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Consultation into reporting of abuse

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:31
The government is to undertake a public consultation into whether the reporting of child abuse by regulated bodies should be made mandatory.

Lords to debate Holyrood powers

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:12
The House of Lords is to have a full debate on the powers of the Scottish parliament following the referendum "No" vote.

NHS screening advice 'must improve'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:50
The NHS needs to get better at highlighting the dangers of screening for diseases such cancer, an influential group of MPs says.

New asylum backlog emerges, say MPs

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:35
The Home Office is facing a fresh backlog of asylum cases on top of 30,000 unresolved applications dating back to 2007, MPs warn.

Coalition row over EU referendum bill

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:51
The Conservatives accuse their Lib Dem coalition partners of "killing off" attempts to pass an EU referendum law before the general election.

Huhne loses court costs challenge

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:42
Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne loses a legal challenge over court costs incurred during his trial for swapping speeding points with his ex-wife.

National Grid in winter power warning

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:37
National Grid warns that its capacity to supply electricity this winter will be at a seven-year low due to generator closures and breakdowns.

Firefighters could end Welsh strikes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:34
A long-running series of strikes by firefighters in Wales could be over as union leaders hail a possible deal over pensions.

Eric Joyce arrested by London police

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:14
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is arrested by police in London after "clashing" with a youth in a convenience store.

UK seen as soft touch - Calais mayor

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:03
The UK is seen as a "soft touch" by migrants and its benefits system acts as a "magnet" to them, the Mayor of the French city of Calais has told MPs.

HS2 could spell hard lines for Stoke

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:22
What will it mean for Stoke-on-Trent if HS2 bypasses the city in favour of Crewe?

VIDEO: Can voters learn to trust politicians?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:34
Fewer people trust politicians but many still continue to vote at elections.

VIDEO: 'Legacy of under investment' in power

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:55
The government has been tackling a "legacy of under investment" in UK power supplies, says the energy minister.

VIDEO: Scottish Labour 'too angry at SNP'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:54
Lord McConnell says Scottish Labour has been struggling to come to terms with opposition at Holyrood.

UK opposes migrant rescue missions

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:48
The UK will not support future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, a Foreign Office minister says.

VIDEO: Who can rebuild Labour in Scotland?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:45
After the resignation of Johann Lamont as Scottish Labour leader on Friday what do traditional Labour voters think of the party now?

Sarwar: 'Expect array of candidates'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:52
Scottish Labour's interim leader, Anas Sarwar, says he expects "an array of candidates" to stand to replace Johann Lamont.

NI facing budget cuts of up to £850m

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:26
Sinn Fein says it will have further discussions on a Northern Ireland budget paper circulated by the finance minister proposing cuts of up to £850m.

VIDEO: How Lord Falconer lost 5.5 stone

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:45
Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer loses 5.5 stones by eating what ever he wants in his one meal per day diet plan

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:44
MPs take evidence on managing and replacing the Aspire contract.