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AUDIO: Rotherham abuse 'not ethnicity issue'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:35
A project manager of a human rights organisation said sexual grooming "exists in all communities, not specifically the Pakistani community".

'Significant' rise in migration to UK

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:50
There has been a "statistically significant" increase in net migration into the UK - which reached 243,000 in the year up to March, figures show.

'Abysmal NI leaders stuck in past'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:04
A senior aide to former US president Bill Clinton accuses Northern Ireland politicians of an "abysmal abdication of leadership".

Countdown to Newport Nato summit

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:49
There is one week to go before world leaders descend on Wales for the 2014 Nato summit at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort.

Former senator to meet NI parties

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:26
The former US Senator Gary Hart will meet representatives of the five Stormont Executive parties later as part of a fact-finding trip to Ireland.

Pro-independence firms hit back

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:07
An open letter signed by more than 200 business figures says the case for independence “has been made”.

Shaking off the 'kilted straitjacket'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:13
How Scottish national identity shook off its 'kilted straitjacket'

'Deeply elitist UK locks out talent'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:43
The UK is "deeply elitist" according to a new analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

PM: UK 'supports million Scots jobs'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:55
The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs.

Wright quits Labour but not PCC role

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:48
Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse.

VIDEO: Independence battle in Labour areas

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:14
From the beginning Scottish Independence campaigners have been active in traditional Labour communities trying to persuade people that an independent Scotland would better represent real Labour values, but have they succeeded?

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:01
The government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.

UK offers £10m more in aid to Iraq

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:13
Justine Greening says the humanitarian situation in Iraq is "deeply worrying" as the UK offers £10m more in aid.

Sturgeon predicts Shetland oil boom

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:51
Shetland is on the cusp of a "second oil boom", the deputy first minister predicts during a referendum campaign visit to the islands.

AUDIO: 'No-one came to see me about abuse'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:32
Rotherham's former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, has told the BBC that "no constituent, no child, no family came to see me" in relation to the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham.

Wales to host investment conference

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:41
Wales will host an international investment conference after the Nato summit, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable announces.

Nick Clegg 'too quick for own good'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:02
Nick Clegg has "great ability" but is "sometimes too quick for his own good", former Liberal leader Lord Steel says.

Missing people 'guardians' proposed

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:48
Families of missing people could take control of their absent relative's financial affairs under new powers proposed by the government.

Brown and Darling in referendum call

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:43
Gordon Brown appears alongside his former chancellor Alistair Darling to call on Scottish voters to reject independence.

Met chief backs 'new control orders'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:36
Measures similar to control orders should be re-introduced to tackle the threat from Britons who fight with militants in Syria and Iraq, the UK's most senior police officer has said.