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Rise in weapons found in prisons

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 00:04
The number of weapons confiscated in Scottish prisons has almost doubled in a year, new figures show.

Tougher sentences for internet trolls

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 22:29
Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Tory candidate to replace Hague named

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:10
Businessman Rishi Sunak is selected as the Conservative candidate to vie for William Hague's Richmond seat at the general election.

UUP leader repeats DUP pact call

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:54
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt repeats his call for an electoral pact between his party and the DUP in next year's general election.

'Fairer look' at transport demanded

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:44
North Wales deserves a "fairer" deal on transport investment to boost business and the economy, politicians in the region are insisting.

Thousands set to join pay marches

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:29
Tens of thousands of people are expected to join protests organised by the TUC over the issue of pay following a week of action organised by unions.

Citizens Advice to give pension help

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 01:39
Citizens Advice is to provide free face-to-face guidance following the government's announcement of new pension rules.

Clashes continue over Scottish powers

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:12
Scottish and UK ministers continue to argue over more Scottish Parliament powers, exactly one month on from the independence referendum.

Labour pledges cancer test wait cut

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 23:58
Labour will pledge that by 2020 no-one in England need wait more than a week for cancer tests and results if it is in power.

Robinson outlines welfare fund plan

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:54
First Minister Peter Robinson sets out ways that he believes would make the government's welfare changes more acceptable in Northern Ireland.

Calls to send foreign prisoners home

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:01
Kettering MP Philip Hollobone calls for foreign prisoners to be sent to prisons in their own country and policing minister Mike Penning agrees.

Call for prostitution arrests stats

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:31
Sinn Féin calls for more information on the number of arrests and convictions made after a proposed ban on paying for sex is introduced in Northern Ireland.

Cameron faces revolt over EU Warrant

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:05
David Cameron faces Tory revolt over the European Arrest Warrant

Drop 'vindictive justice' says Silk

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:06
Wales should be able to ditch a "rather vindictive criminal justice" system and cut the prison population, says the man heading a commission on devolution.

VIDEO: Roy Hattersley: My life in politics

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:03
Lord Hattersley on his time as a Birmingham MP, views of Labour Party leaders, and why he did not join the SDP.

Where does UKIP stand on health?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:51
We know about Europe but where does the party stand on health?

VIDEO: Empey on N Ireland assembly 'gridlock'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:40
The Ulster Unionist Party holds its annual conference as the Northern Ireland Assembly faces financial problems.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:55
The political week up to 17 October is reviewed in one minute by Giles Dilnot looking back over the headlines.

VIDEO: MPs debate fresh EU referendum bill

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:50
Tories make a new attempt to get legislation through the Commons for a referendum on Britain's EU membership.

Tractor speed limit to rise to 25mph

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:38
The speed limit for tractors is to rise by 5mph to 25mph next year while weight restrictions will also be relaxed.

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