The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for tough new rules on term time holidays should be overturned, leaving headteachers to decide whether to allow pupils to be taken out of school.
At present under the new regulations, school leaders can only grant permission for trips in "exceptional circumstances". The LGA has said the restrictions fail to recognise that family life is not simple, and that there may be times when parents need to take children out of lessons for legitimate reasons.
A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body in Headcorn, Kent.
Forty-year-old Ruslan Piktorov, of no fixed address, was charged last night with the murder of Trevor Hillman.
The 57-year-old's body was found on Church Walk on the morning of Wednesday 22nd October.
Mr Piktorov is due before magistrates in Maidstone today.
A second man was arrested but has been released without charge.
Two people have been charged with conspiracy to murder a mother-of-five in the New Forest.
Supermarket worker Pennie Davis, 47, was stabbed to death as she tended to her horses near Beaulieu in September.
Benjamin Carr, 22, and Samantha Maclean, 28, both from the New Forest, have been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear before Southampton Magistrates' Court later.
Justin Robertson, of no fixed address, has already been charged with murdering Ms Davis, while Leanne Doyle, 24, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was also charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.
Ms Davis's funeral is due to take place in Southampton later today.
Doctors at the Czech proton therapy centre where Ashya King is being treated for brain cancer, have said he has responded well to treatment. The 5-year-old from Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international search.
A letter from lawyers acting for Cliff Richard sent to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committe said:
Responding to the findings of The Home Affairs Committee, South Yorkshire Police said it believed its actions were "within policy and well intended" but admitted they were "ultimately flawed" with regard the handing of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home in August.
Sir Cliff Richard has suffered ‘enormous, irreparable damage to his reputation’ as a result of the BBC broadcasting live coverage of a police raid on his home, MPs have said.
The Home Affairs Select Committee has called South Yorkshire Police's handling of the raid, broadcast live on the BBC in August, as "inept".
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: "No British citizen should have to watch their home being raided by the police live on television.
"Sir Cliff Richard has suffered enormous and irreparable damage to his reputation and he is owed an apology over the way matters were handled."
Home Affairs Committee Chairman Keith Vaz said email exchanges between the BBC and South Yorkshire Police 'could be mistaken for a script from The Bill'.
Mr Vaz said: "South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was utterly inept. The force allowed itself to hand over sensitive information to a journalist and granted him privileged access to the execution of a search warrant.
"The email exchanges could easily be mistaken for a script from The Bill. The force should have refused to co-operate and explained to senior BBC News executives why the premature broadcasting of a story, which they claimed the journalist threatened, would have prejudiced the investigation."