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Bidding starts for fracking licences

The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas - using the controversial process fracking - will begin later, the government announces.

Government 'turns back' on victims

Ministers are "turning their backs" on victims of domestic violence, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will say in a speech later.

Strip Russia of World Cup - Clegg

Russia should lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup as part of sanctions following the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, Nick Clegg says.

Ed Miliband calls for public PMQs

The public should be able to question the prime minister in Westminster every week, just as MPs do, Labour leader Ed Miliband tells the BBC.

Abuse victims 'need more trial help'

Historical sexual abuse court cases could be "rebalanced" to make it "a little fairer" for victims to give evidence, the director of public prosecutions in England and Wales says.

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'

A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax".

UK economy back at pre-crisis level

The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.

Miliband: I can't beat PM on image

Ed Miliband hits back at critics of his image and leadership style, insisting voters want "big ideas" not photo opportunities.

Appoint abuse inquiry head, May urged

The government must find someone to lead its probe into historical child abuse allegations immediately, a children's charity says.

'Alarming' increase in sham weddings

Bogus marriages have become an "industry of deceit" that is increasing at an "alarming rate", the Home Affairs select committee warns.

'No question' over Red Arrows smoke

There was "no question" the Red Arrows would change the colour of smoke trails to represent the Scottish flag at the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.

Cameron accused of Tyne Tees mix-up

Prime Minister David Cameron appears to think he is speaking to people on Tyneside during an interview with BBC Tees.

'Politicians protected by cover-up'

A former assistant director of social services at Lambeth council claims there was a cover-up to protect politicians after allegations of abuse at a children's home.

Astrology can aid healthcare - MP

Tory MP David Tredinnick speaks of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into mainstream medicine.

Sexism 'puts women off sports'

A report by MPs suggests a lack of female participation in sport has long-term health and social consequences.

Greens want tax on wealth over £3m

The Green Party unveils plans to impose a wealth tax on people with assets of more than £3m.

Government 'loses £700m NHS IT case'

Taxpayers could be hit with a £700m bill after the government reportedly loses a legal fight with Fujitsu.

Sinn Féin confident on budget plans

Sinn Féin says it is now confident agreement can be reached quickly on the latest quarterly budget, known as June monitoring.

Introduction

A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

Universities 'must elect more women'

Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.

Introduction

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

Fears over special needs pupils

Children with special needs in Wales will be worse off than those in England if a new law is passed, a leading education solicitor claims.

Introduction

A guide to the National Assembly for Wales.

Count down to war: 100 years on

Were politics really that much different 100 years ago, as Britain faced going to war?

I sat in the seat of the F35 fighter

How a UK family firm has played its part in the £233bn F35 fighter plane contract.

Political editors across England

Political analysis from around England

VIDEO: House of Commons

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

Q&A: Beginner's guide to PM's speech

David Cameron delivers his long-awaited speech on the UK's relations with the EU. Here's an at-a-glance guide.

Links to UK political websites

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

Who's who: Cameron's cabinet

Here's a full list of who is doing what job in David Cameron's new cabinet


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