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VIDEO: Job figures 'very encouraging'

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:49
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the latest unemployment figures are "very encouraging".

UK unemployment falls to 2.02m

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:28
Unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02 million in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.

Wales joins final push for votes

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:35
On the last day of campaigning before Scotland's independence poll, Welsh politicians join the final push to win over undecided hearts and minds.

Billionaire in NI dementia grant

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:22
A US billionaire philanthropist is providing grants in Northern Ireland for dementia care, shared education and early years learning.

Referendum campaigns make final push

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:36
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.

MPs criticise 'lax' waste schemes

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:21
Grants worth £213.5m were paid to councils for waste projects even though key facilities have yet to be built, MPs say.

The parliament that never was

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:10
The Scottish parliament that never was

Power to the English people?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:49
Will the Scottish referendum result in new powers for England?

Heywood by-election candidates list

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:43
A list of candidates is confirmed for the Heywood and Middleton by-election, to be held on 9 October.

What if referendum ends in a draw?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:46
What happens if the Scottish referendum ends in a draw?

Sinn Féin move 'motivated by arrest'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:49
Promotion prospects are limited for any police officer who signs an arrest warrant for a Sinn Fein member, a Policing Board member claims.

VIDEO: Strugglers 'more likely to vote yes'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:24
Andrew Neil on the campaign with Yes Scotland in Hamilton, a traditional Labour seat visited by Nicola Sturgeon.

PM hints at plan for English powers

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:59
David Cameron rules out an English Parliament but hints that English MPs could get the final say on England-only laws.

VIDEO: West on left-right politics of the arts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:16
Actor Samuel West and ConservativeHome website editor Mark Wallace on the politics of the arts, and its funding.

PCC resigns over child abuse scandal

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:52
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:47
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.

UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:25
Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.

Funding pledge 'unfair to Wales'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:48
A pledge by the three Westminster party leaders to keep the current funding system for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is criticised by a Welsh MEP.

VIDEO: UK party leaders sign No vote pledge

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:41
The three main UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - have signed a pledge promising "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.

VIDEO: Passport delay victims 'need refund'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:26
Passport applicants who paid more than £30 extra for a "fast-track" service in an attempt to avoid processing delays should get refunds, MPs have said.