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Immigration inspector John Vine quits

The independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, who has been highly critical of the immigration system, will step down more than six months early.

Tory MP says Israel tactics 'brutal'

An ex-defence minister condemns Israel's Gaza offensive after a ceasefire fails, as the foreign secretary says both sides must "act proportionately".

Miliband London job claim criticised

Ed Miliband's claim that "four out of five" new jobs in Britain were in London has been questioned by the UK statistics watchdog.

No 10 'meddling in BBC boss search'

David Cameron is accused by former Labour ministers of "interfering" in the search for a new chair of the BBC Trust.

Whistleblowers get rough deal - MPs

The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says.

Town to get £2m after pier blaze

Eastbourne is to get a boost of up to £2m following a fire that left the former arcade on the town's pier a charred shell, Downing Street has said.

DNA project 'to make UK world leader'

A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

Switching broadband is 'too costly'

Tens of thousands of broadband customers in the UK are having to pay "costly" charges to change supplier, Citizens Advice warns.

Tory disquiet over Israel action

Conservative MPs put pressure on David Cameron to take a more robust stance with Israel over its actions in Gaza.

Minister wants end to animal testing

Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

Nato 'unprepared for Russia threat'

Nato is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state by Russia, a group of MPs warns in a report.

Academy trustee is new Ofsted chief

David Hoare, a trustee of a struggling academies chain, is announced by the government as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted.

DUP and Sinn Féin 'make budget deal'

The DUP and Sinn Féin reach agreement over Stormont's quarterly budget after weeks of deadlock, the BBC understands.

Costly rural parcel charges tackled

The UK government unveils new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers living in remote areas.

Campaign targets modern slavery

The government launches the first nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness of people working in slavery in the UK.

Executive backs £78m cuts to budget

Stormont departments, excluding health and education, are to have their budgets cut by £78m as the executive agrees to endorse the June monitoring round.


A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

New school closure rules take effect

New rules on school closures designed to ensure greater transparency and accurate information come into force across Scotland.


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

Legal challenge over M4 relief route

The route chosen for the £1bn M4 relief road south of Newport could be legally challenged by Friends of the Earth Cymru.


A guide to the National Assembly for Wales.

UKIP's changing road to Doncaster

A different UKIP will meet in Doncaster for the party's 21st annual conference.

PCC: By-election or referendum?

Will West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner poll be a by-election or a referendum?

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

Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet

The details of Labour leader Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet following the recent reshuffle.

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