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UK 'not deporting enough criminals'

The UK's spending watchdog criticises ministers for failing to deport more foreign national offenders - saying performance has barely improved over eight years.

Whitehall in confusion, MPs warn

Taxpayers are getting poorer value for money from government projects because of "confusion" over decisions, MPs warn.

Clegg targets teachers' workload

Teachers in England are being asked to examine how they spend their working day, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vows to cut down on "pointless paperwork".

Smith Commission to hold first talks

A commission to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament is to hold its first full meeting later.

Inquiry head defends Brittan links

The head of an inquiry into historical sex abuse insists she is not a member of the establishment - and says she wants to "lay to rest" speculation over links with ex-home secretary Lord Brittan.

MPs back 'recall' powers for voters

MPs back plans to allowed themselves to be sacked using a "power of recall" if they are found guilty of serious wrongdoing.

Peerage for immigration campaigner

Immigration campaigner Sir Andrew Green is among several public figures to be nominated for a peerage by David Cameron.

UK spy drones to fly over Syria

The UK will fly unmanned drones over Syria in the battle against Islamic State militants, the government says.

Farage defends Polish MEP alliance

UKIP leader Nigel Farage defends allowing a Polish politician criticised for a comment on hitting women into its grouping in the European Parliament.

5.5m yet to join new voting register

Some 5.5 million voters in England and Wales have yet to be transferred onto a new version of the electoral register.

Elections watchdog fines Farage £200

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is fined £200 by the Electoral Commission, while the Conservative Party forfeits a £28,000 donation.

Clarke: Some Tories should be in UKIP

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke says some of his Eurosceptic Conservative colleagues should be in UKIP.

Public borrowing rises in September

Government borrowing rises in September to £11.8bn, which will limit the government's options in the run-up to next year's election economists say.

'Rapid deterioration' in jail safety

There has been a rapid deterioration in the state of jails in England and Wales with cracks in the system of widening, the chief prison of inspector warns.

Former Australian PM Whitlam dies

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.

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.

Kincora move 'disappoints' Robinson

First Minister Peter Robinson says he is disappointed a UK-wide inquiry into child sex abuse will not include allegations about Kincora boys home.

Introduction

A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

Plans for 'revenge porn' legislation

Plans for a new law to tackle "revenge pornography" in Scotland are being considered by the Scottish government, the BBC learns.

Introduction

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

'Tissue of lies' over health service

Health Minister Mark Drakeford launches a stinging attack on the Conservatives for telling a "tissue of lies" about the state of the Welsh NHS.


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