Mitchell called PCs plebs, judge says

A judge says he is satisfied former chief whip Andrew Mitchell called police officers "plebs" as he rules against the MP in a High Court libel action.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 12:53 pm

British state 'not fit for purpose'

Labour MP John Cruddas - the party's policy coordinator - says the British state is "no longer fit for purpose" and is in need of radical reform.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 12:04 pm

Salmond rebuked over data claim

Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond is rebuked for claiming Westminster politicians interfered with the reporting of economic data.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 11:44 am

Offer Wales same powers, says Jones

First Minister Carwyn Jones says Wales should be offered powers recommended for Scotland, but the Welsh secretary warns against a "knee-jerk" response to a Scottish devolution report.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 11:25 am

Scotland 'should set income tax'

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 11:00 am

Ex-GCHQ boss warns on phone biometrics

Mobile devices using biometric data should be better designed to protect security and privacy, according to the former head of GCHQ, Sir John Adye.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 10:59 am

Why did the word 'pleb' matter?

He swore but the p-word claim was the damaging one

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 9:57 am

Andrew Mitchell's life and career

A look at the life and career of Andrew Mitchell

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 9:52 am

PM accused of immigration 'failure'

David Cameron faces criticism from his rival party leaders as new figures show net migration has gone up since the 2010 election.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 9:27 am

VIDEO: Why stand as an election no-hoper?

Most by-elections have a raft of candidates who have no hope of winning, or even saving their deposit.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 9:14 am

VIDEO: The longest-serving political leader in UK

Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 8:43 am

UK net migration rises to 260,000

The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 8:41 am

East Coast rail winner announced

A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 8:06 am

English votes plans 'by Christmas'

Proposals for English MPs to vote on English laws are to be brought in before Christmas, David Cameron says.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 6:04 am

VIDEO: Why can't comedians show MPs in action?

The strict guidelines that cover broadcasting Parliamentary footage need to be updated says John O'Farrell.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 4:24 am

What Scotland deal would mean for UK

Scottish deal is risky but leaders cannot backtrack on promises

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 3:48 am

'Give 16-year-olds voting rights'

Former Conservative minister Damian Green says the government should consider giving 16 and 17-year olds the right to vote.

Posted by on 27 November 2014 | 2:58 am

US planes 'may use British carrier'

The Royal Navy wants to ask American squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, because of delays to the introduction of Britain’s new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight learns.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 10:24 pm

Somerset flood spend 'driven by politics', say experts

Was Somerset Levels action driven by politics or science?

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:56 pm

Syrian refugee resettlement 'woeful'

The government has made a "woefully inadequate" attempt to resettle Syrian refugees, high-profile charities and aid agencies say, as new immigration figures are released.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:48 pm

Weak academies under 'close watch'

Schools minister David Laws says academies need better supervision and calls for an end to "open warfare" between politicians and teachers.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:33 pm

Concerns over terror exclusion plans

The UK's reviewer of terrorism laws raises concerns about plans to exclude people from the UK if they go abroad to fight with extremist groups.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:15 pm

Lansley 'nominated for top UN role'

David Cameron reportedly suggests former health secretary Andrew Lansley to fill one of the UN's most influential roles.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:13 pm

Fall in council tax collection rates

Nearly £750m in council tax went unpaid last year, as collection rates fall for only the second time.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 8:11 pm

'Plebgate' trial: 'Powerful evidence'

The QC for former chief whip Andrew Mitchell in the so-called plebgate trial has said there was "powerful evidence" the MP did not use the term.

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 3:55 pm