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Cigarette package law brought forward

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 21:09
The government says it will press ahead with the introduction of non-branded cigarette packaging in England, introducing legislation before May's election.

MP died after drinking spirits

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:59
An MP from Greater Manchester died after drinking a fatal amount of spirits during an official dinner in Poland, an inquest has heard.

Tories stand firm over 'attack ad'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 18:16
The Conservatives says they will not take down an online campaign video after the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, whose voice features in it, called for it to be removed.

VIDEO: Clegg voices report delay anger

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:07
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has voiced his anger that the official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not report until after the general election.

AUDIO: Hidden Parliament

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:50
What goes on behind the scenes at the Palace of Westminster?

Blair: Don't blame me for Iraq delays

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:50
Tony Blair rejects "politically motivated" suggestions that he is behind the latest hold-up to the official inquiry report into the Iraq war.

NI water industrial action suspended

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:10
The industrial dispute at NI Water has been suspended and unions are recommending the latest offer to their members.

VIDEO: MP on 'disgraceful' Chilcot delay

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:43
There is a suspicion that Tony Blair conspired with George W Bush ahead of the Iraq War, says a Tory MP.

VIDEO: 'Powerful people' delaying publication

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:42
Labour MP Diane Abbott asks David Cameron about the impact on public confidence of delays over public inquiries.

SNP to vote on English health laws

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:29
The leader of the SNP tells the BBC that her MPs will vote on English health matters if it helps to protect the NHS in Scotland.

VIDEO: Blunt joke about political records

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:27
James Blunt is mentioned at PMQs as a Tory MP jokes about the singer's spat with Labour's Chris Bryant.

VIDEO: UKIP challenge to PM on election debates

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:25
Mark Reckless faces noisy MPs as he challenges the prime minister over taking part in planned TV leaders' debates.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon speaks to Nick Robinson

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:11
Extended video of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's interview with the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson.

Wales' unemployment rate drops

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:10
The unemployment rate in Wales drops to 7% with 103,000 people out of work, the Office for National Statistics says.

VIDEO: Political walkouts - from a TV studio

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:03
Archive clips show how a broadcaster's question can bring a TV interview to a very abrupt end.

About 1,250 still without water

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:58
About 1,250 customers are currently without a water supply due to an industrial dispute, as the minister and NI Water boss are questioned in an emergency meeting.

Racing circuit public cash warning

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:44
Ministers are urged not to commit further public money to plans for a £315m motor racing circuit in south Wales.

Further fall in UK unemployment

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:37
The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the three months to November, official figures show.

VIDEO: UK blogger on Saudi regime

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:30
Blogger Sunny Hundal says Raif Badawi's treatment means the UK should stop "hugging" the Saudi Arabia regime.

MPs' anger at Iraq Inquiry delay

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:38
MPs react angrily to news that the official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not report until after the general election.