BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Afghan interpreters to get UK visasWed, 22 May 2013 00:47:19 GMT
Up to 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside British troops are set to be given the right to live in the UK, under government plans.
Clegg 'won't pull plug' on coalitionWed, 22 May 2013 01:29:13 GMT
Nick Clegg insists the Liberal Democrats will not "pull the plug" on the coalition government ahead of the next general election.
10% of UK wildlife 'endangered'Wed, 22 May 2013 03:00:37 GMT
A "stocktake" of UK nature suggests 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years - and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
HMRC to miss tax credit fraud targetTue, 21 May 2013 23:16:48 GMT
The UK tax authority's failure to hit a target of reducing tax credit fraud and error has "cost the taxpayer dear", a committee of MPs says.
2013 cold start may mean fruit boomTue, 21 May 2013 23:07:52 GMT
UK fruit growers could enjoy a much better harvest of apples and pears this year, following the dismal crop in 2012, experts believe.
Murray withdraws from French OpenTue, 21 May 2013 22:31:36 GMT
Andy Murray withdraws from the French Open because of the back injury that forced him out of the Italian Open.
Iodine deficiency 'may lower IQs'Wed, 22 May 2013 00:23:29 GMT
Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK, say researchers who studied 1,000 families.
Fifty-five beaches meet new rulesWed, 22 May 2013 02:26:11 GMT
Fifty five beaches in England meet tough new EU standards on water quality to achieve Blue Flag awards.
New evidence in killer nurse caseTue, 21 May 2013 23:45:43 GMT
Fresh evidence emerges which challenges the murder conviction of so-called "Angel of Death" nurse Colin Norris.
Bowie bassist Bolder dies aged 62Tue, 21 May 2013 22:26:01 GMT
Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, has died from cancer at the age of 62.
East End music free school approvedWed, 22 May 2013 01:09:34 GMT
A music school for deprived teenagers in east London and two schools for autistic children are among the latest wave of free schools to be approved.
Helicopter problems 'delayed rescue'Wed, 22 May 2013 02:11:25 GMT
Four RAF rescue helicopters were out of service when a cargo ship ran aground off the coast of north Wales, an accident report finds.
Mayor drives car into Tesco storeTue, 21 May 2013 21:34:05 GMT
A mayor drives his car through the doors of his local Tesco Express.
Water poisoning 'further researched'Wed, 22 May 2013 00:26:08 GMT
More research is to be carried out into the possible effects of the Camelford water poisoning incident, an MP is told.
Commons votes to back gay marriageTue, 21 May 2013 21:18:53 GMT
The House of Commons votes to allow gay marriage in England and Wales, despite 161 MPs opposing the government's plans.
'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.
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.
'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.
Electricity bills to increase by 18%Tue, 21 May 2013 23:11:59 GMT
Power NI announces that electricity bills for households and small businesses are to increase by 18% from July.
NI man dies in car crash in EnglandTue, 21 May 2013 21:20:28 GMT
A man from Northern Ireland is killed in a car crash in Warwickshire, England.
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.
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.
'Boy injured' in crash with craneTue, 21 May 2013 21:28:27 GMT
Emergency services deal with a crash in which a boy on a bicycle is understood to have been injured in a collision with a mobile crane.
Scots wildlife 'faces rising threat'Tue, 21 May 2013 23:49:53 GMT
Scotland's wildlife and landscapes need greater protection than ever before, Sir David Attenborough warns.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
VIDEO: House of CommonsTue, 21 May 2013 19:06:34 GMT
MPs approve same-sex marriage plans at third reading despite significant opposition.
VIDEO: Scotland 'can afford independence'Tue, 21 May 2013 21:39:06 GMT
Scotland can "more than afford' to be a successful independent country, its first minister has said.
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: 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: 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: '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.
Is Fussball coming home?Wed, 22 May 2013 03:59:19 GMT
Is Wembley the cradle of German football?
Wayne Rooney's baby and The K effectWed, 22 May 2013 03:37:24 GMT
Why is Wayne Rooney's baby Klay rather than Clay?
Viewpoints: Higher fees and value-for-money degreesTue, 21 May 2013 09:53:25 GMT
Are university courses worth the money students have to spend?
Gunboat diplomacy and Crofters' WarTue, 21 May 2013 23:59:48 GMT
How gunboat diplomacy led to attempts at land reform
VIDEO: The 91-year-old DJTue, 21 May 2013 23:02:27 GMT
Is this 91-year-old Britain's oldest DJ?
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
Papers mull Cameron 'humiliation'Tue, 21 May 2013 04:35:24 GMT
Papers claim prime minister is facing 'humiliation' in the Commons