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Leader contenders set for debate

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:09
Prospective leaders of the Labour Party will face questions from the public later, in the wake of news that Chuka Umunna has bowed out of the leadership contest.

New Budget planned for July

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:00
Chancellor George Osborne says he will deliver a new Budget on 8 July which will "entrench stability and security".

Farage should 'take break' - Carswell

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:42
UKIP leader Nigel Farage "needs to take a break now", the party's only MP Douglas Carswell says.

Road could cost Newport docks £30m

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:50
The controversial M4 relief road could cost Newport docks £30 million in investment, the man in charge claims.

Former MEP guilty of expenses fraud

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:47
A former MEP is convicted of claiming almost £500,000 in false European Parliament expenses.

Bursary boost for poorest students

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:51
University students from the poorest backgrounds are to be given more financial support, Education Secretary Angela Constance has said.

Disability claim delays 'not illegal'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 14:21
Delays in processing disability benefits claims were unacceptable but not illegal, the Department for Work and Pensions tells London's High Court.

VIDEO: Irish vote in gay marriage referendum

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:47
Voters in the Republic of Ireland can take part in a referendum next Friday on a bid to legalise gay marriage.

VIDEO: Brussels' view on UK bid for new EU deal

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:39
European reaction to what David Cameron will want, and what he may get, in a new EU deal for the UK.

VIDEO: Bradshaw: Umunna quitting race 'tragic'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:36
Ben Bradshaw claims Chuka Umunna as Labour leader would have been "the person who the Tories feared the most".

Council in campaign against merger

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:33
Councillors in Conwy launch a campaign to stop any mergers with neighbouring authorities, fearing services will suffer and costs will rise.

VIDEO: TTIP, migration and Russia in 60 seconds

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:17
Reviewing the EU week in 60 seconds as Giles Dilnot looks at the headlines from European politics and finance.

Farage to UKIP critics: 'Stay or go'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:41
UKIP leader Nigel Farage challenges his critics to decide whether to remain in the party, as a bitter internal row continues.

Umunna withdraws Labour leader bid

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:00
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna withdraws from the Labour leadership race, citing the uncomfortable pressure of extra scrutiny on his life.

VIDEO: Farage: 'Make your minds up or go'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:10
Nigel Farage has called on "two or three people to make their minds up" about whether "their futures are with UKIP".

Election swings and roundabouts

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:12
The striking contrast between the swings to Labour and the Conservatives in the East Midlands.

PM and Sturgeon to discuss new powers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:42
Increasing powers for the Scottish Parliament will dominate the agenda when David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon hold talks in Edinburgh later.

UKIP's Farage rules out quitting

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:46
Nigel Farage says he enjoys a "phenomenal" level of support as UKIP leader and will not resign, despite a bitter row over his future.

VIDEO: Farage: 'I will continue as UKIP leader'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:03
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told the BBC's Question Time that he does not support a leadership election and that he is standing by his decision to continue as UKIP leader.

Creagh joins Labour leadership race

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:29
Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh bids to lead Labour, saying the party lost the election after forgetting to "offer hope".