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Councils warned over child sex abuse

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:15
Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation because of failings by councils, the education watchdog Ofsted warns.

'Panic room' benefit change challenge

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:30
Government changes to housing benefit should not apply to people whose spare room has been converted into a safe refuge to protect them from a violent ex-partner, lawyers will argue later.

Auditors' warning over council cuts

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:53
The government only has a "limited understanding" of the impact of budget cuts on local authorities in England, the National Audit Office says.

Sturgeon to become first minister

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:01
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to be voted in as Scotland's first minister by parliament, after Alex Salmond stepped down from the role.

VIDEO: Girl guides call on MPs to achieve parity

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:50
Girl guides write to leading MPs for support to be "part of the future that truly sees parity between men and women."

Osborne 'locks milk' claims Lib Dem

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:40
Chancellor George Osborne keeps his milk in a locked fridge at the Treasury, his Liberal Democrat colleague Danny Alexander claims.

Minister pressed over adoption fall

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:44
A "misinterpretation" of court judgements may be to blame for the fall in adoption rates, Education Minister Lord Nash tells the Lords.

Juncker faces no confidence vote

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:51
A motion of no confidence in Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission will be put to a vote next week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

'Pleb' Geldof defends friend Mitchell

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:38
Bob Geldof describes himself as a "pleb" as he defends his friend, the ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell, in the so-called plebgate libel trial.

'Leaks' key to political journalism

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:29
Leaks are the "lifeblood" of political reporting, the trial of a Sun journalist accused of paying a press officer for information hears.

Singer wades into 'mansion tax' row

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:33
Ed Miliband has defended plans for a "mansion tax" on homes worth more than £2m after singer Myleene Klass said it would hit "little grannies".

Government defeated in pubs vote

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:32
The government is defeated in a Commons vote on the control that large breweries can exercise over pubs.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:05
MPs take evidence on the treatment of financial services consumers.

VIDEO: 'Not acceptable to mis-record crime'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:16
Theresa May has said that it is never acceptable for police to mis-record crime after a report suggested that one in five of all crimes reported to the police are not being recorded.

Labour wants longer EU benefit delay

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:10
Jobless migrants from the EU would have to wait two years before they can claim out of work benefits, under new plans proposed by the Labour Party.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:27
MPs hold an evidence session as part of its inquiry into school oversight.

STV 'breached referendum day rules'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:31
STV is found to be in breach of broadcasting rules for repeating a current affairs programme on the day of the independence referendum.

VIDEO: What will Alex Salmond's legacy be?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:15
Alex Salmond's political legacy is debated by his unofficial biographer David Torrance and the Sun's Kevin Schofield.

Scottish hospital death rates fall

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:09
The number of people dying within a month of admission to hospital has fallen by 15.9% in the past seven years, according to NHS statistics.

Ex-BP boss Browne to leave Whitehall

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:02
Lord Browne quits his role in the Cabinet Office, saying he is "realistic" about how businesslike the civil service can be.