore, head of residential research at estate agent Knight Frank, says that the Bank is preparing the nation for a future rise in interest rates. She says it's worth bearing in mind that only a third of households have a mortgage.

  29. Post update

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    tweets: Is there really a row between the Tories & Lib Dems? Or just a mutually convenient opportunity to advertise pre-election differences ?

  30. Post update

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: Shrien Dewani's lawyer has eyes shut as he takes in every word the judge says. Occasionally he nods. Prosecutors feverishly writing notes.

  31. Latest headlines

    A judge in South Africa is about to rule whether or not the trial of a British man accused of murdering his bride should continue.

    Downing Street has said it will seriously consider the findings of a Parliamentary report on food poverty.

    The Pentagon says it won't change its approach to rescue operations of American hostages - despite recent failings.

    MPs are calling for new schools and hospitals not to be built near busy roads, amid health concerns.

    Police in Australia have named a British man who died when he fell nearly 300 feet from a cliff near Sydney while watching the sunrise.

  32. Nuisance calls

    Radio 5 live

    A government task force has recommended that company directors should be held accountable for unwanted phone calls from their businesses. The Nuisance Calls Task Force also says opting out of such calls should be made much easier. On Radio 5 live Richard Lloyd, chief executive of Which, says he hopes the government will make it easier for the regulator to take businesses to court and fine them for nuisance calls.

  33. Post update

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (Lib Dem) has accused the Conservatives of wanting austerity to last forever. Mr Alexander has just told the Today programme: "We would cut less than the Tories, but borrow less than Labour." It's the latest sign of splits emerging in the coalition government.

  34. Hungry Britain

    Case studies

    As a parliamentary inquiry into hunger identifies delayed benefit payments as one of the main factors driving families to use food banks, the BBC speaks to young Britons living on the breadline.

    "I'd love to be able to afford some vegetables, I really would," says 20-year-old Yasmin.

  35. The Papers

    The Papers

    The prospects of a mortgage rate rise - and the consequences for families - trouble some papers, while a debate rages about state backing for food banks.

  36. Post update

    Jon Kay

    BBC News correspondent

    tweets: Very hard to tell yet which way the judge is going here.. She is outlining the background and listing the evidence against Dewani..

  37. Dewani trial

    Channel Live

    For the latest on the Shrien Dewani trial, follow our correspondents tweeting from Cape Town - John Kay, Andrew Plant and Divya Talwar. You can also watch the feed from the courtroom on the "Live Coverage" tab at the top of this page or directly here.

  38. Latest headlines

    A judge in South Africa has begun reading her ruling on whether to dismiss the case against a British businessman accused of murdering his wife.

    An income squeeze, benefit delays and high utility bills are blamed by a committee of MPs for a rise in hunger in the UK.

    Senior Conservative and Lib Dem ministers criticise each other amid suggestions of widening rifts in the coalition.

    And a British man has died after climbing over a safety barrier and falling from a cliff in Sydney, Australia.