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NI schools 'failing young people'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:58
Some young people attending vocational training courses have been failed by their schools, the body representing colleges in Northern Ireland tells MLAs.

VIDEO: Sturgeon: 'Enormous privilege' to lead SNP

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:47
Nicola Sturgeon says it will be "an enormous privilege" to succeed Alex Salmond as SNP leader and Scottish first minister.

UKIP 'key seat' candidate removed

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:43
A candidate in one of UKIP's foremost target seats for the next general election is removed after admitting six animal welfare charges.

UK unemployment falls below 2m

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:22
UK unemployment fell by 154,000 in the three months to the end of August to 1.97 million, the first time it has been below two million since 2008, official figures show.

VIDEO: '62% back private role in NHS care'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:07
Reform's Andrew Haldenby says other countries are "baffled" by the UK attitude on a private sector role in the NHS.

Wales unemployment rate falls again

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:18
The unemployment rate in Wales falls again from 6.7% to 6.5% for the period from June to August.

Campaigners unveil child poverty map

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:24
Campaigners publish a child poverty map of the UK, which they say shows "shocking levels of hardship" across the country.

Ed Miliband facing glare of scrutiny

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:26
Why Ed Miliband is facing the glare of scrutiny at PM's questions

'New union mindset' call by Jones

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:23
First Minister Carwyn Jones will call for a "new union mindset" that gives governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland more of a say in UK affairs.

Blair wants religious respect lessons

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:35
A global drive is needed to tackle extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says.

Theresa May seeks police bail limit

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:05
Limits could be put on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be kept on police bailed in England and Wales, Theresa May indicates.

A guide to swapping sides

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:57
How life turn out for those MPs and celebs who 'defect'

Paterson in 'lights out' warning

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:33
The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary is expected to say.

Deadline for SNP job approaches

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:15
The deadline for nominations to be the new SNP leader approaches, with Nicola Sturgeon the only candidate to succeed Alex Salmond.

Call for Trafalgar Square smoking ban

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:02
Smoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented.

Lords approves women bishops change

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:02
The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes a change allowing women bishops as it is approved by the House of Lords.

UK troops could train anti-IS rebels

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 19:44
The government is considering sending UK troops to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Leaders call for funding agreement

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:07
The four party leaders in the Welsh assembly call for an agreement on UK funding for Wales by January.

Westminster hears call to bar NI MPs

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:15
Controversial plans to ban MPs from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from Westminster are debated in the House of Commons, as the Conservatives propose only English MPs should be allowed to vote on English laws.

Banks treat peers 'like pariahs'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:10
Members of the House of Lords complain they are treated like "deposed dictators or political pariahs" when they try to open bank accounts.

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