Independent MLA David McClarty dies

The independent unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member David McClarty has died after an illness.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 7:32 am

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod

David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 6:30 am

AUDIO: Axelrod 'fully in tune with Labour'

Labour's Douglas Alexander discusses the appointment of David Axelrod, Barack Obama's chief election strategist, to advise the party on its 2015 election campaign.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 5:42 am

VIDEO: PMQs 'not different for women'

Former politician Ann Widdecombe has defended women MPs participating during Prime Minister's Questions.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 2:57 am

'Small farms' group stages protest

A group backing small-scale farmers urges ministers to commit to policies that will give them better support.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 10:50 pm

10 sartorial moments that tell us a lot about politics

10 sartorial moments that reveal the superficiality of politics

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 7:33 pm

VIDEO: French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP

The leader of the French far right-wing Front National party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms".

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 5:42 pm

French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP

The leader of the right-wing Front National party in France says she would welcome collaboration with UKIP in fighting against the EU "with open arms".

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 3:57 pm

Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow

Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 12:53 pm

Lucas cleared over fracking protest

Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants are cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 12:17 pm

Pensioners could get death estimate

Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 11:31 am

Bill Walker loses conviction appeal

Ex-MSP Bill Walker loses a bid to overturn his convictions for assaulting a former wife during a catalogue of domestic abuse.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 7:38 am

The welfare state: Charity that wounds?

Ed Miliband thinks welfare state can hurt those it helps

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 7:01 am

Bye bye Dany

Green leader Cohn-Bendit bows out after 20 years of EU politics

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 5:27 am

VIDEO: Plan to reveal life expectancy

Pensioners could soon be told how long they are likely to live under a government plan to help them manage their money better.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 1:52 am

Rural centre 'flawed from outset'

A new report criticises the way millions of pounds of public money was given to a heritage centre that closed three years after it opened.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 12:49 am

Spy leaks 'criminally irresponsible'

Ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden risked the lives of secret agents by leaking documents containing their names, Conservative MP Liam Fox says.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 9:44 pm

'No evidence' in Tower Hamlets probe

There is "no new credible evidence of criminality" in files covering an east London borough, to suspect fraud, the Met Police says.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 9:39 pm

Don't axe 2021 census, MPs advise

It is "too soon" to decide whether to scrap the national census, and the 2021 survey should go ahead, MPs advise.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 9:28 pm

How MPs play the Exchequer namechecker

How MPs get saluted by the chancellor in the Budget

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 7:09 pm

Veteran MP Mitchell to step down

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell says he will step down at the next general election.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 3:42 pm

Latest opinion polls

See how political parties are doing in the latest opinion surveys

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 12:13 pm

Coulson 'heard Blunkett voicemails'

Ex-editor Andy Coulson reveals in court for the first time he did listen to private voicemail messages relating to former home secretary David Blunkett.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 11:20 am

PM: Be confident about Christianity

Britons should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country", Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 10:45 am

Conservatives mind the ethnic gap

Tory MPs fear the party is not doing enough to woo ethnic voters

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 8:08 am