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VIDEO: 'War footing needed to beat IS'

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 11:13
Former chief of the defence staff Lord Richards says current strategy to defeat IS is not sufficient.

Labour rivals clash in BBC debate

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 10:59
Labour's four leadership contenders clash over public spending, welfare cuts and what they would do to make the party electable.

Could Corbyn be Labour's next leader?

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 07:23
Could Jeremy Corbyn really do it?

UK will help US destroy IS - Cameron

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 05:41
Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the "caliphate" set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Councils consider North East mayor

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 02:20
Seven local authorities in the North East of England are to begin negotiations with the government over establishing a directly elected mayor for the region.

Clash over £700m tax credits claim

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 00:57
The Scottish government claims tax credits changes in the Budget could leave Scottish families £700m worse off a year.

Lib Dems nervy over Fallon's beliefs

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 20:23
Lib Dems nervy over new leader's religious convictions

FOI review open-minded, says Straw

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 15:05
A review of the Freedom of Information Act will be "open-minded", former Home Secretary Jack Straw says, following criticism by campaigners.

Health cash delays 'not good enough'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:27
Delays in refunding people for ongoing care when the NHS should have paid are "not good enough", the public accounts committee chairman says.

FOI review panel choice criticised

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:08
Campaigners have criticised the panel chosen to scrutinise the workings of the Freedom of Information Act.

PM urged to explain RAF Syria action

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 21:48
David Cameron is under pressure to explain why RAF personnel have taken part in bombing Islamic State militants in Syria without the approval of Parliament.

£1bn tax fraud crackdown falters

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 17:42
A US outsourcing giant brought in to tackle tax-credit fraud is falling well short of its target, the National Audit Office says.

Review of Freedom of Information laws

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:47
A review of FOI laws is launched amid concerns "sensitive information" is not being protected - but campaigners say ministers just want to hide "bad decisions".

Attitudes to green taxes 'hardening'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 14:41
Green taxes are set to be cut further, the BBC has learnt, with a "big reset" for the subsidies paid by consumers likely later this year.

Osborne's north electric rail hint

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:20
There is a "really strong case" for the electrification of the north Wales rail lines, Chancellor George Osborne says.

Care costs cap 'delayed until 2020'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:06
The government's flagship policy to cap care costs in England will be delayed until 2020, the government says.

Treasury bundles FCA boss out of the door

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:35
Make no bones about it, the Treasury was behind Martin Wheatley's surprise decision to stand down as the head of the Financial Conduct Authority.

VIDEO: Judges back MPs' 'spy law' challenge

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:09
Two MPs have won a High Court battle over laws which they say allow the police and security services to "spy on citizens" without proper safeguards.

CBI urges PM to lift migrant cap

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:23
Business leaders urge David Cameron to ease restrictions on skilled foreign workers which they say are harming the economic recovery.

MPs win surveillance powers challenge

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:16
Two MPs win a High Court battle against the government over laws they say allow police to "spy on citizens" without proper safeguards.