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Máiría Cahill to stand for election

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 21:15
Máiría Cahill, the Belfast woman who accused an IRA man of raping her and other IRA members of covering up her allegations, is bidding to stand for election to the Irish Senate.

VIDEO: McDonnell: Healey 'towering intellect'

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 18:47
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell pays tribute to former Labour chancellor Denis Healey who has died at the age of 98, describing him as 'a towering intellect'.

Labour's Denis Healey dies at 98

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 17:28
Denis Healey, one of Labour's most important post-war figures, dies aged 98, prompting tributes from across the political world.

VIDEO: A look at Denis Healey's career

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 16:44
Former Labour chancellor Denis Healey has died at the age of 98, his family has announced.

Denis Healey: A life in pictures

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 15:59
The long and incredible life of Denis Healey

New rules on 'political' boycotts

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 14:50
The government says it will introduce new rules to stop "politically-motivated" boycotts of foreign products and defence companies by local councils.

PM condemns Russia's Syria strikes

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 13:54
Russia's military intervention in Syria is helping to support the "butcher" President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Voters 'risk coming off register'

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 08:11
Voters are at risk of being left off the electoral register in the run-up to the 2016 assembly election, the Electoral Commission warns.

Liquidator bid to keep coke ovens going

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:08
Measures are being taken to keep the coke ovens at Redcar operating over the weekend, after owner SSI UK went into liquidation.

Conservative conference: What to expect

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:16
From David Cameron's long-term vision to tensions over Europe - what to expect from the first Conservative conference as a majority government for 20 years.

Councils' Syria funding extended

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 18:54
The government says it is extending funding for councils to "assist" with the costs of helping Syrian refugees.

VIDEO: Labour urges Redcar steelworks investment

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 18:18
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says the government's promise of an aid package to staff at Redcar steelworks is not enough, after the company owners go into liquidation.

NI agreement 'needed by end of month'

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:00
The prime minister tells the BBC that Northern Ireland inter-party talks have to lead to agreement by the end of October.

VIDEO: Osborne pledges support for steelworks staff

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 16:54
Chancellor George Osborne says ''a huge package of support'' is in place to help staff at Redcar steelworks, after the company owners go into liquidation.

Tory denies assaulting UKIP rival

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 16:37
A Conservative politician appears in court to plead not guilty to assaulting a UKIP candidate outside a fire station.

SSI steel firm goes into liquidation

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:00
SSI UK, owners of the mothballed Redcar steelworks where 1,700 jobs are at stake, goes into liquidation

Council workers' pay deal reached

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:56
An agreement is reached between Cosla and trade unions on a pay deal for Scottish council workers.

VIDEO: Zac Goldsmith 'won't be like Boris Johnson'

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:53
The Conservative Party has unveiled Zac Goldsmith as its candidate for the London mayoral election in 2016.

Syria strikes 'will fuel extremism'

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:47
Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State tell Russia to cease strikes they say have targeted opposition forces in Syria.

SNP wins five council by-elections

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:12
The SNP wins five local council by-elections in Aberdeen, Fife, East Ayrshire and Stirling.