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Corbyn quizzed over banned activist

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 19:34
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn faces questions over an encounter with controversial pro-Palestinian activist Dyab Abou Jahjah, who is banned from the UK.

Call to allow legal cannabis sales

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 17:51
A group of MPs and Peers says drug use should be decriminalised as part of new approach.

DARD hit with £2m bill from HMRC

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:35
Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture (DARD) is hit with a £2m bill from HMRC because it did not pay private vets' national insurance contributions.

Misconduct police chief urged to quit

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:31
A police chief found guilty of eight counts of misconduct will be asked to resign by Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner.

Pensioner's anger at 'ageist' Labour

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:53
A pensioner says the Labour leadership election is biased against older people because it only accepts online applications for votes.

Allard challenges two SNP MSP seats

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:03
Two sitting north east SNP MSPs are facing selection challenges from the same man as they fight to stand at next year's Scottish Parliament elections.

Pupils 'should join library' - Morgan

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:21
Every eight-year-old in England should be enrolled at their local library, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says.

E-cigs ban 'step backwards' - Tories

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:17
E-cigarettes should not be banned in enclosed public places in Wales, the Conservatives say, as a report for Public Health England says they are 95% less harmful than tobacco.

Plan for fuel poverty task force

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:32
Plans to set up a task force aimed at tackling fuel poverty in rural areas of Scotland are to be announced.

Assembly election candidate probe

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:28
The Conservative candidate in one of the party's top target seats in next year's assembly election is being investigated by the public services ombudsman.

Labour makes legal checks over vote

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:16
The Labour Party says it has consulted lawyers to ensure its leadership contest is complying with the law, so the result is not open to challenge.

Dugdale to reveal frontbench team

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 00:19
The new leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale is set to announce her frontbench team.

UK and France to sign Calais deal

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 18:54
UK and French ministers are to meet in Calais on Thursday to sign a new deal to try to alleviate the migrant crisis in the port town.

Force finds nothing in Heath search

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 18:47
North Yorkshire Police says it has found no evidence to link former prime minister Sir Edward Heath to a crime in its area.

Miliband blamed for 'ridiculous rules'

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 16:24
Labour backbenchers call on Ed Miliband to apologise for the 'ridiculous' leadership rules he put in place.

Former Tory Euro MP Brookes dies

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 16:23
The former Welsh Conservative Euro MP Beata Brookes dies at the age of 84.

DWP admits using 'fake' benefit stories

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:57
The Department for Work and Pensions admits using made up comments from fictional welfare claimants in a leaflet about the benefit sanctions system.

Briton killed in Bangkok bombing

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:29
A British national was among at least 20 people killed in Monday's bomb attack in Bangkok, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirms.

Twitter goes nuts over PM's crisps

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:17
A teenage girl films David Cameron munching on crisps on a budget airline, sparking social media incredulity.

VIDEO: 'Power or protest' challenge to left

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:22
Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock urges left-wingers in the party to choose between the pursuit of power or "perpetual demonstration".