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Last debate at Holyrood before vote

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:26
Members of the Scottish parliament debate the country's future, ahead of the referendum on independence.

NI cuts would risk 'patient safety'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:01
Northern Ireland's health minister says he will not implement "damaging" financial cuts that would "destroy our health service" and "compromise "patient safety".

VIDEO: Major's tribute to NI peace partner

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:23
Former British premier John Major pays tribute to the role in the Northern Ireland peace process of the Republic of Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81.

VIDEO: Salmond defends oil predictions

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:27
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has defended the Scottish government's estimates of oil reserves, after a warning yesterday from a leading industry figure.

Public finances show £239m deficit

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:40
Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Osborne under fire over Co-op deal

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29
MPs demand details from Chancellor about possible political pressure over failed Co-op plan to buy 623 Lloyds branches.

Wales' GCSE pupils close UK gap

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:30
Tens of thousands of pupils receive their GCSE results with Wales continuing to close the gap with the rest of the UK in achieving top grades.

GCSE grades rise, but fall in English

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:29
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to exams

VIDEO: Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:28
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81. BBC News NI takes a look back at his life.

Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:12
Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence

Labour to 'remove' bad energy firms

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:35
Labour pledges to give a new regulator the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.

Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:25
Ireland's former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, dies aged 81.

Obituary: Albert Reynolds

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:04
Self-made businessman who became Ireland's prime minister

West Midlands PCC election under way

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:03
Voting in the by-election for a new West Midlands police and crime commissioner is under way.

UKIP outlines strategy on taxation

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:15
UKIP sets out details of the taxation strategy that will be part of its manifesto in next year's general election.

What shapes the UK response to IS?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:06
Ben Wright on why UK response to Syria is influenced by Iraq war

MSPs tackle police firearms policy

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:09
The Scottish parliament's Justice Committee is to look at the routine arming of specialist police officers.

Think tank recommends keeping pound

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:07
An independent Scotland should use the pound without the UK's permission, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.

VIDEO: How Scotsman pub became St George

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:27
Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?

What's the PM's next move on Iraq?

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:00
David Cameron discusses his next moves on Iraq