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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants to introduce powers to force schools in England out of local authority control if they consistently underperform.
How trade unions might shape Labour's future
Nigel Farage should take a two-week holiday before returning to lead UKIP, its deputy chairman Suzanne Evans says.
Wales' deputy health minister Vaughan Gething says the Welsh government needs to be more effective in communicating with the public about the NHS.
The Royal Navy is investigating claims by a submariner that security and safety procedures around the Trident nuclear submarines are inadequate.
The head of the Unite union hits back at claims by outgoing Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy that he was the "kiss of death" for the party.
The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, says schools classed as "coasting" will face quicker direct intervention by the government.
Labour party leadership contender Andy Burnham has called for the promised referendum on Britain's membership of the EU to be brought forward, to avoid a prolonged period of uncertainty.
Deputy leader Suzanne Evans has said that nobody wants UKIP leader Nigel Farage to stand down, but that the party needs to "diversify" and become "more inclusive".
Why did the pre-election polls get it so wrong?
Public sector bodies in Scotland should be forced to report climate emissions targets and progress, a Holyrood committee recommends.
The MP leading the review into Labour's election defeat tells the BBC the party is facing arguably the greatest crisis in its history.
Nigel Farage should take a break "as leader" of UKIP but not a break from being leader, the party's only MP Douglas Carswell says.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says new powers to sack head teachers in coasting schools will show "it is not OK to be just above the level of failing".
UKIP's only MP, Douglas Carswell, has said that it is important that the party's leader Nigel Farage takes a break "as leader" but not "from being leader."
Tributes are paid to former Conservative MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, Sir Peter Fry, who has died at the age of 83.
Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant is backing Yvette Cooper in her bid to become party leader after Ed Miliband stepped down following the election.
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Wales desperately needs more people in white collar jobs, and Labour needs to learn how to appeal to them, according to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan.
The Co-operative Group is to vote on whether to continue financially supporting the Co-operative Party, which has strong ties to Labour.