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Cooper: Labour must offer optimism

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:02
Yvette Cooper says Labour needs a bolder and more optimistic vision for the future, as she set out her pitch for the party leadership.

Court hears 'right to die' case

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:24
A severely disabled grandfather is asking Scotland's highest civil court to review the current law on assisted suicide.

O'Flynn: I don't want Farage to quit

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:56
UKIP's election campaign chief backs Nigel Farage after earlier calling him "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive" but other senior figures urge him to quit.

VIDEO: Cooper: 'Got to have optimism for future'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:04
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has been setting out her vision for the leadership of the Labour Party.

"Take us with you, Scotland" say thousands in North of England

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:31
Thousands in the North of England take to Twitter to back SNP

Carney rejects migrant labour fears

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:42
Bank of England governor Mark Carney, speaking in a BBC interview, dismisses fears that cheap foreign labour has reduced UK productivity.

Ireland 'will protect' peace deal

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:38
The Irish Government is determined to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement in the face of a UK plan to scrap the Human Rights Act, a minister has said.

Farron confirms Lib Dem leadership bid

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:34
Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, the party's former president, tells the BBC he will stand in the party's leadership election.

Cameron back in Wales after poll win

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:17
David Cameron makes his first visit to Wales since the Conservatives' general election victory.

Research shortage as unis lag behind

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:10
A shortage of researchers in science, engineering, maths and medicine needs to be tackled, a higher education think tank warns.

$2bn antibiotic research fund urged

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:11
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.

Are Labour tribes readying to go to war?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 03:39
Are Labour tribes readying to go to war?

UKIP campaign chief condemns Farage

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 02:52
UKIP's election campaign chief condemns Nigel Farage as a "snarling" and "aggressive" man who is turning the party into a "personality cult".

What will the new Parliament look like?

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:56
Mark D'Arcy wonders what the new Parliament will look like

Holyrood concern at Smith draft plan

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:35
A Holyrood committee is expected to raise serious concerns about the UK government's draft legislation to deliver further devolution.

Osborne to outline city powers plan

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:04
Chancellor George Osborne is to outline plans giving cities power over transport, housing, planning and policing, in his first speech of the new Parliament.

'Broader appeal' needed from Labour

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:45
The First Minister in Wales has said the Labour Party must appeal to a broader range of voters in the future.

Prince's private letters published

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 18:31
Private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour ministers on subjects ranging from Army equipment to the dominance of supermarkets are published after a legal battle.

Murphy 'confident' of staying leader

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 17:49
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy tells the BBC he is "confident" about remaining in the post despite last week's disastrous general election result.

How much Short money do parties get?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:33
UKIP MP Douglas Carswell is in a row with his party after he said he wanted to reject £650,000 in so-called "Short money". How much are parties entitled to and what do they do with it?