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MSPs to hold more powers debate

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:28
More tax and welfare powers will be discussed at Holyrood during a special debate on the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Blunkett backs Fallon on migrants

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:02
Ex-Home Secretary David Blunkett backs cabinet minister Michael Fallon over his warning that parts of the UK risk being "swamped" by immigrants.

Lloyds Bank confirms 9,000 job losses

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:25
Lloyds Bank confirms 9,000 job losses and the closure of 150 branches over the next three years.

E. coli warning over council cuts

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:49
Councils could struggle to tackle any future outbreak of E. coli food poisoning due to staff cuts, a spending watchdog warns.

Huhne challenges points case costs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:38
Ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne is challenging a court order for £77,750 in costs relating to his prosecution for passing speeding points to his former wife in 2003.

Children 'lacking trust' in police

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:38
Children and young people have a "profound lack of trust" in the police, bordering on fear in some cases, a report by MPs and peers suggests.

Prisons 'struggle with older inmates'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:24
Prisons in England and Wales are struggling to cope with the increasing number of elderly prisoners, according to a report by the Prison Reform Trust.

Mental health spending 'too low'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:00
Local authorities in England spend on average just 1.4% of their public health budgets on mental health, the charity Mind says.

Ministers lose judicial review votes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:27
Ministers are defeated three times in the Lords over plans to limit the scope for judicial reviews of public decisions.

'Positive start' to Stormont talks

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:45
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says that inter-party talks at Stormont have got off to a positive start.

Immigration not a menace, Welby says

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:23
Immigration must not be seen as a "deep menace", but must be managed "prudently and carefully", Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says.

Balls denies 'branch office' claim

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:33
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls rejects Johann Lamont's claim that the UK party treats Scottish Labour like a "branch office".

'Jogger' runs into David Cameron

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:37
A member of the public runs into Prime Minister David Cameron as he leaves a meeting in Leeds, in an apparent security breach.

VIDEO: What odds on Brand for London mayor?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:31
Russell Brand is linked to a campaign to run as London mayor in 2016, but the bookies are not taking him seriously.

VIDEO: Why smaller parties are getting bigger

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:29
Membership of political parties has been waning in the UK, but some of smaller parties have been bucking the trend.

VIDEO: Ex-MP: Scottish Labour needs rebrand

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:04
Dennis Canavan says the Labour Party in Scotland need to become independent if it wants to be worthy of support.

VIDEO: Man runs into PM on way to the gym

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:41
A man is "briefly" arrested after bumping into the Prime Minister as he ran to the gym.

EU hits back over UK payment refusal

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:43
David Cameron will "open up a Pandora's box" if he refuses to pay an extra £1.7bn demanded from the UK by the European Union, a senior official warns.

AUDIO: Fallon ‘misspoke’ on immigration

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:30
Defence secretary Michael Fallon says he "misspoke" when warning some areas of the UK could be "swamped" by immigrants.

David Cameron in feminist T-shirt row

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:16
David Cameron is criticised after apparently refusing to wear "This is what a feminist looks like" T-shirt.

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