BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Commons votes to back gay marriageTue, 21 May 2013 19:22:15 GMT
The House of Commons votes to allow gay marriage in England and Wales, despite 161 MPs opposing the government's plans.
Scotland 'can afford independence'Tue, 21 May 2013 16:21:09 GMT
Scotland can "more than afford" to be a successful independent country, its first minister says as he launches a paper outlining the nation's economic strength.
'Sugar daddy' serial conman jailedTue, 21 May 2013 17:03:48 GMT
A conman who fleeced more than £170,000 out of women he met on a website for "sugar daddies" is jailed for seven years.
Three jailed over fake £1 coin plotTue, 21 May 2013 17:29:07 GMT
Three fraudsters are jailed for making 50,000 fake £1 coins in what police describe as the biggest plot of its kind.
Bone in April case 'from skull'Tue, 21 May 2013 19:01:35 GMT
Bone fragments found in the fireplace of the man accused of the murder of five-year-old April Jones were from a human skull, a jury is told.
Family urges domestic violence probeTue, 21 May 2013 13:32:32 GMT
The family of a woman murdered by her ex-partner call for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled by police.
Homes demolished after fatal blastTue, 21 May 2013 20:33:41 GMT
Two homes are being demolished after an explosion which killed two people at a terraced house in Nottinghamshire, emergency planners say.
NHS boss set to retire next yearTue, 21 May 2013 14:29:35 GMT
The head of the NHS in England Sir David Nicholson is stepping down from the post next year.
Flats evacuated in explosives threatTue, 21 May 2013 20:27:24 GMT
A street in a Wiltshire town is evacuated as a "precautionary" measure following reports of explosives at a flat.
Pound falls after dip in inflationTue, 21 May 2013 13:01:27 GMT
The pound falls after lower fuel prices lead to a lower-than-expected inflation rate of 2.4% for April.
Gandhi's will and sandals auctionedTue, 21 May 2013 17:24:33 GMT
Mahatma Gandhi's last will and testament sells for more than £50,000 as dozens of Gandhi memorabilia is sold at auction.
Driver held over Commons 'breach'Tue, 21 May 2013 19:37:04 GMT
A woman is detained by police after attempting to drive through the main gates of the House of Commons.
Police 'probing 54 grooming gangs'Tue, 21 May 2013 17:28:56 GMT
Police are investigating 54 alleged gangs in a crackdown on child grooming in England and Wales, the House of Lords hears.
Eric and Ernie's writer Braben diesTue, 21 May 2013 11:01:22 GMT
Eddie Braben, the writer credited with contributing to the huge success of comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, dies aged 82.
Pirate movie sites blocked in UKTue, 21 May 2013 10:06:13 GMT
Big UK net firms have begun blocking access to two movie streaming sites accused of flouting copyright laws.
George Michael 'kept in hospital'Tue, 21 May 2013 12:16:50 GMT
Singer George Michael is being kept in hospital for treatment after sustaining head injuries in a traffic incident, his spokesman confirms.
'Mr Blobby' house painted in prankTue, 21 May 2013 15:57:43 GMT
A couple return from honeymoon to find their Essex home "glowing" with a spotty pink Mr Blobby-style makeover.
Photo sparks stadium fire concernsTue, 21 May 2013 13:29:25 GMT
A photograph of Coventry's Ricoh Arena seemingly on fire sparks alarm on social media that the stadium was burning down.
Men jailed over blackmail plotTue, 21 May 2013 18:55:42 GMT
Four men are jailed over a blackmail plot in which a couple were threatened with paramilitary attack if they did not hand over £15,000 in cash.
NI complaint over exams letter leakTue, 21 May 2013 19:39:01 GMT
Northern Ireland's education minister writes to his counterpart in England to complain over the leaking of a letter about major exam changes.
Car and five motorcyclists in crashTue, 21 May 2013 20:24:39 GMT
Four people are taken to hospital following a collision between a car and five motorbikes in Monmouthshire.
Binge drink warning after fan deathTue, 21 May 2013 15:02:54 GMT
A widow warns of the dangers of binge drinking after her Wales rugby fan husband fell into a river and died during a Six Nations weekend.
Missing man's body found 14 years onTue, 21 May 2013 15:05:00 GMT
Police Scotland confirm that a man whose remains were discovered in the Scottish Borders was a teenager reported missing 14 years ago.
Man guilty of decades of sex crimesTue, 21 May 2013 15:10:23 GMT
A former community centre manager is found guilty of sex crimes against children and adults spanning several decades.
Mother is suspect in toddler deathTue, 21 May 2013 13:13:21 GMT
The mother of a 20-month-old girl whose body was discovered in a house in Oxfordshire has been named by police as a murder suspect.
Mother accepts son's posthumous VCTue, 21 May 2013 15:31:40 GMT
The mother of an "inspiring" soldier who was killed in Afghanistan speaks of her pride after accepting his posthumous VC.
Manager Pulis leaves Stoke CityTue, 21 May 2013 15:25:27 GMT
Manager Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City by mutual consent following talks with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday.
West Ham agree £15m Carroll feeTue, 21 May 2013 19:31:39 GMT
West Ham agree a £15m fee with Liverpool for England striker Andy Carroll but the player has yet to decide on the move.
Harrison makes U-turn on retirementTue, 21 May 2013 17:29:35 GMT
Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison reverses his decision to retire from boxing three weeks after quitting the sport.
The rise of food swappingTue, 21 May 2013 03:00:11 GMT
The food swapping movement is taking off the UK with anything from sushi to strawberries on offer.
The curious story of how the lie detector came to beTue, 21 May 2013 09:27:33 GMT
The science behind the lie detector test has been disputed since its creation 90 years ago, so is there any reliable way to tell if someone is lying?
How religions change their mindTue, 21 May 2013 02:22:29 GMT
History suggests that religions that don't change die out - but how do they manage it without undermining themselves?
Union boss clashes with MandelsonTue, 21 May 2013 15:26:25 GMT
Unite leader Len McCluskey hits back at claims by Lord Mandelson that his union is trying to rig Labour candidate selection.
A&E units on cliff edge - NHS chiefsTue, 21 May 2013 10:14:15 GMT
A&E units are on a cliff edge, say NHS leaders as MPs start an inquiry into the state of emergency care.
Sir Cyril abuse claim inquiry widensTue, 21 May 2013 15:34:06 GMT
Police investigate 10 people over allegations of sex abuse at a residential school after claims former MP Sir Cyril Smith abused boys there.
VIDEO: House of CommonsTue, 21 May 2013 16:02:04 GMT
MPs resist a Labour-led attempt to give legal recognition to humanist weddings.
VIDEO: Why did UK inflation rate fall?Tue, 21 May 2013 10:16:10 GMT
The UK's inflation rate fell to 2.4% in April, according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 2.8% in March.
VIDEO: Death of Morecambe and Wise geniusTue, 21 May 2013 12:59:37 GMT
Eddie Braben, the writer behind comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, has died at the age of 82.
VIDEO: Narrow door stops woman leaving homeTue, 21 May 2013 14:40:41 GMT
A woman who uses a large wheelchair says she is a prisoner in her own home because it will not fit through the door.
VIDEO: Family call for murder public inquiryTue, 21 May 2013 12:47:21 GMT
The family of Maria Stubbings, who was murdered by her ex-partner, is calling for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled by police.
VIDEO: Scotland 'can afford independence'Tue, 21 May 2013 17:31:41 GMT
Scotland can "more than afford' to be a successful independent country, its first minister has said.
VIDEO: Could UK have had a different coalition?Tue, 21 May 2013 10:06:35 GMT
The days which followed the 2010 general election saw tense and frantic negotiations between the three main parties as they fought for the right to govern Britain.
VIDEO: Sauce man Roots help for start-upsTue, 21 May 2013 12:49:48 GMT
A mentoring scheme for people starting a business is being backed by Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots, who started out under a previous scheme before finding fame on BBC2's Dragon's Den.
VIDEO: 'First crane egg in 400 years'Tue, 21 May 2013 08:18:40 GMT
The first crane egg in southern Britain in more than 400 years has been laid by a nesting bird.
Calculate your inflation rateMon, 20 May 2013 23:03:15 GMT
Find out how much your cost of living is going up
The UK's diverging school systemsTue, 21 May 2013 16:29:18 GMT
Devolution has made schooling more different across the UK
In pictures: Monkey skulls and tortoise jelly seized at UK bordersTue, 21 May 2013 17:14:04 GMT
Monkey skulls and tortoise jelly among seizures at UK borders
Ulster fries for G8 leaders?Tue, 21 May 2013 08:39:08 GMT
What to prepare for breakfast at G8 summit.
'Swivel-eyed loons' or people's voice?Tue, 21 May 2013 15:12:31 GMT
What Tory row tells us about the state of British politics
The British Empire's last exhibitionTue, 21 May 2013 07:46:06 GMT
British Empire Exhibition in Glasgow 75 years on
Is Apple's tax avoidance rational?Tue, 21 May 2013 07:55:00 GMT
Is the company's tax avoidance rational, asks Robert Peston
Blind woman caused to hallucinateTue, 21 May 2013 04:34:23 GMT
Disease leaves blind woman seeing things
Papers mull Cameron 'humiliation'Tue, 21 May 2013 04:35:24 GMT
Papers claim prime minister is facing 'humiliation' in the Commons