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BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon defends response to Calderwood revelations
Scotland's first minister says she is "deeply sorry" for the situation, but stands by her decision-making.

BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus: Closing parks and open spaces in lockdown should be 'last resort'
The communities secretary warns councils to be "judicious" over locking up green spaces.

BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Labour: Ed Miliband returns to Labour shadow cabinet
The former party leader is appointed shadow business secretary by Sir Keir Starmer.

BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson in 'good spirits' in hospital
The prime minister is undergoing "routine tests", 10 days after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Who is Dominic Raab?
A look at the man in line to take over from Boris Johnson, if the PM's coronavirus gets worse.

BBC Politics
Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over virus symptoms
The prime minister is undergoing "routine tests", 10 days after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Scotland's chief medical officer resigns over lockdown trips
Scotland's chief medical officer quits after visiting her second home despite the lockdown rules.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: PM admitted to hospital over virus symptoms
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Labour leadership: Lisa Nandy appointed shadow foreign secretary
New Labour leader Keir Starmer announces his shadow cabinet, with key jobs for Lisa Nandy and Anneliese Dodds.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Public urged to follow 'mission-critical' rules
The health secretary criticised "unbelievable" behaviour after people packed into sunny public parks.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Police warning over medical chief's second home visit
Scotland's chief medical officer has apologised for going to her second home during the lockdown.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Exercise out of the home 'could be banned' if people flout rules
The health secretary warns people must "follow the rules" on staying at home and social distancing.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Key workers 'overlooked and underpaid', says Starmer
The new Labour leader says there will be a "reckoning" after the coronavirus crisis, where the wealthy will be asked to pay more.

BBC Politics
Apr 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Tech firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies
Government will tell social media firms to take down posts more quickly after attacks on masts.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Coronavirus: 'Serious mistakes' made, says Starmer
The new Labour leader also says ministers should publish their "exit strategy" for restrictions.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Coronavirus: Sunny weather lockdown 'being observed so far'
People across the UK appear to be adhering to social distancing rules, minister Michael Gove has said.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Five challenges for new Labour leader
Sir Keir Starmer has a daunting in-tray as he takes over from Jeremy Corbyn at Labour's helm.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

New Labour leader Keir Starmer vows to lead party into 'new era'
The 57-year old MP wins a decisive victory over two rivals and vows to lead party "into new era".

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Starmer's in-tray: Five challenges facing new Labour leader
Sir Keir Starmer has a daunting in-tray as he takes over from Jeremy Corbyn at Labour's helm.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Labour leadership: Sir Keir Starmer's acceptance speech
New Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks of the effect of coronavirus on the UK.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Who is deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner?
Labour's new deputy leader became an MP in 2015 and now holds one of the party's key roles.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Labour leadership winner: Sir Keir Starmer
Who is the man elected as new Labour leader?

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership in two minutes
Labour had never had a leader like Jeremy Corbyn before, here are key moments from his time in charge.

BBC Politics
Apr 04, 2020

Watch: Corbyn's leadership in two minutes
Labour had never had a leader like Jeremy Corbyn before, here are key moments from his time in charge.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Staying home this weekend 'not a request', UK told
People are told to stay at home, despite expected good weather, in honour of two nurses who died.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Labour leadership: Party to announce Jeremy Corbyn's successor
Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy await result of vote to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Zoom 'unsuitable' for government secrets, researchers say
The meeting app used by Cabinet has odd encryption and sends data through China, researchers say.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stays isolated with mild symptoms
Boris Johnson had been due to come out of self-isolation but is continuing to work from home.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Brexit: Spending on UK's final European elections revealed
The Brexit Party outspent the Conservatives and Labour during controversial 2019 poll, figures show.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn's wife says he was 'vilified'
Laura Alvarez speaks of attacks by the media and "his own party" on husband's final day in the job.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Test goal will take 'huge amount of work', says Hancock
The health secretary has promised 100,000 tests a day but there are questions about how it will be achieved.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: RBS says revamped loan scheme will make 'big difference'
The revamped loan fund for ailing firms hit by the lockdown will have an immediate impact, RBS says.

BBC Politics
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Emergency business loan scheme revamped after criticism
Firms have made more than 130,000 loan enquires, but fewer than 1,000 had been approved.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Coronavirus: Questions over how testing pledge will be met
Labour calls for detail on how the government will increase coronavirus testing ten-fold by the end of April.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Government bails out bus firms to keep routes open
A £167m fund will cover the losses of bus companies to keep essential services running for key workers.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Coronavirus: Matt Hancock sets aim of 100,000 tests a day by end of April
Just over 10,000 people were tested in the UK on Wednesday, as coronavirus deaths rose to 2,921.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Labour peer dies 'after contracting coronavirus'
Lord Gordon of Strathblane, founder of Radio Clyde, died aged 83 on Tuesday.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Coronavirus: How feasible is a 'virtual Parliament'?
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle wants the Commons to go digital - but is the UK's Parliament built for it?

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Coronavirus: EU settlement applicants warned to expect delays
The Home Office said new applications would take longer to process because of the coronavirus outbreak.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Labour leadership ballot closes
Either Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy or Sir Keir Starmer will be announced as leader on Saturday.

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Coronavirus: Health experts 'frustrated' by low UK virus testing
Public Health England says coronavirus testing of NHS staff is "nowhere near where we need to get to".

BBC Politics
Apr 02, 2020

Labour leadership: Voting enters final hours
Voters have until 12:00 BST to choose between Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Testing will 'unlock puzzle', PM says
It comes after it was revealed some 2,000 NHS England staff have been tested, out of 1.2 million workers.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson vows more virus tests as UK deaths exceed 2,000
Following criticism, Boris Johnson says the government is "massively increasing" coronavirus testing.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Nearly a million universal credit claims in past two weeks
Officials say the benefit system is coping despite unprecedented demand due to pandemic.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: MSPs pass emergency powers bill
MSPs push new emergency powers to cope with the virus through Holyrood in a single day of debate.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Commons Speaker calls for 'virtual Parliament'
MPs should take part in PMQs and debates via video if they can't return to work, says Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: UK deaths rise to 2,352 amid rush to test medics
Following criticism the government says it plans to test "hundreds of thousands" of NHS workers per day.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: What are the current restrictions and why are they needed?
The new measures will see shops closed and groups dispersed in order to fight coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronovirus: Renters threatened with eviction 'should stay put'
Charities fear people in England and Wales are being forced out of their homes, despite a ban on evictions.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Renters threatened with eviction 'should stay put'
Charities fear people in England and Wales are being forced out of their homes, despite a ban on evictions.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: David Cameron's tutor Prof Peter Sinclair dies
Prof Peter Sinclair taught the future prime minister at Brasenose College in the 1980s.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Dr Phillip Lee: UK coronavirus reaction 'beggars belief'
A GP and former MP says the UK government reaction to coronavirus makes it "a lot harder for ourselves".

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Premier League clubs in 'moral vacuum' and players should sacrifice salary - politicians
Premier League clubs are living in a "moral vacuum" and players should be first to sacrifice salaries during the coronavirus pandemic, say politicians.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Ex-Crewe MP Laura Smith fights credit impact
Laura Smith, who is unemployed, says people's credit scores should not be affected by the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus in Scotland: Ministers drop plan for more trials without juries
Proposals to hold more trials without juries during the coronavirus outbreak are dropped by the Scottish government.

BBC Politics
Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus: Hospitals urged to use lab space to test NHS staff
The advice comes as the government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Crisis 'has paused Whitehall backbiting'
But a union boss questions whether ministers will value civil servants more "over the long term".

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: MSPs to agree emergency laws
MSPs are expected to pass new emergency powers in a single day in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Former Crewe MP Laura Smith fights coronavirus credit impact
Laura Smith, who is unemployed, says people's credit scores should not be affected by the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: UK must go 'further, faster' to increase testing capacity
The government is working to increase coronavirus tests, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Virus-hit charities 'need substantial support'
MPs are told voluntary organisations could lose £4bn in income over the next three months.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: MPs call for 'digital Parliament' to be set up
Opposition MPs says Parliament must carry on, after Westminster shut up shop amid the coronavirus outbreak.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda lift some restrictions
Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda ease limits on how many of some individual items people can buy.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Labour leadership: Call to resolve Anti-Semitism cases in four months
The Board of Deputies of British Jews urges new Labour leader to resolve cases within four months.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Aldi, Morrisons and Waitrose lift some restrictions
Aldi, Morrisons and Waitrose are easing restrictions on some of their products.

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Matt Hancock 'on mend' after 'mild' symptoms
Matt Hancock thanks the public for cooperating with the government's "draconian measures".

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Supermarket sales in March 'busier than Christmas'
Grocery sales this month beat all previous records as shoppers stocked up, a survey says,

BBC Politics
Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Home abortions approved during outbreak
The government in England has changed its mind on home abortion several times.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Police told to be 'consistent' with lockdown approach
The guidance to officers comes amid criticism of how some forces have enforced social distancing measures.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Delay Brexit deadline amid coronavirus, say MEPS
The UK is due to stop following EU rules by the end of 2020 but a group of MEPs say the date should be pushed back.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: UK measures 'making a difference'
People are heeding the advice to stay home to keep pressure off the NHS - and it's working, says adviser.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Foreign Office links up with airlines to fly stranded Britons home
Government to work with airlines to gets tens of thousands home - and spend £75m on other charter flights.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Former Labour MP for Bassetlaw Joe Ashton dies
His death was unrelated to coronavirus his family say.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: What measures are countries taking to stop it?
As the virus spreads around the world, what measures are different countries implementing?

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Why are British travellers struggling to get home?
UK tourists stranded around the world want to know why more is not being done to help them get home.

BBC Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Labour leader rivals asked to film victory speech
Rebecca Long-Bailey confirms coronavirus restrictions means the hopefuls have been asked to record a message in case they win.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: 20,000 former NHS staff return to fight virus, PM says
In a video posted online, the prime minister says the UK can get through the pandemic "together".

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Fake news crackdown by UK government
A rapid response unit is working with social media firms to take down misleading or harmful content.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Alex Salmond's lawyer faces inquiry after 'sex pest' comment
Gordon Jackson QC was filmed making comments about the ex-first minister during his sex assault trial.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Strict measures could last 'significant period'
The date the virus peaks will depend on how people behave, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Gove defends not joining EU ventilator scheme
The cabinet minister says that the UK has not been disadvantaged by the government's decision not to join.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse victims 'still allowed to leave home'
The government's coronavirus rules are tougher on people at risk of domestic abuse, the home secretary says.

BBC Politics
Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Things will get worse before getting better, PM warns
Measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, Boris Johnson says in letter sent to every UK home.

BBC Politics
Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Things will get worse, PM warns in letter to Britons
Measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, Boris Johnson says in letter sent to every UK home.

BBC Politics
Mar 28, 2020

Alex Salmond's accusers 'devastated' by court verdict
A jury found the former first minister not guilty on 12 sexual assault charges, while another was found not proven.

BBC Politics
Mar 28, 2020

Alok Sharma: 'We will boost supply of protective equipment to NHS frontline staff'
Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the government is bringing in a range of measures to speed up the production of protective equipment and hand sanitiser.

BBC Politics
Mar 28, 2020

NHS England: 'Now is not the time to be complacent'
NHS England's medical director urges people to continue government advice to beat Covid-19.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Testing rolled out for frontline NHS staff
Hundreds of coronavirus tests will take place this weekend, as infections in the UK continue to rise.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Gove addresses PM and Health Secretary's positive tests
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove stresses the importance of social distancing measures.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Brexit: EU-UK meeting to go ahead via video link
The government insists the coronavirus crisis will not slow its timetable for reaching a trade deal.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Increased testing capacity announced by Michael Gove
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said there would be increased antigen testing for frontline workers.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: All rough sleepers in England 'to be housed'
Labour have welcomed the plan but said councils "need more support" and money to achieve it.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Brexit: EU-UK trade talks to go ahead via video link
The government insists the coronavirus crisis will not slow its timetable for reaching a trade deal.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: MPs urge support for migrants and charities
They say some individuals and organisations are not covered by the government's coronavirus plans.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
He has mild symptoms, including a temperature and cough, and is self-isolating in Downing Street.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Lib Dems suspend leadership contest until 2021
The party delays race to succeed Jo Swinson in the "national interest" due to the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

In full: PM's statement on his coronavirus
Boris Johnson says he's self-isolating in Downing Street, as that's "entirely the right thing to do".

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says he's tested positive
In a video posted to his Twitter account, Boris Johnson says he is self-isolating and will continue to work from home.

BBC Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Jeremy Corbyn says he was proved 'right' on public spending
The government now realises it has to invest in the state, the outgoing Labour leader tells the BBC.

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