article 31 October 2014 UK
Fiona Woolf under pressure to quit abuse inquiry

Victims' groups want Fiona Woolf to step down from the child abuse inquiry because of her links with Lord Brittan. She was appointed to lead the investigation after Lady Butler-Sloss resigned.

article 31 October 2014 Politics
Euro banknots
Britain's EU bill rises to 11.3bn - and Brussels wants more

Official statistics show the UK's net contribution to the EU rose by 2.7bn to 11.3bn in 2013. The government says it will not hand over a further 1.7bn Brussels expects to be paid by 1 December.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Do young black people stand a chance in Westminster?

A prominent black member of the Liberal Democrats resigns from the party, citing an alleged incident of "appalling racism", which he said was the last straw.

article 31 October 2014 World
Who's in charge in Burkina Faso after violent protests?

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigns, an army spokesman tells demonstrators in the capital, according to TV channel Burkina24.

post 30 October 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog The economic state of mind driving people towards Ukip

Great Yarmouth, flooded with holidaymakers in the half-term sun, is mainly white working class and increasingly Ukip. This is one of the UK Independence Party's target seats.

post 30 October 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog No state immunity for Jack Straw, MI5 and MI6 in rendition case

The government suffers a significant defeat in attempts to avoid a trial over allegations of complicity in the imprisonment, rendition and torture of a Libyan couple in 2004.

article 30 October 2014 UK
National sperm bank 'on a mission to change sperm donation'

With a nationwide donor shortage and increasing demand for sperm, the directors of the new national sperm bank in Birmingham say it will "revolutionise access to donor sperm".

article 30 October 2014 UK, Portugal
Punishing drug abuse 'does not deter users'
Punishing drug abuse 'does not deter users'

The Conservatives and Lib Dems clash on drugs policy as a new Home Office reports finds that criminalising abuse has no impact.

post 29 October 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Tories to rush arrest warrant vote for fear of worse

The government's decided to bring forward the planned date for the vote on when it tries to re-join European Arrest Warrant.