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Campaigners demand curbs on above-inflation fare increases, as ticket prices rise nearly four times faster than wages.
Former director general rubbishes claims independent nation would receive same TV, radio and online output.
Respect MP’s comments and visit by Israeli ambassador cause Muslim leader to accuse both of creating disharmony in the city.
Tribunal finds flaws in process by which UK Border Agency decided to scrap contract with US-based Raytheon in 2010.
PM claimed majority of new jobs created last year were taken by UK nationals, but no official figures for new jobs are collected.
Shadow education secretary will promise to end Tories’ free schools and stop ever larger class sizes if Labour win election.
Public accounts committee says that categorising the scheme as ‘reset’ may have been to prevent scrutiny and hide problems.
No campaign leads by 55% to 45% excluding undecideds, and first minister accused of scaremongering over healthcare.
Dr Sarah Wollaston condemns use of police stations for under-18s who are having a breakdown rather than taking them to specialist medical units.
Election manifesto promise will ensure that ‘people from all backgrounds and income groups’ can visit.
Bishop of Leeds slams failure over Islamist extremism in scathing letter backed by the archbishop of Canterbury.
Opinium/Observer poll shows more backing for direct involvement in air attacks than for arming western allies on the ground.
Conservatives and Labour both take hit as anti-European party gets boost from leader’s decision to stand in 2015 election.
The situation in Northern Iraq remains deeply worrying and we condemn the barbaric attacks waged by ISIL terrorists across the region. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced across the region and in need of aid supplies.
Rights groups claim that top-level talks were part of bid to redact link to Diego Garcia from report.
Former prime minister, promoting his book My Scotland, Our Britain, calls independence ‘worst possible outcome for Scotland’.
Former Lib Dem leader endorses government’s decision to arm Kurdish forces and calls on Britain and US to act as ‘handmaidens to Kurdish independence’.
Outbreak affects 156 people in Hampshire, London, West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside, and linked to cases in France and Austria.
Ukip leader puts himself forward for nomination in time for 2015 general election.
Public’s willingness to pay extra tax to help the NHS reaches highest level in over a decade.
Former attorney general says ruling on prisoner voting by European court of human rights offers way out from split.
Half of patients left with complications from cataract operations carried out by Vanguard for Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton.
Stability of sterling could be threatened if Scotland votes for independence, while Treasury only preparing for no vote.
Leading economist Ronald MacDonald says SNP’s plans to use the pound after a yes vote are fundamentally flawed.
Liberal Democrats raise £1.2m while SNP gets £1.1m ahead of the 2015 general election.
David Cameron reaffirms Britain’s military role in helping Kurds against Isis jihadists but rules out calls to recall parliament early.
Norman Baker will say in a letter to Jeremy Hunt that cannabis would help relieve symptoms of a range of medical conditions.
Devonport is obvious alternative to Faslane for Britain’s nuclear missiles, says Rusi thinktank, despite risk of ‘accidental ignition’.
Nigel Farage’s party raises £1.4m, but £1m comes from a singler donor the Eurosceptic former Tory backer Paul Sykes.
The party has also signalled it would seek to increase the amount people can earn before paying National Insurance.
Crisis meeting agrees to fly Jordanian military trucks to Kurdish forces and send helicopters to airlift besieged refugees.
First minister says yes campaign ‘has work to do’ as polls show support stalling after TV debate with Alistair Darling.
Early supporter of David Cameron leaves Foreign Office and will step down as MP, but not over Gaza, says No 10.
However, European court of human rights upholds its earlier ruling that a blanket ban on UK prisoners voting is unlawful.
Poll comes after resignation of Sayeeda Warsi over Gaza and Boris Johnson’s return-to-parliament pledge.
Africa minister Mark Simmonds says he cannot claim enough parliamentary expenses to house his family in Westminster.
Conservatives’ policies on examinations have turned back clock on social mobility, claims shadow education secretary.
London mayor is choice of voters and party supporters to lead Tories if David Cameron stands down.
Work and pensions secretary will say in a speech on Monday that his tough benefits policies are reducing unemployment.
First minister says any plan other than sterling union would be second best and offers national debt-Bank of England deal.
Former foreign secretary accepts responsibility for leaving many people in the UK unwilling to support other military interventions.
Lady Warsi attacks the Conservative leadership for failing to understand minorities and those who did not go to public school.
Doubts about Ed Miliband’s leadership are said to be driving an exodus in the runup to next year’s general election.
Ukip leader set to declare bid for constituency where recent poll showed party has four-point lead over Tories and Labour.
Labour will seek mandate to Salmond veto plan, says leader adding threat to default on share of UK debt is ‘extraordinary’.
Plans will see post picked up by delivery staff during their rounds – typically between 9am and 3pm.
Labour claims 13 peers created by the prime minister during term of office have donated more than £22m to party coffers.
Committee says continuing provision of universal postal service could require significant additional cost to taxpayer or consumer.
Pressure groups claim to have ‘uncovered a pattern of abuse’ by the bank, which says it does not discriminate on race or religion.
Councils say risky recreational use of nitrous oxide has become widespread, with councils seizing canisters in large numbers.
Committee raises concerns that Scotland could in the short term be unable to join a sterling currency union or adopt euro.
Respect MP said in speech that Israeli goods, services, tourists an academics were not welcome as a result of Gaza offensive.
First minister indicates independent Scotland would use sterling even if formal sterling zone was rejected by UK government.
TTIP being negotiated between EU and US threatens to make privatisation of UK health services permanent, say critics.
Nation must ‘chart new vision’ after vote on independence as unionist parties suggest further devolution regardless of result.
Deputy PM says Britain should suspend military equipment sales if Gaza violence resumes.
Andrew Mitchell says answers are needed about Israeli operations in Gaza, after attacks on UN facilities and schools.
London mayor tells PM he must win negotiation on migration, agriculture, social and environment laws and scrap closer union.
First TV debate on independence sees bitter exchanges between campaign leaders over currency union and taxes.
Lady Warsi gave an interview to Channel 4 News defending her decision to quit the government and urging other ministers to speak out about their concerns.
London mayor says people should not be scared about leaving bloc if there is no improvement in the way it functions.
Chancellor meets leaders of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield over ‘northern powerhouse’ plans.
Bruce Carr refuses to evaluate rules around strikes and trade disputes after policy announcements left his views ‘meaningless’.
Prime minister speaks after Labour leader urged government to condemn both Israel’s military action and Hamas’s rocket attacks.
David Cameron is only guest allowed to write personal tribute, while other politicians wreaths feature only their titles.
Proposals to share people’s details resemble Labour’s 2009 plans which critics said could ‘wipe out privacy at a stroke’.
Chris Grayling defends Cameron’s neutral stance after Labour leader blasts PM’s ‘silence’ over plight of Palestinians.
London mayor believes David Cameron needs to be ‘bold’ in demanding a better deal for the UK to remain within the EU.
Downing Street ‘shocked’ at comments by Labour leader, who says government should be clear that Israel’s actions are wrong.
Support for both Labour and Conservatives rises at the expense of the Liberal Democrats and Ukip.
Nicola Sturgeon says record haul of medals has imbued voters with confidence and momentum is with yes campaign.
The project was initiated by the autocratic Azeri president, Ilham Aliyev.
Deputy PM says face-to-face discussions are only way to stop conflict that has killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and 59 Israelis.
PM’s letter to Nato calls to review its relationship with Russia and reassure allies in eastern Europe in wake of Ukraine crisis.
PM and chancellor accused of paying special attention to marginal seats as they visit Eastbourne’s fire ravaged pier.
Senior MPs and advisers call on Cameron and Miliband to speak out more forcefully against killing of Palestinian civilians.
Tory support for Ukip pact narrowly trails that for another deal with Lib Dems in event of hung parliament next year.
Mark Harper’s former cleaner was taken from her room at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre shortly after midnight.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham says reforms have led to structural confusion and creeping privatisation.
London mayor dodges questions on BBC’s World at One about whether he plans to re-enter parliament and combine two jobs.
Critics say it was improper and in bad taste for prime minister to pose for photos in Slough home after raid by border officials.
Prime minister says Hamas must stop firing rockets at Israel and there must be an unconditional, humanitarian truce.
PM’s threat comes as Labour and Ukip say crackdown on benefits for new arrivals from EU is not tough enough.
House of Lords committee condemns regulations being drawn up by European commission and recent ECJ ruling.
Staff begin series of walkouts over closures and job cuts in action timed to coincide with key tax lodgement deadlines.
Lutfur Rahman delivered blow by ruling, which paves way for full court hearing into alleged fraud during election process.
Senior Labour MP says more needs to be done about fact that two women a week are killed by their partners or ex-partners.
MP has been under pressure to resign and will face constituents at local party meeting on Thursday to discuss his future.
New arrivals will only be able to claim welfare for three months under plans designed to head off criticism of immigration failures.
Drilling will be allowed in national parks in ‘exceptional circumstances’ but ministers retain power to veto plans.
Party says new analysis of OECD figures show an independent Scotland would be 14th richest country in the economic bloc.
Watchdog examining whether charity set up to lead David Cameron’s initiative used funds to pay debts of linked company.
Latest accounts reveal more than 38,000 ‘exit packages’ agreed since reforms began, with some 4,000 later rehired.
The policy could form one point of future agreement for a coalition with Labour.
Fifa has ruled out calls for boycott after the shooting down of MH17, insisting the tournament could be ‘a force for good’.
George Osborne hails ‘hard work of British people’ as services sector leads way in dragging country out of recession.
Prime minister promises to look into issue in the wake of Hollie Gazzard’s murder by her ex-boyfriend.
Lib Dems drop investigation into whether his failure to apologise for sex harassment claims brought party into disrepute.
Conservatives take action after dean of St Edmundsbury cathedral writes to David Ruffley saying he should step down.
Court dismisses attempt by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, serving life sentences for murder, to overturn voting ban.
Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have sexually abused young boys at Knowl View School in Rochdale.
Health secretary intervenes after Guardian investigation reveals strict hygiene standards can be disregarded in practice.
Lubov Chernukhin made winning bid of £160,000 at Tory fundraising auction for match with mayor and David Cameron.
Bradford East MP says he condemns violence on both sides of conflict but will continue to speak out for rights of Palestinians.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan announces reforms after Peter Clarke’s damning report on Muslim extremist infiltration.
New education secretary also says she will look at allowing Ofsted to inspect academies in wake of scandal.
The MP tweeted: ‘the big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes’.
Independent report shows systematic failings in the way benefit sanctions are communicated and processed.
New education secretary delivers a blow to hopes she will slow down the government’s most controversial changes.
Ed Miliband outlines plan to scrap Railways Act and reverse privatisation that puts reform at heart of election manifesto.
Guidance for police issued as airports and border crossings put on alert for girls at risk of being taken out of UK for cutting.
Former environment secretary suggests he was removed from cabinet because of ‘powerful, self-serving’ environmental lobby.
Foreign secretary says status quo ‘not in Britain’s interest’ and he would vote to leave without renegotiation of UK relationship.
Vince Cable antagonises Tory coalition partners after calling off privatisation of student loans worth an estimated £12bn.
‘For too long there has been a reluctance to face up to the implications of what is happening,’ British PM says.
Former Tory chancellor expresses fears over productivity and warns against triumphalism over ‘a bit of cyclical upswing’.
Ed Miliband unveils plans for rail network in his keynote speech to party’s national policy forum in Milton Keynes.
South Wales police look into allegations against late Labour peer dating back to 1960s and 1970s.
Prime minister speaks after chairing Cobra meeting on Malaysia Airlines jet brought down over Ukraine on Thursday.
Assisted dying bill would allow doctors to prescribe lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.
Graça Machel, Bono and Tutu urge prime minister to take lead on UN climate change deal and millennium development goals.
Independent investigation sparked by ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds officials failed to act for fear of being accused of Islamophobia.
Reported plan risks UK’s expulsion from the Council of Europe and could even threaten Britain’s membership of EU.
Tory manifesto to include 50% ballot hurdle, in what would be the biggest crackdown on strikes since the Thatcher era.
Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory ‘differentiation strategy’.
Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine endorses article warning David Cameron would regret ‘shabby day’s work’.
Deputy PM meets with activists over concerns Chinese plans could jeopardise Joint Declaration on Hong Kong handover.
Detective told chief constable in 1970 there was prima facie evidence of guilt but DPP advised against prosecution.
PM speaks of worry about legalising euthanasia, but says he would be very happy for Commons to debate issue.
European parliament president, Martin Schulz, says he cannot imagine Lord Hill getting majority in European parliament.
Education secretary demoted to role of chief whip in reshuffle that promoted women at all levels of government.
Twenty-seven leading figures write to every peer urging them to back Lord Falconer’s private members bill on assisted dying.
Whitehall mandarins ‘undermined’ by sudden announcement after whispering campaign and amid reshuffle.
Parliament approves timetable motion for Drip bill as government accepts Labour amendments to strengthen safeguards.
Former Luxembourg prime minister wins 422 votes from 751-seat parliament as focus moves to filling other top EU roles.
Home secretary insists necessity for foreign firms to comply with UK warrants has always been assumed ‘in government circles’.
Home secretary accused of ‘due diligence’ failings before former judge’s appointment as chair of inquiry into child sex abuse.
Strategists have concluded that the PM needs to promote women and soften the party’s image before the next election.
More than two-thirds is owed to HM Revenue and Customs, with the Department for Work and Pensions and justice ministry accounting for most of the rest.
BMA speaks out against health secretary’s imminent move, saying it could damage patients’ trust in their GP practices.
Funding pot includes extra £800m of investment in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package.