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New technology makes it easy to record private comments embarrassing politicians unaware their words would go viral.
Alan Milburn, the government's anti-poverty tsar, says the three largest Westminster parties all need to do more to tackle social mobility.
IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.
The first minister dismisses calls for an inquiry into the running of the NHS in Wales, as the Conservatives claim a survey shows strong public support for the idea.
Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso dismisses Grant Shapps "bureaucrat" jibe.
Can migration be limited without need for new treaty?
All Civil Service employees will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce.
Radiographers across the UK begin a four-hour strike in the latest walkout by NHS staff in an ongoing dispute with the government over pay.
Britain is on the verge of being permanently divided between the "haves and have-nots", according to the government's commission on child poverty and social mobility.
More than 800 jobs are being created in south Wales by a Canadian IT firm and a car parts business which is expanding.
Leaders of Northern Ireland's four main churches are to meet political leaders at Stormont later.
A new law that would allow terminally-ill patients in England and Wales to be given untested medicines moves a step closer after receiving government backing.
The outgoing European Commission president is to call on pro-European politicians in the UK to make a more positive case for staying in the EU.
Less than a quarter of people trust their MP to represent them, but the overwhelming majority of politicians believe they are trusted, surveys suggest.
The UK economy will grow by 2.4% next year, well below the 3.1% growth expected this year, forecasting group EY Item Club says.
Male and female civil servants will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to announce.
Family and colleagues paid tribute to the former first minister of Northern Ireland, Dr Ian Paisley at his memorial service which was held in Belfast's Ulster Hall on Sunday.
Labour will force a Commons vote on the future of Welfare Minister Lord Freud over his comments on disabled workers.
Former first minister Ian Paisley "cast an influential shadow over three generations", guests at a memorial service in Belfast are told.
The Conservatives deny they are behind "negative" phone calls about UKIP's Rochester and Strood by-election candidate.