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Nick Robinson, Political editor

Nick Robinson Political editor

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What's the PM's next move on Iraq?

20 August 2014

There have been all too many acts of barbarism in Iraq and Syria in recent years.

What makes this dreadful act stand out from the rest is the fact that the murderer is almost certainly a British citizen and the victim is not just a journalist who sought to highlight suffering in the Middle East but a citizen of Britain's closest ally - the United States.

The fact that the crime was performed in front of a camera and then distributed worldwide is proof, as far as the government is concerned, that it was not just an act of terror but also one that, its perpetrators hope, will inspire other young men to follow this example.

With the intelligence services estimating that 200 Britons are part of the forces supporting the so-called "Islamic State" it is that possibility which is now the focus of the government's concerns.

At a meeting today the prime minister asked the heads of the police, the intelligence agencies and the armed forces whether there was any power they now needed.

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Russia: how tough a response?

Russian president Vladimir Putin
Members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle have been targeted by existing sanctions

The rhetoric could scarcely sound tougher but will the reality come close to matching it?

David Cameron, writing in yesterday's Sunday Times. said that "for too long there has been a reluctance on the part of too many European countries to face up to the implications of what is happening in eastern Ukraine."

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Labour plan to part renationalise rail network

Labour will soon unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part renationalisation of the rail network.

Public and not-for-profit companies would be allowed to run train services as well as private firms.

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Cameron sets his sights on human rights court

European Court of Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights is based in Strasbourg

Who will rid me of this troublesome court?

That's the question David Cameron badly wants an answer to before the next election.

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Michael Gove - Down but not out

The recent strike
Michael Gove's name featured on lots of placards at last week's strikes

It is no exaggeration to say that many teachers will be celebrating the cabinet reshuffle tonight.

"Gove has gone" they will shout as they pour themselves another glass. Which is why, of course, the education secretary had to go.

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Reshuffle: Who will be the winners?

Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond is tipped to be the next foreign secretary

On Monday the losers learnt their fate.

Now we will discover who are the winners in a reshuffle made more dramatic and more wide-ranging by the decision of William Hague to quit the post he has filled for four years.

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Miliband lobbies for meeting with Obama

US President Barack Obama
Mr Obama has met Ed Miliband before - but not at the White House

How do you look more prime ministerial?

That's a question that faces any leader of the opposition. One answer is for people to see him doing the things which prime ministers do - like meeting the President of the United States.

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Emergency phone and internet data storage law to be brought in

Emergency legislation will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use.

Ministers say it is necessary so police and security services can access the data they need after a legal ruling which declared existing powers invalid.

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Labour - working with or against business?

Shopping centre in Birmingham

Labour is promising to give more power and more money to cities outside London and the regions that surround them.

It is one part of a series of policies designed to mend what the party is calling the "fractured economy" symbolised by one stark fact - eight out of 10 new private sector jobs created in the past four years have been created in London. (see update below about the dispute over these figures)

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About Nick

Nick started blogging about politics for the BBC in 2001 when he was one of the earliest mainstream journalists in the UK to adopt the format.

He has been in his current role since 2005.

Before he was political editor, he did the same job at ITV News, before which he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24, deputy editor of Panorama and a presenter on BBC Radio 5 live.

He began his time at the BBC behind the microphone, starting as a trainee producer in 1986 on Brass Tacks, Newsround and Crimewatch.

Based at Westminster, he has particular responsibility for serving the flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, he attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

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