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'Reality dawning' on council mergers

1 hour 59 min ago
The "reality is dawning" on local councils that mergers will bring a significant and permanent change, the public services minister says.

New web data powers plan for police

4 hours 33 min ago
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

Labour proposes London buildings sale

8 hours 18 min ago
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.

Foreign Office 'fails bereaved Britons'

8 hours 30 min ago
The consular service provided by the UK Foreign Office sometimes falls short of what the public "can legitimately expect", a report by MPs says.

May 'bruised' over EU arrest warrant

8 hours 49 min ago
Home Secretary Theresa May tells Desert Island Discs she was left "battered and bruised" after denying MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant.

'Democracy rocks' for Nicola Sturgeon

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 17:26
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.

Election prize 'never greater' - DUP

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 17:11
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.

Jowell plans to run for London mayor

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:24
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.

Schools' role in tackling abuse

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:05
Schoolchildren should be taught what constitutes a healthy relationship to improve deep-seated attitudes towards violence against women, a senior AM says.

Reckless accuses Farage of U-turn

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:46
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.

VIDEO: Labour calls for NHS investment

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:15
The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is calling for £1bn of banking scandal fines to be invested in the NHS.

Labour 'still party of working people'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:22
Ed Miliband insists Labour remains the party of working people while accepting one of his MPs was disrespectful to them.

Lib Dems to back welfare devolution

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:59
The Liberal Democrats are set to back the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament, BBC Scotland has learned.

VIDEO: "They've taken us for granted"

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 22:53
With turnout just over 50 per cent at the Rochester and Strood by-election, Carole Walker reports on the growing disaffection among voters.

Profile: Mark Reckless

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:29
Profile of the serial rebel, diehard Eurosceptic and teetotaller

British troops join Nato exercise

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 17:24
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.

Greens: Voters 'fed up' with choices

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:51
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 is in the new Scottish cabinet?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:08
Who's who in the Scottish first minister's new cabinet

Lib Dems suffer 'worst ever' result

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:32
The Liberal Democrats blame tactical voting after getting less than 1% of the vote in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Bookies expect more MPs for UKIP

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:31
UKIP's latest by-election victory has prompted a flurry of bets on the party securing more MPs at Westminster.