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UK jobless rate nears six-year low

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:35
The UK unemployment rate falls to 6.4% in the three months to June, close to a six-year low but wage growth is the slowest on record.

RAF jets set for Iraq aid mission

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:49
RAF Tornado jets are set to carry out surveillance to support efforts in delivering aid to refugees trapped on mountains in northern Iraq.

Tighter scrutiny call by Tory leader

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:55
The first minister needs tighter scrutiny to improve faith in the political system, the Welsh Conservatives claim.

Constitution to 'guarantee' free NHS

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:05
Alex Salmond is to promise the inclusion of a right to free healthcare in the proposed written constitution of an independent Scotland.

UKIP to avoid rival fringe events

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:59
Nigel Farage is likely to steer clear of fringe events at other party conferences this autumn - as UKIP tries to move away from "gatecrashing" rival gatherings.

Head teachers plan own league tables

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:12
Head teachers say they will publish their own independent exam school league tables, bypassing any political involvement.

Alexander in post-Yes currency vow

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:37
The chief secretary to the Treasury insists he will continue to oppose a currency union even if Scotland votes for independence.

UK warns Moscow over aid mission

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:58
David Cameron and his Australian counterpart warn Moscow not to use a humanitarian aid mission as a cover for efforts to further destabilise eastern Ukraine.

UK warns over Israel export licences

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:50
Ministers identify 12 military export licenses to Israel that they would suspend if "significant hostilities" resume in Gaza.

'McMafia' crime gangs targeted

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:14
Environmental officers are looking to Italy to crack down on "McMafia" crime gangs who profit from illegal waste disposal in Scotland.

What does it take to get MPs back to Westminster in August?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00
What does it take for MPs to have their breaks interrupted?

Hammond rejects MPs' recall for Iraq

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:11
The foreign secretary says Parliament should not be recalled "at the moment" - after Sir Menzies Campbell joined those wanting MPs to debate the Iraq situation.

Tornados leave UK for Iraq mission

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:23
Three RAF Tornado jets are heading to Cyprus from where they are set to help efforts to deliver aid to refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.

'Bedroom tax' lorry death was suicide

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:16
A woman took her own life by walking in front of a lorry on a motorway after leaving a note blaming the government, a coroner rules.

Warning over release of Davey letter

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:36
An ex-Cabinet Secretary warns that releasing a letter between the energy secretary and No 10 would be "detrimental to good government".

Votes for prisoners: The zombie case that won't die

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:40
Dominic Casciani on the court battle that won't go away

Why do MPs quit Parliament?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:58
The reasons MPs give for deciding to step down from Parliament

No damages for prisoners denied vote

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:22
The European Court of Human Rights rules that the UK has again breached prisoners' rights by failing to give them the vote - but refused to award damages.

UK makes second air drop in Iraq

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:30
RAF planes dropped a second round of lifesaving aid to refugees in northern Iraq overnight, UK government confirms.

Is the pound the best currency for Scotland?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:42
Is the pound the best currency for Scotland?