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Plea over women's rights in China

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:57
Speaking in Beijing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says China can do more to promote gender equality and women's rights.

Concern over prostitute area plans

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:29
A part of Newport which is being earmarked as a designated area for prostitutes should not become like Amsterdam, an MP warns.

Drugs claim peer urged to quit Lords

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:29
Senior peer Lord Sewel is urged to resign from the House of Lords before he is expelled, after he was filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.

Why is the PM touring South East Asia?

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:59
Why South East Asia? Why now?

UK to secure £750m Asian trade deals

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:42
David Cameron says business deals worth more than £750m will be made during his tour of South East Asia, as the UK seeks to tap into its "dynamic market".

'No plans' for second referendum

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:27
No contingency plans have been made for a further independence referendum after next year's Holyrood elections, says the Scottish secretary.

NI secretary blocked MI5 surveillance

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:15
MI5 has twice been refused warrants for surveillance by the Northern Ireland secretary, the watchdog overseeing the intelligence services says.

Osborne in Paris for EU reform talks

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 01:42
The chancellor is making the first of a series of trips to key EU capitals, as the government bids to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the union.

Lord Sewel quits after drugs claims

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 13:49
Lord Sewel is facing a police inquiry after quitting as House of Lords deputy speaker over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.

VIDEO: Corbyn rejects 'entryism' claims

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 12:10
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn insists the influx of new members to Labour is mainly young people enthused by politics.

Salmond: Second referendum inevitable

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:18
Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond tells the BBC he thinks a second independence referendum is "inevitable".

Action call over GP funding 'crisis'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:03
Scottish Labour calls on the Scottish government to accept the "mounting crisis" after research suggests a big drop in GP investment.

Corbyn in Labour contest 'for real'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:57
Jeremy Corbyn says he is in the Labour leadership contest "for real", and calls for the renationalisation of the railways and energy companies.

VIDEO: Second Scottish referendum 'inevitable'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:35
Alex Salmond has said that he thinks a second independence referendum in Scotland is "inevitable".

Shift in disability views needed

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 08:19
Wales' most successful Paralympian says more must be done to shift perceptions towards people with disabilities.

Cameron to discuss IS on Asia trip

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:38
The PM is expected to offer Indonesia and Malaysia support in tackling Islamist extremists - their "common enemy" - during a four-day trade mission.

Tsar to target late payment billions

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:18
A small business commissioner will help firms tackle the problem of the billions of pounds in late payments they are owed, under government plans.

'Glass floor' protects middle classes

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:09
Middle-class parents create a "glass floor" to protect less able children from slipping down the social scale in Britain, a study of 17,000 people says.

Child poverty proposal 'flawed'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 01:56
Some 120,000 children will be "cast adrift" if the UK government changes its definition of child poverty, Scotland's social justice secretary claims.

Tories reveal four-man mayor list

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:51
The Conservative Party shortlists four men to stand in an open primary to become the party's candidate for London mayor to replace Boris Johnson.