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Leaders react to Ian Paisley's death

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:27
Political and religious leaders react to the death of former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister Ian Paisley, as his family tell of their heartbreak.

UK to refund Chinese tourist visas

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:27
Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK.

UKIP's 'caravan campaign' in Clacton

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:11
Robin Brant finds UKIP's secret weapon in Clacton by-election

Sillars warns of 'day of reckoning'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:30
A former deputy leader of the SNP warns "scaremongering" business leaders they face a "day of reckoning" if Scotland votes for independence.

VIDEO: House of Commons

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:49
Conservative MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

Boris to face three in Uxbridge vote

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:02
Boris Johnson and three other Tories are vying to become the 2015 general election candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

VIDEO: Glasgow East Enders' referendum views

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:18
Glasgow is a key battleground for the independence referendum canvassers despite its history as a Labour stronghold.

Shop bosses in new 'Yes' vote warning

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:25
The BBC learns that leading retailers are planning a joint warning of higher business costs should Scotland become independent as the war of words heats up.

Design contest opens for new £1 coin

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:17
The public is being invited to take part in a design competition to create an image which will be emblazoned onto a new £1 coin, the Treasury says.

Farage urges Queen to back No vote

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:55
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he thinks the Queen should intervene in the Scottish independence referendum.

DUP's Ian Paisley dies aged 88

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:46
Former first minister and Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley has died, his wife Eileen says. He was 88 years old.

Bill for MPs' expenses tops £100m

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:45
The taxpayer-funded bill for MPs' expenses and costs is now higher than it was before the 2009 scandal, figures show.

Obituary: Ian Paisley

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:44
The life and political career of Ian Paisley

VIDEO: English Democrats: The SNP for England?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:40
English Democrats chairman Robin Tilbrook is asked if his party is the closest thing to an English SNP.

No confidence in Pembs council chief

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:32
A no confidence motion is passed against Pembrokeshire council's chief executive following a row over unlawful payments to senior officers.

Scrap police commissioners - Clegg

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:18
Nick Clegg calls for Police and Crime Commissioners, introduced by the coalition government in 2012, to be ditched.

MPs urge clarity over Syria strikes

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:55
MPs demand clarity from ministers on Syria air strikes amid claims of differences between the Foreign Office and No 10.

Northern England waits on Scot vote

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:52
What border towns make of Scottish referendum

Leaders 'have not discussed' article

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:31
Martin McGuinness says he has not spoken to Peter Robinson since his newspaper article in which he claimed the political institutions in Northern Ireland are not fit for purpose.

Reshuffled minister 'shell-shocked'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:10
One of the ministers dropped from the Welsh cabinet says he was "shell-shocked" to lose his job in Carwyn Jones's reshuffle.

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