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Cameron: I'm fun and optimistic

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:39
David Cameron has described himself as fun and optimistic as he made a pitch to win over women voters.

MPs call for reform of GM crops rules

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:31
Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.

No future for TV licence, MPs say

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:18
The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs says.

Trident question comes to the surface

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:46
Continue to invest in Trident could be a key election issue

Government defeated over visa laws

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:13
The government has been defeated in the House of Lords as peers voted to change UK visa laws to give greater protection to overseas domestic workers.

What MPs do as second jobs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:06
What MPs do when they are not being MPs

HSBC bosses 'sorry' for tax dealings

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:01
The two top HSBC bosses have apologised for "unacceptable" practices at its Swiss private bank helping clients to avoid tax.

Power station may close in a year

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:37
Longannet power station faces the threat of closure within a year unless the cost of connecting it to the national grid is reduced, BBC Scotland understands.

Prime minister 'degrading' NHS

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:57
Staff morale is being damaged by criticisms of the NHS in Wales, a nursing chief tells the prime minister.

VIDEO: Robinson and MPs review PMQs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:27
PMQs battle between David Cameron and Ed Miliband over MPs second jobs is reviewed by Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson.

VIDEO: Sir Peter Tapsell on banning second jobs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:14
Sir Peter Tapsell warns that restricting the work that MPs can do would result in parliament being filled with "obsessive crackpots".

VIDEO: How important is an arts education?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:08
A future Labour government would put greater emphasis on the arts and creative subjects in schools, the party's leader has said.

Galloway rival withdraws in Bradford

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:00
The Labour Party's candidate to fight the seat of Bradford West at the general election withdraws days after her selection, citing family reasons.

UK considers further Ukraine help

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:50
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says the UK is considering "further requests" for support from Ukraine but will not send combat troops.

VIDEO: 'UK to help train Ukraine troops'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:40
Michael Fallon confirms that UK service personnel will be sent to Ukraine to help with medical, logistics, infantry and intelligence training.

VIDEO: PM wishes Ed Balls a Happy Birthday

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:39
In response to a question about faster rail links in East Anglia, the PM attempts a gentle dig at Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

VIDEO: MP urges inquiry into radicalisation

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:27
Labour's Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali raised the issue of the three British schoolgirls from the London borough who are thought to have travelled to Syria, saying their families are "devastated".

VIDEO: PM 'not ruling out' second jobs changes

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:26
The PM says he is not ruling out further changes on second jobs but says the existing rules should be "properly applied".

Cash boost for new wave energy body

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:53
The Scottish government awards £14.3m to Wave Energy Scotland to 'kick start' the new marine energy body.

Leaders in PMQs second jobs clash

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:46
Ed Miliband challenges David Cameron to back his party's proposed ban on MPs from working as consultants or directors of private companies.