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'Surprise' letter in Labour Syria row

2 hours 41 min ago
A Welsh member of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench team is "surprised" the Labour leader has written to his MPs saying he could not back British air strikes in Syria.

VIDEO: Abbott: We will arrive at a collective decision

4 hours 54 min ago
Labour MP Diane Abbott has defended Jeremy Corbyn's opposition to air strikes in Syria.

Livingstone: Blair to blame for 7/7

5 hours 28 min ago
Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is criticised for suggesting Tony Blair was to blame for the deaths of 52 people in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

Minister to make fracking decision

6 hours 19 min ago
The decision to allow shale gas drilling - or fracking - in Lancashire will be made directly by the government, it has emerged.

NI leaders at British-Irish meeting

7 hours 10 min ago
The first and deputy first ministers are in London for a meeting of the British Irish Council.

Schools 'braced for 16% budget cuts'

7 hours 18 min ago
Councils across Wales have warned schools to prepare for budget cuts of around 16% over the next three years, a teaching union says.

Commonwealth unit to tackle terrorism

7 hours 40 min ago
A Commonwealth unit to target the "scourge" of extremism is being set up, with Prime Minister David Cameron pledging £5m to help fund it.

Corbyn faces threat of resignations

10 hours 36 min ago
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing the threat of resignations from his shadow cabinet amid a split over his opposition to UK air strikes in Syria.

Abuse inquiry 'to name institutions'

11 hours 56 min ago
Justice Lowell Goddard is set to name the first institutions to be investigated as part of the independent inquiry into child abuse in England and Wales.

Religious education 'needs overhaul'

12 hours 9 min ago
Religious education in England's schools needs a total overhaul to bring the subject into the 21st Century, argues a report.

A&E waiting times 'getting worse'

12 hours 13 min ago
Waiting times in A&E departments across the UK are worsening as pressures grow in hospitals, figures suggest.

Watch: MPs debate Syria air strikes

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 21:39
A selection of clips from the House of Commons where MPs debated David Cameron's case for air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Corbyn 'cannot support air strikes'

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 17:55
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to his MPs to say he cannot support the prime minister's proposals for air strikes against IS targets in Syria.

Salmond's portrait unveiling criticised

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 16:25
Former first minister Alex Salmond is criticised for unveiling a new portrait in Edinburgh on the day MPs discussed possible military action in Syria.

VIDEO: Lansley on net migration figures

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 15:12
Andrew Lansley says it is hard to see how the government can meet its aim to bring it down to below 100,000 by 2020.

Osborne pins hopes on Universal Credit

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 15:04
Osborne's £12bn welfare cuts rely on delayed Universal Credit

Welfare cuts postponed, not axed

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 14:28
There will still be longer term reductions in welfare spending

'Very significant' cuts still to come

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 14:17
"Very significant" government spending cuts will be imposed before the next general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank warns.

Key Syria questions 'remain unanswered'

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:14
The SNP says it will not support air strikes in Syria unless the prime minister is able to address "key questions" that "remain unanswered".

Net migration to UK hits record 336,000

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:58
Annual net migration to the UK reaches a record 336,000, with 294,000 people arriving in the UK for work, figures show.