15 December 2014
All the bizarre news stories that have emerged from UKIP in recent days reflect a power struggle within a party that aspires to hold the balance of power after the next election.
English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says.
The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.
A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.
The time people can be put on police bail could be limited to 28 days, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.
2 December 2014
George Osborne's challenge is simple to explain but hard to achieve. He will want to use the poor borrowing figures to try to convince voters that the recovery is still too fragile to risk any change of government. But he will want to avoid voters concluding that his failure to fix the deficit at the pace he intended means that it might be time to give Labour a go.
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What did UK know about CIA practices?
Mark Mardell on Scottish Labour's new leader
George Osborne's EU payment plan makes little difference
The options and what it will mean for the rest of the UK
What we know parties will be promising at next year's election
See how parties have been doing in opinion surveys
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