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The number of weapons confiscated in Scottish prisons has almost doubled in a year, new figures show.
Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
Businessman Rishi Sunak is selected as the Conservative candidate to vie for William Hague's Richmond seat at the general election.
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt repeats his call for an electoral pact between his party and the DUP in next year's general election.
North Wales deserves a "fairer" deal on transport investment to boost business and the economy, politicians in the region are insisting.
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 is to provide free face-to-face guidance following the government's announcement of new pension rules.
Scottish and UK ministers continue to argue over more Scottish Parliament powers, exactly one month on from the independence referendum.
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.
First Minister Peter Robinson sets out ways that he believes would make the government's welfare changes more acceptable in Northern Ireland.
Kettering MP Philip Hollobone calls for foreign prisoners to be sent to prisons in their own country and policing minister Mike Penning agrees.
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.
David Cameron faces Tory revolt over the European Arrest Warrant
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.
Lord Hattersley on his time as a Birmingham MP, views of Labour Party leaders, and why he did not join the SDP.
We know about Europe but where does the party stand on health?
The Ulster Unionist Party holds its annual conference as the Northern Ireland Assembly faces financial problems.
The political week up to 17 October is reviewed in one minute by Giles Dilnot looking back over the headlines.
Tories make a new attempt to get legislation through the Commons for a referendum on Britain's EU membership.
The speed limit for tractors is to rise by 5mph to 25mph next year while weight restrictions will also be relaxed.