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.
Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.
Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.
A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.
The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.
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.
19 December 2014
It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.
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