Top Stories, Friday, 8 November: Gosport Deaths, Immigration Backlog And Monster Typhoon

Sunrise in central London
Sunrise in central London

MP slams maternity insurance spend

A fifth of maternity services funding is spent on insurance against malpractice, a report suggests.

Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said that it is "absolutely scandalous" that £482 million was spent on clinical negligence cover last year.

MPs highlight immigration backlog

Fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration result in a person being removed from the country, a group of influential MPs has discovered.

Monster typhoon smashes Philippines

One of the most powerful typhoons on record has slammed into the Philippines, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one province and cutting communications in island regions.

At least two people have died.

Murder charge Marines await verdict

A court martial board will begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of three Royal Marines accused of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent.

Blears: We knew what GCHQ could do

The Government knew that eavesdropping agency GCHQ had the capability to secretly access vast quantities of data, it has emerged.

Army urged to raise enlistment age

The Ministry of Defence has come under pressure to raise the minimum Army enlistment age to 18 years old.

Injury claim woman could face jail

A mother of 13 who exaggerated an injury in a bid to claim £750,000 compensation from a housing organisation faces

Refugees fleeing war-torn Syria could resurrect the spectre of polio in Europe, experts have warned.

Europe was declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2002, but is now threatened by a new outbreak of the disease reported in Syria, it is claimed.

Man faces court over girls' death

An unemployed sports coach will appear in court today charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls who died after they were hit by a car.

Cannibalism-probe man in court

A British nurse whose name emerged as part of an international investigation into cannibalism will appear in court today charged with sex offences and attempting to poison someone.