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18 December 2014 Last updated at 18:53

English council funds 'cut by 1.8%'Waste collection

English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says.


House of CommonsCost of MPs' advisers hits £8.4m

The cost of ministers' special advisers increases more than £1m in the past year, taking it to £8.4m, official figures show.

House of Commons with a BBC projection on itFriday marks election campaign start

The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.

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Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

UKIP - power struggle, not soap opera

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.

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James Landale Article written by James Landale James Landale Deputy political editor

Autumn Statement: Osborne's political balancing act

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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Mark D'Arcy Article written by Mark D'Arcy Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent

Long time, no See...

There could be rather a long queue forming, once the bill to allow women bishops to sit in their Lordships' House is passed.

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