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North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'

2 hours 37 min ago
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".

VIDEO: Political photographs of 2014

3 hours 32 min ago
The Press Association's chief political photographer on the stories behind some of his memorable images.

VIDEO: Advice for potential London mayors

3 hours 43 min ago
Advice for potential candidates to be the next mayor of London from previous Tory candidate Stephen Norris.

PM intervention not 'serious effort'

4 hours 22 min ago
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says last week's intervention in the Stormont talks by the British and Irish Prime Ministers was not "a serious effort".

Women bishops fast-tracked to Lords

4 hours 34 min ago
A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.

Friday marks election campaign start

4 hours 48 min ago
The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.

VIDEO: Hunt: NHS getting record funds

4 hours 56 min ago
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's plans to cope with winter pressures on emergency healthcare.

VIDEO: Transport Committee

5 hours 7 sec ago
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: Tory MP: How to save the NHS 5%

5 hours 55 sec ago
Traditional medicines could be used instead of drugs to save money, says Conservative MP David Tredinnick MP.

VIDEO: Grayling defends probation contracts

5 hours 7 min ago
New probation contracts worth £450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.

28-day police bail limit proposed

5 hours 20 min ago
The time people can be put on police bail could be limited to 28 days, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.

Funding cuts begin in West Midlands

5 hours 51 min ago
As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.

Emotional abuse to become illegal

6 hours 34 min ago
A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour is announced by the government to be introduced in late 2015.

Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops'

6 hours 42 min ago
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained

7 hours 9 min ago
Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?

Talks to resume amid little progress

8 hours 12 min ago
Cross-party talks are due to resume at Stormont on Thursday, with few signs of the parties resolving their differences over budget and welfare reform.

Out-of-school childcare cash boost

8 hours 35 min ago
Centres which provide out-of-school childcare for families across Wales are to share £400,000 from the Welsh government.

Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'

10 hours 7 min ago
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.

Tories call for house tax change

11 hours 3 min ago
The Scottish Conservatives say the "eye-watering" new tax rate for people buying homes between £250,000 and £500,000 should be halved.

Councils braced for funding cuts

14 hours 20 min ago
Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.