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Macron says 'special' UK deal possible

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:49:00 GMT

It might fall between the single market and a trade agreement, the French president tells the BBC.

Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:13:49 GMT

Campaigners welcome government decision not to appeal High Court ruling on mental health eligibility.

James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:33:57 GMT

The former Northern Ireland secretary stood down in January because of his health.

Mary Lou McDonald set to be new Sinn Féin president

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:05:10 GMT

Mary Lou McDonald says no-one will fill the shoes of Gerry Adams, but that she has brought her own.

'No specific plans' for Boris Johnson's Channel bridge

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:36:12 GMT

The foreign secretary reportedly suggested a "fixed link" between UK and France to Emmanuel Macron.

UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:56:16 GMT

Jonathan Arnott says Henry Bolton is not right for the job but attacks those "jockeying" to replace him.

Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:23:20 GMT

The meeting comes after the US president cancelled plans for a trip to London in February.

Labour's candidates for general election target seats revealed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:58:22 GMT

In the wake of the 2017 general election, Labour sets its sights on government.

John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:09:02 GMT

Victims will legally fight the decision to release rapist John Worboys but the government will not.

Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:12:22 GMT

Short-term lets, like Airbnb, are big business in the UK - but neighbours are increasingly fed up.

Farage: Assange meeting claims 'are nonsense'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:40:08 GMT

A US intelligence committee is told the ex-UKIP leader may have passed "data" to Wikileaks founder.

MoD 'exposed financially' by carrier and jet programme

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:47:26 GMT

The Carrier Strike programme must be delivered on budget, MPs say, or other projects will suffer.

Smiling Macron and May pose for selfie

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:14:23 GMT

UK PM tweets a photo of her and the French President with guests at the V&A after an Anglo-French summit.

Music venues hail 'seismic victory' in housing noise battle

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:32:18 GMT

Developers, rather than venues, will have to deal with complaints from new residents, say ministers.

Calais migrants: UK and France sign new treaty

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:20:56 GMT

But French president indicates he will not bow to demands to include financial services in Brexit deal.

Carillion plan dubbed 'sticking plaster'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:54:12 GMT

The FSB small business organisation rejects government claims that banks' support will provide a lifeline.

Stormont: Fresh NI devolution talks announced

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:34:10 GMT

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley says there is an opportunity to make progress at Stormont.

Nus Ghani is first Muslim woman minister to speak in Commons

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:07:36 GMT

MP Nus Ghani becomes the first Muslim woman minister to speak in the House of Commons.

Margaret Thatcher set to lose out in Parliament Square statue battle

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:21:15 GMT

A monument to Britain's first female prime minister opposite Parliament looks set to be rejected.

PFI deals 'costing taxpayers billions'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:39:22 GMT

Financing schools and hospitals privately is much more expensive than a public alternative, report finds.

Justine Greening hits out at Heathrow expansion plans

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:12 GMT

But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says airport expansion is "hugely important" for the UK.

Homes plan back-firing, say councils

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:25:35 GMT

A scheme to convert offices into homes lets developers "duck" providing affordable housing, says the LGA.

Parents shelling out for 'free' nursery scheme

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:22:15 GMT

The government's 30-hour 'free' nursery scheme is being subsidised by parents, a survey suggests.

2 Sisters chicken supplier 'sent MPs Christmas biscuits'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:04:27 GMT

The chicken supplier is being investigated for alleged breaches of food safety and hygiene concerns.

Prime Minister's Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:37:31 GMT

Theresa May clashed with Jeremy Corbyn over Carillion - here are the key bits of their exchanges.

Sir Desmond Swayne 'embarrassed' by Commons snooze

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:42:17 GMT

Sir Desmond Swayne says he is "annoyed" with himself for nodding off, blaming a long day.

Facebook to reconsider claims of Russian interference in Brexit vote

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:11:39 GMT

The firm is to look again at whether Russian groups used social media to try to influence the 2016 poll.

Jeremy Corbyn urges end to outsourcing 'racket'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:58:36 GMT

Labour's leader says firms like Carillion must be "shown the door", during PM's questions clashes.

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara to resume duties

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:41:46 GMT

The MP was suspended by Labour while it investigates offensive comments he is alleged to have made.

Justine Greening: Next generation of MPs could 'improve or undo' Brexit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:01:41 GMT

Ex-minister Justine Greening says Brexit won't be "sustainable" if it doesn't work for young people.

Bonuses for Carillion bosses are blocked

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:24:01 GMT

Former executives at the failed construction firm will not get severance payments or bonuses.

East of England ambulance delays: 20 patients have died, says MP

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:40:59 GMT

The deaths occurred when a trust did not move into its highest emergency level, Clive Lewis MP says.

Former MP Stewart Jackson will not seek Peterborough re-election

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:59:18 GMT

Brexit campaigner Stewart Jackson had been MP for Peterborough for 12 years.

Mogg rule?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:25:25 GMT

Who is in the influential European Research Group, now chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg?


Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:53:15 GMT

Billions are spent every year on private sector contracts, but how are the decisions made?

Copy cats

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:40:19 GMT

A new campaign aims to make lessons about intellectual property infringement fun.

Entente cordiale?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:32:04 GMT

BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar looks at the significance of the UK-France summit against the backdrop of Brexit.

Daily Politics debate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:45:24 GMT

Why are MPs more likely to be male, highly educated and live in the south of England?

Summit agenda

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:06:34 GMT

Before the annual UK-France summit, the BBC's security correspondent assesses co-operation on key areas in the run-up to Brexit.

Power shift?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:47:25 GMT

What Momentum's election wins might mean for the future of the Labour Party.

Carillion's woes

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:52:40 GMT

The construction firm is to be liquidated after its huge financial troubles finally overwhelmed it.

Warning system?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:25:50 GMT

What plans are there for alerting the British public in the unlikely event of an attack?

Litter bug

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:56:20 GMT

The government has proposed new measures to tackle fly-tipping. Is it a growing problem?

How green are the Tories?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:15:04 GMT

Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.

Benefits decisions

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:58:54 GMT

What are the key issues she will need to address?

Farage's about turn?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:55:52 GMT

Nigel Farage suggested he was coming round to the idea of a second EU referendum - what is going on?

Tempting treats

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:09:27 GMT

Brexiteers present Michel Barnier with cheese, gin and the complete works of Shakespeare.

Scholarly replies

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:41:42 GMT

The replies universities sent to Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris's letter about their Brexit research were more varied than the initial outcry suggested.

Who's in charge?

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:27:14 GMT

Twelve months after its power-sharing executive split, how are people there faring?

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:16:18 GMT

A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union after the 2016 referendum.

Party conferences 2017

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:16:23 GMT

The latest on the major political parties in the autumn conference season.

Minister: Utter lie to say Tories don't believe in NHS

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:33:32 GMT

Minister Margot James says it is "utterly untrue" to suggest the government wants to privatise the NHS.

Child refugees at Calais aiming to leave France for UK

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:09:08 GMT

After President Macron's visit to the UK, the British government makes a renewed pledge to allow more child refugees to come to Britain.

Momentum Barbara Ntumy on Corbyn's 'exciting new vision'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:11:04 GMT

Taking to the potter's wheel, Momentum Barbara Ntumy looks at Jeremy Corbyn's "exciting new vision".

Irish message on Brexit and EU's future

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:06:28 GMT

BBC Europe correspondent Adam Fleming looks at Brexit messages in the Irish PM's speech.

RBS chairman: PFI has been a fraud

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:13:44 GMT

Royal Bank of Scotland chairman Howard Davies calls the private finance initiative a "fraud".

Rosena Allin-Khan on Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:18:23 GMT

An MP describes meeting people who had been gang-raped, seen their husbands murdered and their babies thrown on to a fire.