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Inmates in England and Wales who carry out assaults or other serious crimes will face harsher measures from next year, the Ministry of Justice announces.
Retailer Sports Direct has dismissed criticism by Ed Miliband of its use of zero-hours contracts.
Nicola Sturgeon has used her first speech as SNP leader to predict the party could hold the "balance of power" after the next general election.
Two Scottish Labour leadership candidates announce a series of measures aimed at achieving gender equality.
Labour Leader Ed Miliband had attacked retailer Sports Direct for its use of zero-hours contracts, labelling it a "terrible place to work".
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to double the amount of free childcare available for three and four-year-olds in Scotland if the SNP wins the next Holyrood election.
Retailer Sports Direct dismisses criticism by Ed Miliband of its use of zero-hours contracts, after the Labour leader calls it a "terrible place to work".
The UK must be ready to "walk away" if it is unhappy with negotiations over its relationship with the European Union, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell tells his party's conference that there will be no electoral pacts and his party's values are not for sale.
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says it would be "foolish" for his party to rule out entering into a coalition at Westminster.
Devolved governments should have a say on big political decisions made at a UK level over things such as defence and welfare, according to Plaid Cymru's leader.
Russia could face further sanctions unless it stops "destabilising" Ukraine, David Cameron says, as world leaders gather for the G20 summit.
David Cameron says Russia will face a tough response from the West unless it stops sending troops and tanks to support separatist rebels in Ukraine.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to criticise Sports Direct over its use of zero-hours contracts in a speech on Saturday.
Nicola Sturgeon will use her first SNP conference speech as party leader to urge voters to dump Labour in next May's UK election.
Highlights as young people take over the House of Commons
The quality of politicians in Wales has been criticised at a conference on the future of devolution.
The parliamentary authorities defend the practice of removing leaves by hand from trees at the Palace of Westminster rather than allowing nature to take its course each autumn.
A legal challenge to try to block the UK complying with the European Arrest Warrant is dismissed at the High Court.
Alex Salmond tells the SNP conference that his party should set a target to win a majority of Scottish seats in the 2015 Westminster election.