Farage sights set on more defections

Nigel Farage says more disaffected MPs could join UKIP if it is successful in the by-election caused by the defection of Tory Douglas Carswell.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:10 pm

New hospital food rules introduced

Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new rules being introduced by the government.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 6:01 pm

VIDEO: Cameron in Scotland ahead of poll

With postal voting under way in the Scottish independence referendum, the debate ahead of the ballot on 18 September is intensifying.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 1:00 pm

'Significant' rise in migration to UK

There has been a "significant" increase in net migration into the UK, which reached 243,000 in the 12 months to March, government statisticians say.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 12:52 pm

Will Clacton's voters opt for UKIP?

Will the seaside seat's greyer voters win UKIP its first MP?

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 12:48 pm

PM: More Holyrood powers 'soon'

The Scottish Parliament would get further powers "soon" if there is a "No" vote to independence, David Cameron has said.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:59 am

Party must stop using Crown symbol

The Cabinet Office has ordered the right-wing party Britain First to remove images of the Royal Crown from its clothing range.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:31 am

Clegg wants to bar militants' return

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he wants to find new ways to stop UK militants who fight in Iraq and Syria returning to Britain.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 10:16 am

Sacking over child protection claims

A senior councillor is sacked from Wrexham council's executive board after making allegations about a child protection team.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 9:21 am

Pro-independence firms hit back

An open letter signed by more than 200 business figures says the case for independence “has been made”.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 7:36 am

VIDEO: Douglas Carswell announcement in full

Watch the full statement as Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to the UK Independence Party. He will stand down as MP for Clacton to seek re-election in a by-election.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 6:43 am

Wright quits Labour but not PCC role

Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 6:07 am

AUDIO: Rotherham abuse 'not ethnicity issue'

A project manager of a human rights organisation said sexual grooming "exists in all communities, not specifically the Pakistani community".

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 5:35 am

'Deeply elitist UK locks out talent'

The UK is "deeply elitist" according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 5:35 am

'Abysmal NI leaders stuck in past'

A senior aide to former US president Bill Clinton accuses Northern Ireland politicians of an "abysmal abdication of leadership".

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 3:04 am

Shaking off the 'kilted straitjacket'

How Scottish national identity shook off its 'kilted straitjacket'

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:13 pm

VIDEO: Independence battle in Labour areas

From the beginning Scottish Independence campaigners have been active in traditional Labour communities trying to persuade people that an independent Scotland would better represent real Labour values, but have they succeeded?

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 4:14 pm

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

The government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 4:01 pm

Brown and Darling in referendum call

Gordon Brown appears alongside his former chancellor Alistair Darling to call on Scottish voters to reject independence.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 11:15 am

UK offers £10m more in aid to Iraq

Justine Greening says the humanitarian situation in Iraq is "deeply worrying" as the UK offers £10m more in aid.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 11:13 am

AUDIO: 'No-one came to see me about abuse'

Rotherham's former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, has told the BBC that "no constituent, no child, no family came to see me" in relation to the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 9:32 am

Bercow 'open' to splitting clerk job

John Bercow, the Speaker, indicates he may be willing to split the role of Commons clerk into two, amid a row with MPs over the job.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:36 am

Nick Clegg 'too quick for own good'

Nick Clegg has "great ability" but is "sometimes too quick for his own good", former Liberal leader Lord Steel says.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:02 am

What Commons Clerk row is all about

What is the row over a new House of Commons Clerk all about?

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 3:59 am

AUDIO: Councillor 'not aware' of child abuse

The deputy leader of Rotherham Council has said he was "not aware of the depth and breath of child exploitation" in the town.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 3:20 am