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Select committee shuffle

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 14:36
Commons committee votes to be Labour test of strength

Scottish jobless total rises by 18,000

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:32
Scotland's jobless total increased by 18,000 between June and August to stand at 170,000, according to official figures.

Corbyn and PM clash over tax credits

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:30
Jeremy Corbyn challenges David Cameron over tax credit cuts and affordable housing in his second Prime Minister's Questions appearance.

Unemployment numbers fall in Wales

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:12
The number of people out of work in Wales drops, with 56,000 more with jobs compared with the same period last year.

MPs' communications 'not protected'

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:54
MPs have no special protection from having their communications intercepted by UK intelligence agencies, a tribunal rules.

VIDEO: In full: Nick Clegg Newsnight interview

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:53
The former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the EU referendum is likely to be "jolly close" in an interview with the BBC's Newsnight.

NI first minister denies cash claim

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:52
Northern Ireland's first minister tells a parliamentary inquiry it is "outrageous" to allege he was to benefit from a controversial £1.24bn property deal.

VIDEO: Will Labour MPs back Osborne on charter?

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:07
The Chancellor George Osborne is urging moderate Labour Mps to vote in favour of his fiscal plan which would balance the books for future governments

UK unemployment rate falls to 5.4%

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 09:42
The UK unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.4% in the three months to August, official figures show.

'First 1,000 days' health concern

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 08:15
One in 10 children in Wales may be slipping through the net in getting a good start in life, the chief medical officer warns.

Call for Transport for Wales body

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 06:43
A single transport body with responsibility for roads, rail, buses and cycling in Wales is proposed among "radical" new measures from the Federation of Small Business.

Merseyside 'not ready' for devolution

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 01:17
A government minister tells the BBC that Merseyside is not ready to get a so-called "devolution deal" following a "disappointing" bid.

Medics call for lower speed limits

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 00:04
Lower speed limits and measures to reduce alcohol abuse should be introduced by the next Scottish government, a medical college says.

Osborne urges Labour MPs to rebel

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 00:01
Chancellor George Osborne urges "moderate" Labour MPs to defy their party leadership and support his fiscal charter plans in Wednesday's vote.

Brittan questioned before Watson letter

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 18:40
A letter by Labour MP Tom Watson demanding Lord Brittan be interviewed about a rape allegation was only passed to police after he was questioned, prosecutors say.

Labour AM sacked after M4 criticism

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 18:22
A Labour AM who criticised the Welsh government spending nearly £20m on planning for an M4 relief road is sacked as a committee chair by the first minister.

Refusal to drop income tax referendum

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 17:36
The UK government refuses to drop the need for a referendum before Welsh ministers can vary income tax rates.

Minister refuses to give refugee figure

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 17:06
Minister for refugees Richard Harrington refuses to tell MPs how many Syrian refugees are in Britain, saying he will not give a "running commentary" on numbers.

McDonnell: I changed tactics, not policy

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 16:22
John McDonnell says he "changed my mind" on tactics - not policy - after a U-turn sparks criticism within Labour.

UKIP loses control of its only council

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:45
UKIP loses overall control of Thanet District Council in Kent, its only local authority, after a fifth councillor defects.