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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.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton calls on supporters to vote down any attempt to pass wrecking amendment on sensitive issue.
Prime minister expected to promote a number of women, as he moves to project a modern and diverse face of the Tory party.
Many appear to show little interest in understanding principles drawn up in 1995 after ‘sleaze scandals’, committee warns.
Tory activists say disquiet over issues such as HS2 and same-sex marriage have led to membership falling by 10%.
Chief secretary to the Treasury’s letter circulated a day after OBR’s oil and gas revenue projections lowered by a quarter.
Justin Welby had attacked Wonga, but 24 hours later it was revealed that the church had indirect exposure to the lender.
Ford warns young loyalists against ‘ruining their lives’ as unionist activist claims new generation of loyalists is being radicalised.
The service employs 4,500 civil servants and made a surplus of £98.8m in 2012-13.
Osborne, Hague and May set to stay but ‘old lags’ are expected to make way for ‘youthful and modern Tory face’.
One of three reports prepared for Airport Commission highlights commercial and infrastructure concerns over ‘Boris island’.
Legislation aims to shore up powers requiring phone and internet companies to retain and hand over data to security services.
Vince Cable says move would undermine workers’ rights, while Labour scorns millionaire ministers ‘demonising lowest paid’.
Use of fast-track or premium services during Passport Office backlog in the spring soared, new data reveals.
Prime minister branded ‘Bullingdon bully’ by Unite leader over threat to impose turnout threshold and time limit for union ballots.
Next president of European commission says EU needs UK and Westminster can negotiate a ‘recovery of competences’.
Keith Vaz surprised at appointment of peer as senior civil servant admits missing 114 files on abuse ‘probably destroyed’.
Rights groups say claim that records of Diego Garcia flights are missing due to water damage ‘smacks of cover-up’.
Lord Warner says an inquiry he conducted in 1992 showed how children’s homes were targeted by powerful people.
Commons Treasury committee pressed for court approval before HMRC could deduct money from personal bank accounts.
Paul Pugh tells Commons home affairs select committee ‘vast majority’ of applicants are getting passports within four weeks.
Ukip leader proposes salary increase for politicians and cap of £100,000 for GPs as part of party’s upcoming manifesto.
Inquiry may examine security service files and claims the Tory whips’ office in the 1970s may have suppressed allegations.
After reports that woman accused him of raping her in 1967, former home secretary says claim is ‘wholly without foundation’.
Head of civil service admits Treasury is only releasing money for troubled Tory policy after ‘conditional reassurances’ on progress.
The Labour leader wants council finances to be held publicly to account in return for access to central government funding.
Ex-Thatcher minister says politicians’ instincts were to protect ‘the system’ as it emerged that 114 more documents were lost.
Chancellor says government will find authoritative way to get to the truth of alleged paedophilia by politicians in the 1980s.
Education secretary says extremists must be denied a platform in schools and other public institutions.
New legislation being drawn up would severely curb public sector unions’ rights to organise strikes.
Calls for ‘overarching, Hillsborough-style’ inquiry as it emerges that a total of 114 documents are missing from official records.
Ministers pledge to compensate Brussels if Britain pulls out as part of decisions over Europe-wide policing measures.
MP for Manchester Withington criticised for advertising for ‘interns’ but not offering minimum wage.
Tristram Hunt says scheme would boost career structure and improve teacher retention.
Move by prime minister follows pressure to find 1980s dossier of allegations against MPs which was handed to Leon Brittan.
Patrick McLoughlin says salaries fall within budget, despite coalition saying repeatedly public servants should not earn more than David Cameron.
Death in 2006 of British agent Denis Donaldson, ‘political enforcer’ for Gerry Adams, has led to 903 lines of inquiry.
Sale draws fresh anger over Conservatives’ reliance on wealthy private donors and lack of transparency at lucrative events.
Party rally in Perth hears prime minister associate ‘pride and patriotism’ to voting for Scotland to remain united with rest of UK.
National Audit Office finds that HMRC set baseline to gauge performance £1.9bn too low when it began measurement.
Plan for competitive bids drawn up, ruling out proposals that expired franchises be returned automatically to the public sector.
Cross-party committee calls for schools to lose funding if headteachers ignore guidance on female genital mutilation.
Private health firms ready to bid for £1.2bn worth of outsourced services at Staffordshire clinical commissioning group areas.
Lord Brittan says he asked officials to look into claims of Westminster paedophile network, as MPs call for inquiry.
Deputy prime minister’s victory means party will stand by its current policy, to hold a referendum only if UK loses sovereignty.
Public and Commercial Services Union will take part in huge day of action alongside teachers and local government workers.
Prime minister to announce inquiry into why drugs have not emerged to combat ‘one of the biggest threats facing the world’
Lutfur Rahman applies for judicial review of decision to launch auditors’ inquiry, which centres on his administration.
Electoral Commission finds Tower Hamlets count of mayoral, local and European elections in May was poorly resourced.
PM accused of giving ‘masterclass in how to alienate allies and lose argument for Britain’ with threats over Jean-Claude Juncker.
CBI backs plan for decentralised funding for skills and investment as Miliband tries to reassure industry over tax.
Prime minister telephones European Commission president elect to congratulate him on getting the job.
Union attacks ministers for wasting more of taxpayers’ money on IT scheme rendered obsolete by Cabinet Office project.
Former education secretary says prince tried to influence policy, while others say he lobbied on GM and alternative medicine.
General secretary Len McCluskey will mark opening of annual conference by announcing full backing for the party.
Sources claim coalition has dropped plan over fears it could ignite Scottish resentment and create two tiers of MPs.