Flooding from summer storms that brought parts of Britain to a halt over the weekend is gradually subsiding and forecasters say much of the country will enjoy dry weather on Monday and over the coming week. 

• Lightning strikes the UK - in pictures

Lightning illuminates Brighton pier, East Sussex. Photo: Max Langran/Apex

• Michael Gove leaves education to become chief whip - follow live updates 

• Nicky Morgan becomes new education secretary (and is also minister for women and equalities - but voted against the legalisation of gay marriage). 

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The Home Office has suspended a passport official and ordered a disciplinary investigation after an employee subjected a gay father-of-two to a lengthy interrogation about his sexual history and the details of his adoptions in front of the man’s four-year-old son.

Randall Cole was last month questioned for half an hour about his sexual practices, including whether he had ever had sex with a woman, and forced to discuss the terms of the adoptions and his relationship with the biological mother. He was also asked whether his children were “confused” by their family – as the child sat on his lap.

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A tightening of security at UK airports may remain in place on a permanent basis in the face of a new extremist bomb threat to transatlantic aircraft, Nick Clegg has said as he warned of the dangers posed by a “medieval, violent, revolting ideology”. Full story here 

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Dolly Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word “crowdpleaser”. Read the five-star review 

Dolly Parton performs on the Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Samir Hussein/Redferns/Getty Images

Civil partnerships: all you need to know - data 

Same-sex couples will be able to convert their civil partnership to a marriage from early December (more here). 

Understandably, the first full year after civil partnerships were legalised was the most popular, with 32,212 people entering into civil partnerships in 2006, dropping to 14,756 the year after. More numbers

Police fear rise in domestic violence during World Cup

Police are issuing warnings to men and women with a record of domestic violence in the runup to England’s first World Cup game. 

The most detailed research into the links between the football World Cup and domestic abuse rates has revealed that in one force area in England and Wales, violent incidents increased by 38% when England lost – but also rose by 26% when they won. Full story here

“It was F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that ‘whenever you feel like criticising anyone, remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had’. It is remembering those children let down by the old GCSE, and the culture of low expectations it epitomised, that drives our mission to give all pupils access to our shared literary heritage.”
"No, we have not banned To Kill a Mockingbird," writes one MP in response to last week’s uproar over the new English literature GCSE.

Illegal drugs and prostitution contributed almost £10bn to the UK economy in 2009, according to newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics. Get the breakdown