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UK summons Russian envoy over Ukraine

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:55
Moscow's ambassador to the UK is summoned by the Foreign Office to "clarify" reports of a Russian military incursion into Ukraine.

Island powers proposals set out

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:53
The UK government sets out its plans to increase representation for Scotland's islands if there is a "No" vote in the referendum.

Wales NHS to offer MS cannabis drug

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:50
The NHS in Wales is the first in the UK to fund a cannabis-based medicine for people with multiple sclerosis.

Can Boris-style mayors boost north?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:56
There are calls for the government to look again at the prospect of introducing directly elected mayors to more English cities.

End ban on gay blood donors, says MP

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:47
The government should change the "prejudiced and illogical rules" which stop sexually-active gay men from giving blood, a Conservative MP says.

Reid makes appeal to Labour voters

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:52
Labour voters should "beware Nationalists bearing gifts" ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, Lord Reid claims.

Farage seeking South Thanet seat

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:16
UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirms he is seeking selection as the party's candidate for the Kent seat of South Thanet at the next general election.

Pembs council chief stands aside

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:47
The chief of Pembrokeshire council is to stand aside with immediate effect amid a row into unlawful payments he received.

AUDIO: Chess and politics 'are linked'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:44
Daily Telegraph chess correspondent Malcolm Pein and Labour MP Maria Eagle discuss the link between chess and politics.

Yes vote 'will protect policing'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:56
Three former senior police officers claim independence would protect the Scottish force from what they say is the "slashing" of police numbers in England.

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.