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The Conservative Party has prevented two of the home secretary's special advisers from standing for Parliament after they failed to campaign in the Rochester and Strood by-election.
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.
Downing Street rejects suggestions that the prime minister left talks in Northern Ireland early last week so he could attend his wife's "Ibiza-style rave" birthday party.
The cost of ministers' special advisers increases more than £1m in the past year, taking it to £8.4m, official figures show.
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb denies claims that the Welsh government is underfunded, accusing the first minister of using it as a smokescreen for poor performance.
The cross-party agreement on devolving more tax powers to Holyrood may not be feasible or fair, it has been claimed.
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
The Press Association's chief political photographer on the stories behind some of his memorable images.
Advice for potential candidates to be the next mayor of London from previous Tory candidate Stephen Norris.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says last week's intervention in the Stormont talks by the British and Irish Prime Ministers was not "a serious effort".
A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.
The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's plans to cope with winter pressures on emergency healthcare.
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
Traditional medicines could be used instead of drugs to save money, says Conservative MP David Tredinnick MP.
New probation contracts worth £450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.
The time people can be put on police bail could be limited to 28 days, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.
As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.
A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour is announced by the government to be introduced in late 2015.