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The "reality is dawning" on local councils that mergers will bring a significant and permanent change, the public services minister says.
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.
The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit.
The consular service provided by the UK Foreign Office sometimes falls short of what the public "can legitimately expect", a report by MPs says.
Home Secretary Theresa May tells Desert Island Discs she was left "battered and bruised" after denying MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant.
Scotland's new first minister Nicola Sturgeon follows in the footsteps of pop stars Beyonce and Lady Gaga by appearing at Glasgow's Hydro arena.
DUP leader Peter Robinson tells his party's annual conference "the prize at a Westminster election has never been greater" than next May's poll.
Labour's former culture secretary Tessa Jowell says she plans to run for mayor of London in 2016 but will only declare her candidature after the general election.
Schoolchildren should be taught what constitutes a healthy relationship to improve deep-seated attitudes towards violence against women, a senior AM says.
Newly-elected UKIP MP Mark Reckless accuses Nigel Farage of a U-turn over whether European migrants could stay in the UK if it left the EU.
The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is calling for £1bn of banking scandal fines to be invested in the NHS.
Ed Miliband insists Labour remains the party of working people while accepting one of his MPs was disrespectful to them.
The Liberal Democrats are set to back the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament, BBC Scotland has learned.
With turnout just over 50 per cent at the Rochester and Strood by-election, Carole Walker reports on the growing disaffection among voters.
Profile of the serial rebel, diehard Eurosceptic and teetotaller
The British army is taking part in its largest armoured deployment to Eastern Europe for six years., in a show of support for the region, the Ministry of Defence says.
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says the Rochester and Strood by-election result is further proof of the "break-up" of the old political landscape.
Who's who in the Scottish first minister's new cabinet
The Liberal Democrats blame tactical voting after getting less than 1% of the vote in the Rochester and Strood by-election.
UKIP's latest by-election victory has prompted a flurry of bets on the party securing more MPs at Westminster.