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Weak academies under 'close watch'

16 hours 43 min ago
Schools minister David Laws says academies need better supervision and calls for an end to "open warfare" between politicians and teachers.

Lansley 'nominated for top UN role'

17 hours 2 min ago
David Cameron reportedly suggests former health secretary Andrew Lansley to fill one of the UN's most influential roles.

Fall in council tax collection rates

17 hours 5 min ago
Nearly £750m in council tax went unpaid last year, as collection rates fall for only the second time.

Renewables 'biggest power source'

18 hours 49 min ago
Renewable power has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, according to the latest figures.

US planes 'may use British carrier'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:53
The Royal Navy wants to ask American squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, because of delays to the introduction of Britain’s new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight learns.

'Plebgate' trial: 'Powerful evidence'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 21:55
The QC for former chief whip Andrew Mitchell in the so-called plebgate trial has said there was "powerful evidence" the MP did not use the term.

Commission to urge Scottish tax power

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:53
The commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend full control over income tax rates and bands, the BBC understands.

SNP MSP considers cross-border bid

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:45
SNP MSP Christine Grahame explains why she would consider standing for the party in an English constituency in the next general election.

Police investigate peer's expenses

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:31
Police say they are investigating Lord Hanningfield over his expenses after his suspension from the House of Lords.

Minister warns of major job losses

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:27
Finance Minister Simon Hamilton warns of "considerable" job losses in the public sector, but cannot put an exact figure on cuts through voluntary redundancy.

Government 'doing 30% too much'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:04
The new chief executive of the civil service says the government has attempted "too much transformative change" at once.

'Managed return' the way forward

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:28
Is the independent reviewer right to be concerned?

Royal Mail 'scaremongering' on post

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:18
The boss of Royal Mail is accused of "scaremongering" by the business secretary, after telling MPs that there is a threat to the universal service.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:06
MPs take evidence on flood risk management.

Caerphilly estate is 'most deprived'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:22
An area of Caerphilly becomes the most deprived community in Wales, official figures show.

VIDEO: MP woke from coma and asked to pay bill

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:10
An MP described awaking from a coma in a US hospital to a phone call asking how he was going to settle his bill.

VIDEO: MP: No sympathy for millionaires like you

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:05
Former England footballer Sol Campbell clashes with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed mansion tax.

Sol Campbell attacks 'mansion tax'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:55
Former England footballer Sol Campbell clashes with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed "mansion tax".

VIDEO: Movember moustache praise from PM

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:13
David Cameron remarks on the look of Tory MPs Jake Berry and Jason McCartney, sporting Movember moustaches.

VIDEO: Miliband: English NHS at breaking point

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:12
David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash on figures with competing claims about NHS services in England