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Miliband admits Scottish 'challenge'

Ed Miliband admits that Labour is facing a "big challenge" in Scotland as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.

End 'robotic' drugs policy - MPs

MPs back calls for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse - as a row breaks out at the top of the coalition over drugs laws.

UK migrant rescue stance criticised

A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".

Abuse inquiry appointment 'chaotic'

A letter from the new head of the inquiry into child abuse over concerns about her suitability for the role "raises more questions than it answers", say MPs.

Murphy vows to end 'losing Labour'

Jim Murphy has said he wants to end Labour's "losing streak" in Scotland as a new poll suggests the party is on track to lose almost all of its seats in to the SNP.

New strike by NHS staff announced

NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

UK can be sued over rendition case

A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.

Postal votes 'arrived too late'

More than 50,000 postal votes arrived too late to count in this year's European Parliamentary elections, it emerges.

UKIP MEP slams 'equality Nazis'

The gay UKIP MEP David Coburn has said supporters of same-sex marriage are "equality Nazis".

Sickness benefit cuts 'considered'

Papers seen by the BBC suggest cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance are being contemplated but ministers say it is not policy.

Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure'

Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

Legal challenge to probation reforms

A legal challenge to government plans to privatise some probation services in England and Wales is launched by the probation officers' union Napo.

Wait for train seats 'unacceptable'

Passengers should not have to stand for more than 20 minutes during a journey says rail minister Clare Perry, but admits this is "not always achieved".

Rochester by-election candidates

A by-election is being held in the constituency of Rochester and Strood, Kent, on 20 November.

Hold heads high, Lib Dems urged

Nick Clegg tells Lib Dems to be proud of their record at next year's election - and unveils new mental health treatment targets in his big party conference speech.

Now what for the Liberal Democrats?

Nick Clegg has delivered his final conference speech before the general election. What do the Lib Dems do next?

Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'

David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech.

Analysis: Primary colours

David Cameron's speech was a confident attempt to seize large chunks of Labour's traditional territory, Ben Wright says.

Miliband £2.5bn pledge 'to save NHS'

Ed Miliband tells the Labour conference he wants to recruit 36,000 NHS doctors, nurses and other health staff - partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms and expensive homes.

Did Miliband get the Downing St job?

Ed Miliband said the next eight months is a job interview. So how did he do with his party conference presentation?

UKIP promises income tax cuts

The UK Independence Party proposes cutting income tax from 40p to 35p for people earning up to £55,000 at the party's conference.

Second Tory MP defects to UKIP

Mark Reckless becomes the second Tory MP to defect to UKIP, announcing his decision on the eve of the Conservative party conference.

Greens call for £10 minimum wage

The Green Party of England and Wales is calling for the minimum wage to rise to £10 an hour by 2020, as leader Natalie Bennett addresses their annual conference.

Will Green Party ideas grab attention?

In the crowded political arena, are the Green Party's ideas for radically changing the economy enough to win votes, Chris Mason asks.

Hart: US 'wants to help' in NI talks

US envoy says America remains "disproportionately interested" in Northern Ireland and compares the complexity of the Belfast talks to previous nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.

Introduction

A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

NHS finding it 'difficult to cope'

The NHS in Scotland is finding it "increasingly difficult to cope", according to the public spending watchdog.

Introduction

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

Airport boss aims to 'add airlines'

The new managing director of Cardiff Airport says she is determined to reverse the decline in passenger numbers by attracting more airlines.

Introduction

A guide to the National Assembly for Wales.


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