Lib Dems lift Rennard suspension

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says the "party has changed" after Lord Rennard has his membership restored and disciplinary measures are dropped.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 11:05 am

Warning issued over oil predictions

A leading oil industry figure says the Scottish government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 11:04 am

PM condemns journalist's beheading

The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 10:57 am

DWP defends staff referendum advice

A Whitehall department denies advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 8:56 am

Cancer target missed for six years

A target requiring all urgent cancer patients in Wales to begin treatment within 62 days has now been missed for six years, the latest figures show.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 8:18 am

AUDIO: Rennard accuser on party 'fudge'

One of the women who accused Lord Rennard of harassment said she is "flabbergasted but really not that surprised" that his membership suspension has been lifted.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 5:57 am

Expenses fraud probe MEP in clear

A former Conservative MEP who was accused of expenses fraud faces no further action, police say.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 2:39 am

Mental health care 'in dark ages'

Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 2:09 am

Cut Scottish spending, poll told

Almost half of voters in Wales think public spending in Scotland should be cut if Scots vote to remain in the UK, according to a new survey.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 1:12 am

How would 'Yes' vote affect Northern Ireland?

How would N Ireland's Orangmen feel if Scotland left the union?

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 10:17 pm

Police question Galloway over speech

MP George Galloway was interviewed by police after saying Bradford had been "declared an Israel-free zone", the BBC understands

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 3:24 pm

VIDEO: Farage offers couple 'mega apology'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has visited a Thai constituent to apologise after one of the party's MEPs described her as a "ting tong from somewhere".

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 11:53 am

Bercow's choice set to get top job

Speaker John Bercow's choice to take over as Parliament's most senior official is almost certain to get the job, despite protests.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 11:41 am

Rail fares to rise 3.5% for 2015

Regulated rail fares in England will rise by 3.5% in January 2015, following the release of inflation figures for July.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 10:55 am

Former minister Sam Foster dies

The former Northern Ireland environment minister, Ulster Unionist Sam Foster, has died at the age of 82.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 10:08 am

Prison system is 'not in crisis'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says the prison service is facing challenges with violence, suicides and staff shortages, but insists it is not in crisis.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 9:50 am

VIDEO: Grayling: Prison crisis reports 'wrong'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling dismisses reports that the prison system in England and Wales is in crisis, in an interview with the BBC

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 6:03 am

AUDIO: Vaz slams e-Borders 'catastrophe'

The chair of the Commons Home Affairs committee has described as "catastrophic" a £224m fine imposed on the Home Office after it illegally ended a contract with a major US corporation brought in to modernise the UK's immigration controls.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 5:53 am

AUDIO: MP's concern at BBC Cliff raid 'tip-off'

A former policing minister says he is concerned that the BBC knew in advance about the recent raid on one of Sir Cliff Richard's homes in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 4:33 am

Thatcher's chemistry with Hodgkin

How Thatcher stayed friends with her leftwing teacher

Posted by on 18 August 2014 | 11:08 pm

VIDEO: UKIP MEP sorry for 'ting tong' remark

Comments made by a UKIP MEP about a Thai constituent have been described as outrageous by the woman's husband.

Posted by on 18 August 2014 | 5:43 pm

VIDEO: PM: 'Age ratings for online videos'

Online music videos could soon be given cinema-style age ratings, in a move to protect children from inappropriate content, David Cameron has said.

Posted by on 18 August 2014 | 4:37 pm

VIDEO: Timelapse shows 'Big Ben' clock cleaning

Cleaners have been working on the clock face on the Elizabeth Tower for the first time in since 2010.

Posted by on 18 August 2014 | 5:34 am

Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England?

The echo of self-rule that is being heard 400 miles from Scotland

Posted by on 17 August 2014 | 6:57 pm

Can Boris-style mayors boost north?

There are calls for the government to look again at the prospect of introducing directly elected mayors to more English cities.

Posted by on 15 August 2014 | 10:56 am