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Restrictive nursery policy 'unfair'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 00:04
Reform Scotland calls for unfair childcare policies which restrict access for pre-schoolers to be changed.

Prescott backs Burnham for leader

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 22:00
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott says he is backing Andy Burnham to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

Cooper warns Labour of in-fighting

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 16:28
Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper warns her party against swinging too far to the left or right after the election defeat.

Party 'bullied' Macintosh supporters

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:13
Scottish Labour MSP Ken Macintosh says the "party machine" is bullying his supporters in an attempt to avoid a leadership contest.

MP to face no party action over memo

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:33
Alistair Carmichael will not face any party disciplinary proceedings over the leak of a memo before the general election, the Lib Dems say.

Councils urge blanket legal high ban

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:03
Councils across England and Wales call on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs.

Sports bar action after complaints

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:44
A sports bar which has attracted a series of complaints from police and residents has its licence suspended for 10 weeks.

The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 02:02
The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life

Email error reveals bank's EU project

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:46
The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.

Sturgeon condemns leak 'dirty tricks'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:18
Nicola Sturgeon calls on Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after he admits being behind the leak of a memo ahead of the election.

Balls 'not dashing back to politics'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:01
Ed Balls rules out an early return to frontline politics and says Labour should have been more "pro-business" in an exclusive interview with Nick Robinson.

Tobacco firms challenge packaging law

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:47
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.

SNP chairs two Commons committees

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:07
The SNP will chair two House of Commons select committees at Westminster, it is announced.

BBC to broadcast Labour leader debate

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:51
The BBC's Newsnight is to host the first debate between the candidates to become the next leader of the Labour Party.

UK sells off unused net addresses

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:33
The UK government has started selling off big chunks of internet addresses that it no longer uses.

Knighthood for ex-minister Pickles

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:10
Conservative former cabinet minister Eric Pickles, who left the government at the recent reshuffle, is to be given a knighthood.

Dugdale to stand as Labour leader

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:05
Labour's Kezia Dugdale confirms she will stand for the leadership of her party in Scotland when Jim Murphy steps down next month.

AMs will receive a £10,000 pay rise

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:04
The basic salary for assembly members in Wales will rise from £54,000 to £64,000 in 2016, it is confirmed.

Labour at risk of 'impotence'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:58
An ex-adviser to Welsh Labour ministers warns the party needs a "revolution" to avoid being condemned to "impotence" in British politics.

Government borrowing falls to £6.8bn

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:26
UK government borrowing fell to £6.8bn in April, down from £9.3bn a year earlier, official figures show.

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