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William Hague tells the Commons the late Lord Brittan was a "kind, assiduous and brilliant man".
Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 at his home in London, his family say.
A UKIP member calls for people who claim benefits to be banned from driving to free up space on the roads.
Proposals to introduce a law which which would ban smacking children in Wales are dropped by an assembly committee.
Charities and campaign groups have been "frightened" into curtailing their public work because of a new lobbying law , warns the former Bishop of Oxford.
A judge dismisses a legal challenge against Scottish government proposals to appoint a "named person" for every child under 18.
The UN envoy and former prime minister Gordon Brown has said he wants to provide Syrian refugees in Lebanon with hope and is calling on the international community to help
The failure to provide an education for young Syrian refugees runs the risk of creating a recruiting ground for extremists, says Gordon Brown.
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Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy confirms he will stand again to become the MP for East Renfrewshire in May's General Election.
The Northern Ireland Assembly sells Ormiston House for just over £1.5m, a building it bought for £9m in 2001.
London Mayor Boris Johnson settles US capital gains tax bill he had described as "absolutely outrageous".
Labour says there is "no choice" but to restart the inquiry into historical child sex abuse, with a new chair and statutory powers.
The tobacco industry warns that plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging are "flawed" - with UKIP's Nigel Farage calling it an "appalling intrusion into consumer choice".
The Law Commission should consider abolishing ancient feudal rights held by 'lords of the manor', says a committee of MPs.
Welsh ministers are planning to end the right of social housing tenants to buy their home, BBC Wales is told.
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Election debates could ahead without David Cameron, ex-BBC boss Lord Grade says, but he warns against "empty chairing" him.
The prime minister will be in Scotland as the UK government publishes the draft bill to transfer extensive new powers to the Scottish Parliament.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles "unlawfully discriminated" against Romany Gypsies wanting pitches in the Green Belt, the High Court rules.