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18 December 2014 Last updated at 03:02

Councils braced for funding cutsWaste collection

Councils in England are to learn later how much money they will have to spend on local services such as waste collection and road maintenance in 2015-16.


Jack StrawStraw 'never complicit' in torture

Jack Straw says he is happy to appear before an inquiry looking at the treatment of detainees by UK intelligence agencies.

Boy with back to cameraIll teenagers not to be held in cells

Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety", Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce later.

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Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

UKIP - power struggle, not soap opera

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.

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James Landale Article written by James Landale James Landale Deputy political editor

Autumn Statement: Osborne's political balancing act

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.

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Mark D'Arcy Article written by Mark D'Arcy Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent

Close shave?

The report on the attempted appointment of the next Clerk of the Commons may trigger a shake-up in the way Parliament is run - and may be a face-saver for Speaker Bercow too.

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