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Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape

Police say the allegations relate to four separate incidents alleged to have taken place over six months. Details...

New homes to get 'automatic' permission in England planning shake-up

The housing secretary says “unlocking land” for development will create thousands of jobs. Details...

Botham and PM's brother to join House of Lords

Ex-England cricketer and Jo Johnson get peerages, while Theresa May's husband receives a knighthood. Details...

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson postpones lockdown easing in England

Face coverings will be needed in more places, but shielding and workplace advice remain the same. Details...

Craig Whittaker: MP defends saying some Muslims not taking covid seriously

Craig Whittaker is accused of racism by Labour after saying some Muslims are not taking covid seriously. Details...

Scottish Conservatives: Douglas Ross to stand for leader

The Moray MP is widely seen as the favourite to succeed Jackson Carlaw, who quit the role on Thursday. Details...

Judicial review: Labour query independence of government probe

A former Conservative minister is to chair a panel looking into potential reforms to the system. Details...

Coronavirus analysis: We're now at the limit of easing lockdown

We can go no further without risking cases of the coronavirus surging again. Details...

SNP's Joanna Cherry rules out Holyrood bid after rule change

MP pulls out of the race to be Edinburgh Central candidate after "unreasonable" party rule change. Details...

Ruth Davidson to join House of Lords when Holyrood term ends

The former Scottish Conservative leader says she will take up her seat when she steps down from Holyrood next year. Details...

Crispin Odey charged with an indecent assault in 1998

High-profile investor Crispin Odey said he denies the charge he assaulted a woman in 1998. Details...

Universal Credit failing millions of people, say peers

Lords blame the design of the benefit payment for "soaring rent arrears and use of food banks". Details...

Coronavirus: Visiting people at home banned in parts of northern England

Millions face new lockdown rules prohibiting separate households from meeting each other at their homes. Details...

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill attend North South Ministerial Council meeting

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill attend the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin. Details...

Leicester lockdown: Pubs and restaurants to reopen

Some restrictions of the month-long local lockdown in the city will be lifted from Monday. Details...

Coronavirus: 'Chancellor must protect' jobs of those shielding

Charities are calling on the chancellor to protect the jobs of workers who have been shielding. Details...

Coronavirus in Wales: Up to 30 can meet outdoors and gyms to reopen

Children under 11 will no longer have to keep 2m from one another or from adults. Details...

Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon rebuked over England virus comparison

The first minister repeatedly said the coronavirus rate in England was five times higher than Scotland. Details...

UK and China relationship 'seriously poisoned', says Beijing's ambassador

Beijing's ambassador to London says rows over Huawei, Hong Kong and Uighur Muslims have damaged relations. Details...

Coronavirus: Luxembourg taken off UK travel exemption list

It is the second country after Spain to be removed and passengers from there must isolate for 14 days. Details...

Charlie Elphicke trial: Ex-MP guilty of sexual assaults

Charlie Elphicke, the former Tory MP for Dover, is convicted of assaulting two women a decade apart. Details...

PM's child poverty claims 'inaccurate,' says statistics watchdog

Labour urges Boris Johnson to "correct the record" after criticism from the statistics authority. Details...

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle chooses whisky to sell

Sir Lindsay Hoyle's "fruity" single-malt Scotch will retail for between £40 and £50 a bottle. Details...

'More Zoom medicine needed' in NHS says Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says unless there is a clinical reason not to, patients should have tele-consultations with their GPs. Details...

More than 4,000 extra police recruited in England and Wales

But overall officer numbers in England and Wales are still more than 15,000 below the 2010 level. Details...

Government rejects calls to make 'spiralling' pet theft a crime

The justice secretary says pet theft is already illegal after 250,000 people call for a new law. Details...

Arlene Foster: Senior DUP figures warned her over Stormont bill

Arlene Foster's authority is in the spotlight after controversial legislation was passed. Details...

Coronavirus: Virus isolation period extended from seven to 10 days

The change for those who test positive, or show symptoms, comes amid fears of a resurgence. Details...

Coronavirus: Labour warns of 'perfect storm' for working parents

Labour raises concerns about rising costs, but the government points to "significant" support for the sector. Details...

'Because I'm white, do I not mention these things?'

Tory MP Craig Whittaker says BAME communities need to be helped to ensure there are no excess deaths. Details...

Boris Johnson postpones planned lockdown easing in England

Boris Johnson says casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks must remain closed for two more weeks. Details...

Keir Starmer: Government communication 'extremely poor'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he supports the governments moves to restrict parts of northern England. Details...

Lockdown tightened in parts of northern England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock explains why the decision has been taken to tighten restrictions. Details...

Boris Johnson: Virus 'isn't all over'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that other countries face "a resurgence of the virus". Details...

Liberal Democrats: Is targeting the 'yellow halo' key to party's success?

As voting gets under way in their latest leadership contest, new research offers hope to the Lib Dems. Details...

Jackson Carlaw: From one-time car salesman to party leader

Having resigned just six months after taking the job, who is former Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw? Details...

Obesity: Have 20 years of policies had any effect?

There's been two decades of efforts to tackle obesity. Has anything worked? Details...

Coronavirus: Why isn't the UK testing travellers on arrival?

Some countries offer a choice - get tested or go into quarantine. Should the UK? Details...

Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?

Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away. Details...

Boris Johnson: After one year in power, how is the PM doing?

Boris Johnson has been in power for a year, is he delivering on the goals set out in his first speech? Details...

Russia report: What would tougher spy laws mean for UK?

A look at the likely challenges of introducing new laws to tackle the threat of Russian interference. Details...

Russia report: The unanswered questions

What are the questions still to be answered following the MPs' report on Russia? Details...

'Fighting to prove we're British'

Three people struggling to secure their lives in the UK after learning they're not legally British. Details...

'I couldn't count how many times I went missing'

The BBC has uncovered evidence of children disappearing from local authority care for long periods. Details...

Who will be the Lib Dems’ next leader?

Sir Ed Davey and Layla Moran are both vying for the top spot. Details...

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

Museums, galleries and cinemas are added to the places where face coverings sgould be worn in England. Details...

Coronavirus: Can Scotland close the border with England?

What would travel restrictions between Scotland and the rest of the UK actually mean in practice? Details...

Rishi Sunak: The 'whatever it takes' chancellor

He's been dubbed "Dishy Rishi" and "an economic Jedi" but who is the man steering the UK economy? Details...



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