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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

English votes plans 'by Christmas'

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

Fall in council tax collection rates

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Government 'doing 30% too much'

The new chief executive of the civil service says the government has attempted "too much transformative change" at once.

'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.

Clegg backs EU migrant benefit curbs

Nick Clegg outlines his proposals to curb benefits to European Union migrants, during a meeting with his German counterpart in Berlin.

Minister warns of major job losses

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton warns of "considerable" job losses in the public sector, but cannot put an exact figure on cuts through voluntary redundancy.


A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

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.


BBC Democracy Live takes you on a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

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.


A guide to the National Assembly for Wales.

Farage blasts MP Turner over recall

UKIP's Nigel Farage is calling on Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner to face the electorate over expenses allegations.

Bookies expect more MPs for UKIP

UKIP's latest by-election victory has prompted a flurry of bets on the party securing more MPs at Westminster.

Political editors across England

Political analysis from around England

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

MPs take evidence on flood risk management.

Links to UK political websites

Links to political parties and other useful websites covering UK politics.

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