The latest stories from the Politics section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 1 day 41 min ago
Two deep coal mines in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire are to close next year with the loss of 1,300 jobs, the government announces.
Devolution to England's big cities is back on the political agenda, but for how long?
The Labour Party says it will consider making the serious exploitation of migrant workers by employers a criminal offence if it gains power.
The Equality Commission criticises Newry and Mourne Council for retaining the name of a children's play park called after IRA hunger striker.
Former City minister Lord Myners quits the board of the Co-operative Group after criticism of his plans to reform the troubled mutual.
Most students will still be paying back university loans in their 40s and 50s, and many will never clear the debt, Sutton Trust research finds.
The government is urged to scrap plans to ban CCTV being used to enforce parking and traffic violations.
Researchers say that plans to restrict wind farms to the seas around Britain will require significantly larger subsidies.
Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.
Confusion and a lack of planning were the reasons the BBC's £98.4m Digital Media Initiative failed, according to a report.
The prime minister's handling of the Maria Miller expense scandal shows "how disconnected he is with public opinion", the leader of the UK Independence Party has said.
A holiday firm whose clients are accused of hosting raucous parties in luxury homes criticises an MP for not "encouraging the success of a local business".
Tory MP Michael Fabricant claims on Twitter that he has been sacked as Conservative Party vice-chairman for earlier comments about Maria Miller's resignation.
G4S will be able to bid for government contracts again after it was barred in the wake of a dispute about overcharging.
Irish President Michael D Higgins meets Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Buckingham Palace on the second day of his historic visit to the UK.
The prime minister says MPs' expenses rules have been improved since 2010, but says there is more to do to "reassure the public".
David Cameron defends Parliament after Maria Miller's resignation but Labour say he does not "get" public anger.
A Labour peer asks the government if it factors flatulence caused by baked beans into climate-change calculations.
Sinn Féin criticises a Conservative peer for saying that he hoped Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness would be shot in the back for attending a state banquet hosted by the Queen.
Labour claims David Cameron has downgraded women in his mini-reshuffle prompted by Maria Miller's resignation.