Illegal attempts to enter UK on rise
Migrants made about 100 attempts a day to get into the UK illegally this summer, official figures suggest.

Tory aides suspended from poll list
The Conservatives suspend two of Theresa May's advisers from a list of 2015 general election candidates amid a row over campaigning.

Women could join British infantry
Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016, subject to a review into female soldiers.

A&E has 'worst week' in England
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.

Disabled 'missing out' on scheme
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, a group of MPs say.

Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70
Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist says.

Deal reached on welfare, sources say
The five executive parties at Stormont reach agreement on proposals to break the deadlock over welfare reform, the BBC learns.

Minister in maternity leave first
Scotland's children's minister becomes the first member of the Holyrood government to take maternity leave.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

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

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

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

Women bishops fast-tracked to Lords
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.

Libraries 'must emulate coffee shops'
Public libraries in England need to become more like coffee shops if they are to survive, a government-commissioned report concludes.

Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'
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.

PM 'did not leave NI for rave party'
Downing Street rejects suggestions that the prime minister left talks in Northern Ireland early last week so he could attend his wife's "Ibiza-style rave" birthday party.

A tour of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

North Sea oil fears 'too dramatic'
A leading figure in the UK's oil industry, Sir Ian Wood, tells the BBC warnings the industry is close to collapse are overstating the problem.

BBC Democracy Live takes you on a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

Police stretched to 'danger' levels
Brutal police budget cuts are stretching policing to dangerous levels, the Gwent police and crime commissioner warns.

A guide to the National Assembly for Wales.

Funding cuts begin in West Midlands
As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.

New cuts warning from East Midlands
Police chiefs and council leaders are calling for help in the form of extra government grants as budget cuts bite.

Political editors across England
Political analysis from around England

VIDEO: Transport Committee
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

Links to UK political websites
Links to political parties and other useful websites covering UK politics.

Who's who: Cameron's cabinet
Here's a full list of who is doing what job in David Cameron's new cabinet

Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet
The details of Labour leader Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet following the recent reshuffle.

European Parliaments online
Links to other Parliamentary broadcasters

VIDEO: Political photographs of 2014
The Press Association's chief political photographer on the stories behind some of his memorable images.

VIDEO: Lithuania: Four currencies in 25 years
Lithuania is the latest nation about to join the euro currency as it prepares to swap over from litas.

VIDEO: Top of the 2014 political pops
The top five most read stories on the BBC News web site's political pages in 2014 are revealed in a countdown.

VIDEO: Advice for potential London mayors
Advice for potential candidates to be the next mayor of London from previous Tory candidate Stephen Norris.

VIDEO: What do Germans think of migration?
Germany has more immigrants than the UK and also has divided opinions on migrants heading there.

VIDEO: Tory MP: How to save the NHS 5%
Traditional medicines could be used instead of drugs to save money, says Conservative MP David Tredinnick MP.

VIDEO: European political week in 60 seconds
Highlights of the European political week include a new EU budget and road tolls for foreigners on German roads.

VIDEO: Grayling defends probation contracts
New probation contracts worth £450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained
Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?

What did UK know about CIA practices?
What did UK know about CIA practices?

Will Scotland get reheated Blairism?
Mark Mardell on Scottish Labour's new leader

Headline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference
George Osborne's EU payment plan makes little difference

England-only votes: the options
The options and what it will mean for the rest of the UK

Manifesto watch: Where parties stand
What we know parties will be promising at next year's election

Political opinion polls since May 2012
See how parties have been doing in opinion surveys