Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged

Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 3:31 am

Higher pay awards 'on the way'

Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 2:29 am

Street light cuts attacked by Labour

Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:44 pm

'Real change' in Scots NHS urged

The chairman of the BMA in Scotland calls for "real change" to ensure the NHS in Scotland is sustainable for future generations.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:04 pm

Villiers' rallying call on NI talks

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 12:31 pm

May targets student visa 'abuse'

Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 11:37 am

Jones confident over independence

The Welsh public have the right to decide what powers they want and what powers the UK should have, Carwyn Jones says.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 9:13 am

May 'could disband child abuse panel'

The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 8:54 am

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 8:45 am

VIDEO: Mandelson: We must be clear on cuts

Former cabinet minister Lord Mandelson says Labour must make the implications of spending cuts clear.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:35 am

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:21 am

More help for ex-forces inmates

Ex-services personnel who are sent to prison in England and Wales will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the government says.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 5:48 am

Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate

Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 4:57 am

VIDEO: Clarke: Stop this 'silly' EU debate

Former Conservative Cabinet minister Ken Clarke talks to the BBC's Andrew Marr about UK membership of the EU.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 4:53 am

VIDEO: Labour 'worried' by ambulance plan

Labour has said the Health Secretary has urgent questions to answer about leaked plans that suggest increasing response times for ambulance crews in England.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 3:38 am

Journalist John Freeman dies at 99

The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 7:49 pm

NI ministers engage in Cameron call

The Northern Ireland first minister and deputy first minister hold a conference call with the prime minister.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 3:58 pm

Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies

Philip Bradbourn, a Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has died, the party announces.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 10:24 am

Migration system 'in intensive care'

A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 8:18 am

Plan to help over-50s get jobs

Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 5:44 am

Farage: Ex-candidate 'rough diamond'

Nigel Farage says an ex-UKIP candidate recorded using a derogatory word about Chinese people had been "loutish" but suggests "a lot of people would use" the term.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:18 am

Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist says.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:44 am

A classic Westminster scandal

Mandy Rice-Davies and a scandal that wounded a prime minister

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:39 am

VIDEO: Reckless: Tory 'sour grapes' court action

A UKIP MP accuses his former political colleagues of sour grapes for threatening court action over election costs.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:05 am

VIDEO: Top of the 2014 political pops

The top five most read stories on the BBC News web site's political pages in 2014 are revealed in a countdown.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:37 am