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A retired surgeon and former manager of Wales' largest hospital criticises the state of the NHS, claiming politicians and managers have "messed it up" and cites his own care experience after an operation.
The number of school leavers going on to work, training or further study has reached a record level, according to new statistics.
The prime minister leads tributes to former Conservative minister and MP Lord Roberts of Conwy, who has died at the age of 83.
An MP says she is "appalled" to be named in a national newspaper's "Top 10 laziest MPs" list that was based on her voting record when she was on maternity leave.
Ministers write to university leaders asking them to clarify advice on allowing men and women to be segregated at talks by guest speakers.
The main party leaders should "come clean" over a new runway at Heathrow says Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, ahead of an official report on airport capacity.
Farmers' leaders urge the government not to implement plans to cut agricultural subsidies by 15% and transfer the cash to wildlife protection in England and Wales.
A key Conservative election manifesto pledge opposing the expansion of Heathrow airport could be broken, BBC Newsnight understands.
The closure of the first failing free school has been ordered by the Department for Education, after inspectors found standards there unacceptably poor.
A report on gangs highlights a fall in levels of youth violence but campaigners say the government needs to do more to tackle the problem.
Getting working class people involved in public life
Labour says MP Jack Dromey should not have used the potentially offensive word "Pikey" in a tweet but it was an "innocent mistake".
An MEP explained why she wants Britain to follow other nations and change the laws over paying for sex.
Odds have been cut on a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, while Ukip looks set to top the poll results in May's European elections, if the bookies can be believed.
Britain's Baroness Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy supremo, heads up a network of ambassadors, who work for the External Action Service.
German voters went to the polls in September but are only just about to get their new government, with a grand coalition expected to get the go-ahead this weekend.
The issue of Northern Ireland's troubled past may never be resolved if politicians fail to reach agreement on how to deal with it, warns Alliance MP Naomi Long.
How fragile is the 2014 recovery?
The political week in EU matters is reviewed in 60 seconds by David Thompson going back over the headlines from Strasbourg and Brussels for Politics Europe.
Immigrants applying for work-related benefits are being tested on the English language skills under a new government programme.