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  • Powys council leader David Jones loses no confidence vote

    January 10, 2014 12:35 PM 33

    The leader of Powys council has been ousted from his post after a vote of no confidence at a special meeting in Llandrindod Wells. David Jones was toppled from his job as council leader by 40 votes to 32 by councillors on Friday. The political unrest is set against a background of the authority looking to make £20m savings in its budget for the next financial

  • Labour hints at shift on EU free movement policy

    January 10, 2014 12:16 PM 23

    Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has suggested Labour may be interested in restricting free movement within the European Union for workers who do not have the firm offer of a job. Speaking on BBC One's Question Time, Mr Umunna did not elaborate on the idea, but said he was already discussing it with "partners" from other countries. It comes after

  • Tributes pour in for British woman killed in a snowmobile accident in Canada that her boyfriend survived

    January 10, 2014 11:17 AM 28

    Charlotte Mei Ling Lee, 31, from Bristol, was with her boyfriend, Domynique Tamaire, 30, who was also injured in the incident in Quebec. Ms Lee battled to stay alive for five days, but on Thursday her family made the heart-breaking decision to have her life-support machine turned off. One from Bon Rayment read: ‘I don't know what to say to you Dom as no words

  • £3.5m announced for childcare workforce

    January 10, 2014 10:15 AM 36

    Finance Secretary John Swinney announced £3.5m of additional support to equip the childcare workforce to grow by around 2,000 jobs during the debate on Scotland's economy on 8 January 2014. The money will be provided in 2014-15 to meet the extra demand for childcare places following the government's decision to spend £59 million to extend childcare provision

  • Climber who fell 800ft feels 'lucky to be alive'

    January 10, 2014 9:03 AM 33

    9 January 2014 Last updated at 18:27 GMT A hillwalker who survived after plunging 800ft from a cliff edge in the Cairngorms has said he feels lucky to be alive. Ollie Daniel, 25, fell while walking in the Coire Sputan Dearg area on Sunday. He was airlifted to safety and treated for injuries which included nine broken ribs. Mr Daniel, from Cambridge

  • Helicopter crash: Tributes paid to US personnel

    January 10, 2014 8:16 AM 43

    9 January 2014 Last updated at 10:11 GMT Tributes have been paid to the four American servicemen who were killed when their helicopter came down during a training exercise on the north Norfolk coast.

  • Labour slams 'botched privatisation' of Royal Mail

    January 10, 2014 5:52 AM 38

    - last updated Thu 9 Jan 2014 Labour has accused the Government of a "botched privatisation" over its sale of Royal Mail, claiming taxpayers have been short-changed by hundreds of millions of pounds. When the sell off took place in October, Business Secretary Vince Cable said the move should not be judged until at least three months' time. Tomorrow marks

  • Why Ian Paisley is still box office - five and a half years after stepping down from politics

    January 10, 2014 12:02 AM 40

    It may be five and a half years since Ian Paisley stood down as Stormont's first minister, but there is no doubt the "Big Man" is still box office. Watching him in conversation with Eamonn Mallie for Monday night's BBC documentary "Paisley: Genesis to Revelation" remains spell binding, as the ex-DUP leader treats us to his full range from charming humour

  • Compulsory microchipping of dogs and owner restrictions proposed

    January 9, 2014 11:01 PM 30

    Glasgow Provan MSP Paul Martin led a member's debate at Holyrood on the effectiveness of dog controls and said the attack on eight-year-old Broagan McCuaig by two American bulldogs in his constituency in October reinforced the need for tougher laws. Joining is free. Once you're in, you can access all sorts of good stuff (see panel below). We'll

  • Northern Ireland: Richard Haass says parties must justify decision not to endorse proposals

    January 9, 2014 10:17 PM 37

    Northern Ireland's past, flags and parading The chair of talks aimed at resolving parades, flags and the past has said the two unionist parties and Alliance have to justify their decisions not to fully endorse his proposed agreement. Sinn Féin and the SDLP have endorsed the proposals, but the DUP, UUP and Alliance have rejected them. Speaking to the BBC's