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More tax and welfare powers will be discussed at Holyrood during a special debate on the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution.
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 and the closure of 150 branches over the next three years.
Councils could struggle to tackle any future outbreak of E. coli food poisoning due to staff cuts, a spending watchdog warns.
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 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 in England and Wales are struggling to cope with the increasing number of elderly prisoners, according to a report by the Prison Reform Trust.
Local authorities in England spend on average just 1.4% of their public health budgets on mental health, the charity Mind says.
Ministers are defeated three times in the Lords over plans to limit the scope for judicial reviews of public decisions.
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says that inter-party talks at Stormont have got off to a positive start.
Immigration must not be seen as a "deep menace", but must be managed "prudently and carefully", Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls rejects Johann Lamont's claim that the UK party treats Scottish Labour like a "branch office".
A member of the public runs into Prime Minister David Cameron as he leaves a meeting in Leeds, in an apparent security breach.
Russell Brand is linked to a campaign to run as London mayor in 2016, but the bookies are not taking him seriously.
Membership of political parties has been waning in the UK, but some of smaller parties have been bucking the trend.
Dennis Canavan says the Labour Party in Scotland need to become independent if it wants to be worthy of support.
A man is "briefly" arrested after bumping into the Prime Minister as he ran to the gym.
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.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon says he "misspoke" when warning some areas of the UK could be "swamped" by immigrants.
David Cameron is criticised after apparently refusing to wear "This is what a feminist looks like" T-shirt.