Controversial proposals to overhaul the NHS in England pass their first hurdle after six hours of debate in the House of Commons.
Changes to the way the NHS is run in England will improve „the health of the poorest fastest” and make the institution „fit for the demands of the 21st Century”, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says he will not contest the upcoming general election.
James Landale on the impact of AV Bill battle on the Lords’ future
Andrew Lansley tells MPs that proposals to overhaul the NHS in England will make it „fit for the demands of the 21st Century”, as the Commons debates the plans.
Peers reach a deal to end the impasse blocking government plans for a referendum on the voting system and cutting the number of MPs.
The UK’s banks are told to publicly disclose the number of their employees who earn more than £1m a year.
Ministers are „considering options” over a marathon House of Lords battle over changing the way MPs are elected.
Liberal Democrat AM Jenny Randerson takes her seat in the House of Lords after being created a life peer in November.
Lords may no longer have to take part in sleep overs after „significant concessions” from the government to the Labour opposition which is not happy with plans to cut the number of MPs.
Labour MP Luciana Berger claims the government health changes could cost £3bn, and are a „false prospective for patients”.
Birmingham businesses and bankers send their message to the government on how to bring some growth back to the UK economy.
CBI Director General John Cridland said the UK economy needs a growth strategy after government action on dealing with the deficit.
The number of English applicants to Scottish universities has slumped by nearly 15% in a year, new figures show.
A report says the closure of RAF Leuchars would have a devastating impact on jobs, businesses and the local primary school.
Tony Blair tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast’s Nicky Campbell that Egyptians want change but not chaos.
Speaker John Bercow has been controversial from the start, but could he be making too many enemies for his own good?
Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor and the FT’s Sue Cameron debate just how hard we should expect our politicians to work.
Labour leader Ed Miliband reveals he was a „bit square” as a youth, eschewing drugs and under-age drinking.
Justice officials must urgently address a lack of strategy in delivering social work services in Scotland’s jails, inspectors warn.
David Cameron tells the BBC he believes Egypt ‚must go down the path of reform’
Welsh language protesters block the entrance to BBC Wales’ Cardiff headquarters in a protest over the future funding of S4C.
The government will not abandon its spending plans and take up Labour’s alternative plan, Prime Minister David Cameron insists.
Talks are due to take place to try to avert a „disastrous” train strike on the day of the opening Six Nations match between Wales and England in Cardiff.
Three-quarters of a million more people are set to become higher rate taxpayers in April, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
David Cameron has strongly defended the coalition’s plans for a major overhaul of the NHS in England, as MPs prepare to hold their first vote on the bill.