Queen's horse fails drugs test

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The Queen and Sir Michael Stoute with Estimate at Royal Ascot.

7:09pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A racehorse owned by the Queen has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, Buckingham Palace announced.

MPs to sue Government over data act

Maldon and Burnham Standard: David Davis (pictured) and Tom Watson are applying for a judicial review

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two MPs are to sue the Government over the introduction last week of the controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Drip), which gives police and security services access to people's phone and internet records.

Internet and mobiles 'essential'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Some 95% of households have at least one mobile phone, 84% have a landline and 82% an internet connection

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

UK consumers now consider the internet and mobile phones to be essential services, a study has confirmed.

Ministers warned over Scottish vote

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Irish ministers have been warned not to express opinions over the Scottish independence referendum, documents show

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Irish government ministers have been warned not to express any opinion on Scotland's independence referendum.

Knighthoods for former ministers

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Alan Duncan is to get a knighthood

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Three former ministers who left the Government in last week's reshuffle have been given knighthoods, while veteran Kenneth Clarke - who quit the front benches after 40 years - has been made a Companion of Honour.

Judges grant secret court hearings

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said five applications had been made by the Government for evidence to be heard in secret courts over the past year

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Secret court hearings were granted by judges to the Government in at least three of its five attempts to secure them during the first year of controversial new laws being in place.

Intolerant ethos claim 'disturbing'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Nansen Primary School is one of the institutions at the centre of the allegations

3:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Compelling evidence of a determined effort to introduce an "intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos" into a number of Birmingham schools has been branded as "disturbing" by the new Education Secretary.

Home values 'rising £90 a day'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Research suggests homes across Britain typically added £90 to their value every day during the first half of 2014

3:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Homes across Britain typically added £90 to their value every day during the first half of 2014 as the housing market gathered momentum, according to a property website.

Dana 'covered up brother's abuse'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Singer Dana is alleged to have covered up her brother's abuse of two under-age girls

3:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Scallon covered up her brother's sexual abuse of two under-age girls for decades, a court has heard.

Claret Jug 'needs a bit of a clean'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Rory McIlroy meets Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Open champion Rory McIlroy was unable to show off his prized Claret Jug to Northern Ireland's political leaders today, admitting it needed a good clean after a big night out celebrating.

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