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DUP leader Peter Robinson says he will not attend the opening of next week's talks aimed at breaking the deadlock at Stormont.
Nigel Farage says UKIP could hold the balance of power in Parliament next year after gaining its first elected MP.
A senior Lib Dem says he is confident about the future despite the party's second worst by-election result since 1945.
British Chambers of Commerce views on trading and exporting to Europe and UK relations with the EU.
Nigel Farage defends comments suggesting immigrants who are HIV-positive should not be allowed to come to the UK.
Predictions for the 2015 general election face a "whole range of uncertainties" says YouGov pollster Peter Kellner.
Electoral maths suggest a 50% chance of a hung parliament and a probable coalition in 2015 says an elections expert.
Breakthrough achieved - but how far can UKIP go?
Police speak to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson as part of an investigation into alleged breaches of electoral law.
David Cameron says the by-elections show a big vote for UKIP could lead to Labour victory at next year's election.
Nigel Farage and newly-elected MP Douglas Carswell are barracked by reporters over the party's stance on banning migrants with HIV entering Britain
Ed Miliband says Labour will not be complacent about the UKIP threat after narrowly escaping a shock defeat in Heywood and Middleton.
Labour's election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander says the Labour party won't take any voter for granted.
How the party went from the fringes to become a political force
Conservative Party Chairman, Grant Shapps says UKIP's victory in the Clacton by-election is a "wake-up call" for Tory supporters.
Scotland's political parties are due to make submissions to the commission tasked with delivering more devolved powers in the wake of the referendum result.
The British Medical Association says the threat of suspension is stopping doctors in Wales from raising concerns about clinical care.
The big Westminster parties have plenty to ponder following the by-elections in Clacton and Heywood and Middleton.
As UKIP celebrates its win in the Clacton by-election here is a look at some other past significant wins for political parties
Revenge sweet for UKIP after Cameron insults