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Plaques featuring the union jack will mark publicly-funded projects across Britain - but the SNP attacks the scheme as a "silly gimmick".
A UKIP parliamentary candidate faces a possible rebuke from the party after saying it was a shame "Jihadi John" had not killed himself.
Labour is wreaking "political carnage" on the city of Cardiff by the way it is running the local council, a Liberal Democrat MP claims.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has suggested that police officers need greater powers to help in the fight against extremism.
The DUP's Simon Hamilton says work needs to continue this week between the DUP and the Ulster Unionists on agreeing joint candidates in some constituencies.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage ended up speaking to a near-empty hall of American conservative activists - even though he had been billed as a "serious candidate who can run England in the near future".
Health Secretary Shona Robison urges health boards to suspend mesh implant operations until an independent review into their use is published.
Devolution deals across the UK are chaotic, contradictory and lack logic, a leading economist claims.
The Archbishop of Westminster has said that political parties "have to be tested" on their approach to immigration ahead of the general election.
Politicians should be "tested" on their approach to immigration, the head of the Catholic church in England and Wales says, adding he is "dismayed" it is a big issue.
Plans to devolve even more power to Wales are not being blocked by Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith, Labour insists.
The Conservatives accuse Vince Cable of trying to water down a ban on "hate preachers" in English universities to protect free speech.
The number of young people waiting more than a year to be treated by mental health services has increased 10-fold in a year, figures reveal.
Services on the East Coast rail route between London and Scotland return to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.
Election candidates are "riding for a fall" if they do not state whether they plan to have a second job if elected to Parliament, an adviser says.
UKIP's Diane James drops her bid to become an MP at the general election for "personal reasons", hours after speaking at the party's conference.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has defended the security and intelligence agencies, describing them as "true heroes".
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted he is "fit as a flea" following rumours he was seriously ill.
The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson is to have an operation to remove a tumour from his lung, the corporation says.
UKIP could call for electoral reform if it holds the balance of power in the next parliament, the party's first elected MP Douglas Carswell says.