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New restrictions on online British porn content shown in the UK should be debated by Parliament, says Lib Dem Julian Huppert.
A lease hire car scheme for more than 20 managers costs a west Wales authority more than £115,000, it admits.
Nick Robinson on the problem Miliband's speech is targeting
Prime Minister David Cameron says he is determined to do everything he can to secure agreement in cross-party talks in Northern Ireland.
A new offence is to be created to stop paedophiles soliciting explicit photos from children via mobile phones or the internet, the prime minister says.
Unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from welfare-to-work schemes to specialist programmes, according to the charity Mind.
Scotland's new tax collection agency is criticised by auditors over delays in recruiting staff and developing computer systems.
Disgraced former Tory minister Neil Hamilton withdraws from a UKIP selection process, claiming there is a "dirty tricks" campaign against him.
The former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond has told BBC Newsnight he believes that SNP could play a decisive role in forming the next UK government - for the first time in a generation.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will promise a "tough but balanced" approach to cutting the £90bn deficit, when he sets out his plans in a speech.
Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton withdraws from the selection process to become a prospective parliamentary candidate for UKIP in Essex.
Nicola Sturgeon has her first audience with the Queen since becoming Scotland's first minister.
Tony Blair is summoned to appear before a House of Commons inquiry to be questioned about how his government dealt with paramilitary suspects.
Tax powers are on their way to Wales as a bill paving the way to further devolution is passed.
George Osborne is joined by celebrities as he hosts a Christmas party for seriously ill children at 11 Downing Street.
The NHS would be "in dire straits" without migrant workers, one of the UK's senior economists Stephen Nickell tells MPs.
The committee takes evidence for its scrutiny of the Autumn Statement.
Prime Minister David Cameron lights a candle at a memorial for Holocaust victims as he visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Chris Mason explains what we know about Bird v Bolter
Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger admits the image of a Tory council leader was removed from an official photo as he was "narked" with him.