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UK economic growth revised upwards

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:42
The UK economy grew by 3.2% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, slightly higher than the original 3.1% estimate.

Kirk calls for debate on Iraq action

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:40
Leading members of the Church of Scotland are urging the Westminster parliament to be recalled so MPs can debate the deepening crisis in Iraq.

Prisoners file thousands of complaints

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:37
Scottish prisoners filed almost 9,000 complaints over the last 18 months, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Help for fishermen over Russian ban

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:34
UK Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss promises her full support for Scotland's fishing industry in response to Russia's food export ban.

Minister's 'no' to fracking change

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:32
Scotland's energy minister opposes plans to make it easier for fracking companies to drill beneath residential areas.

UK 'would consider' arming Kurds

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:31
Britain would "favourably consider" any request for arms from the Kurds in their battle with extremists in Iraq, the BBC understands.

NHS rights call for private patients

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:29
Calls are made for private healthcare patients in Wales to have the same rights as those on the NHS.

'Nothing to stop' sterling use

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:52
There is "nothing to stop" an independent Scotland using sterling with or without a currency union, economist Sir Donald Mackay says.

VIDEO: Cameron: UK Iraq plans 'flexible'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:17
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the UK's plans for delivering aid to displaced Iraqis must be "flexible enough to respond" to what is a developing situation.

Stormont hospitality bill 'amazing'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:16
Some Stormont departments have been running up a hospitality bill of £50,000 per week, TUV leader Jim Allister says.

UK Iraq rescue mission 'less likely'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:52
A mission to rescue people trapped by Islamist fighters on Mount Sinjar in Iraq is now "less likely", the international development secretary says.

Record number of university places

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:38
Pupils receiving A-level results will have more university places to choose from than ever before.

Lib Dems vow tax-free allowance rise

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:07
A rise in the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 during the next Parliament is proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

Councils 'should have more power'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:02
Councils should be able to raise most of the money they spend from local taxes, according to a new report.

Top A-level grade improvement hopes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:33
Thousands of students in Wales are anxiously waiting for their A-level results, with hopes of an improvement in the very top grades.

UK politician's Tibet visit under fire

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:43
Campaigners have criticised a senior UK politician for comments he is reported to have made praising development while visiting Tibet, John Sudworth reports.

Fracking threatens election tremors

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:58
How big an impact will fracking have on 2015 election?

Could Scotland vote change the debate on clocks?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:53
Could Scotland vote shift debate on BST?

Trident relocation 'not impossible'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:01
Moving Trident nuclear submarines out of an independent Scotland would be "very difficult but not impossible", according to a study.

'Shocking rise' in benefit sanctions

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:17
There has been a "shocking" rise in the number of sanctions for those who receive a key sickness benefit, according to homeless charity Crisis.

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