BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site. Tory MP Carswell defects to UKIPThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:19:59 GMT
Tory MP Douglas Carswell has defected to the UK Independence Party - and says he will seek re-election in Clacton at a by-election.
'Significant' rise in migration to UKThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:36:28 GMT
There has been a "statistically significant" increase in net migration into the UK - which reached 243,000 in the year up to March, figures show.
Wright quits Labour but not PCC roleThu, 28 Aug 2014 11:07:38 GMT
Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse.
'Deeply elitist UK locks out talent'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:12 GMT
The UK is "deeply elitist" according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.
Rooney named new England captainThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:18:17 GMT
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is named new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson.
Ebola vaccine to be tested in UKThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:18:24 GMT
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.
PM: UK 'supports million Scots jobs'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:35:52 GMT
The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs.
HMS Illustrious taken out of serviceThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:38:00 GMT
HMS Illustrious is taken out of service at the Portsmouth Naval Base after 32 years.
NHS complaints rise to 480 every dayThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:38:05 GMT
The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, according to official data.
Easyjet plane in emergency landingThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:00:45 GMT
An Easyjet plane carrying 157 passengers makes an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after smoke was detected in the cockpit.
UK Jews and Muslims issue peace callThu, 28 Aug 2014 05:59:19 GMT
The Jewish Board of Deputies and Muslim Council of Britain issue an unprecedented joint statement calling for peace and condemning prejudice.
Labour plans technical universitiesThu, 28 Aug 2014 00:48:18 GMT
Labour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to create a hi-tech, high-income economy.
English children's lives 'less happy'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:36:52 GMT
English children are less happy and satisfied than youngsters in developing countries, a new survey suggests.
Health boss claimed £30,000 expensesThu, 28 Aug 2014 03:05:15 GMT
The £232,000-a-year chief executive of two health trusts claimed up to £30,000 in hotel and transport expenses over the past 16 months, it emerges.
DVLA prints cut out and keep tax discThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:10:15 GMT
Drivers will have to cut out their own vehicle tax discs during the death throes of the paper system, because the DVLA has run out of perforated paper.
Bake Off contestant 'stitched up'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:13:08 GMT
The Great British Bake Off contestant blamed by some for another's exit claims to have been "stitched up" by the way the BBC One programme was edited.
Red squirrels face leprosy threatThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:28:14 GMT
Scotland's red squirrels are facing a new threat from a form of leprosy, according to scientists in Edinburgh.
Thirty gold bars buried on beachThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:27:38 GMT
A seaside town is bracing itself for a gold-rush after a German artist buries thousands of pounds worth of bullion on a beach.
Rare antelope births 'fantastic'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:24:05 GMT
The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.
Ex dental prof loses dismissal claimThu, 28 Aug 2014 05:22:35 GMT
Prof Philip Lamey, a former professor of dentistry, has lost his case for unfair dismissal brought against Queen's University, Belfast.
'Abysmal NI leaders stuck in past'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:04:31 GMT
A senior aide to former US president Bill Clinton accuses Northern Ireland politicians of an "abysmal abdication of leadership".
Minibus driver guilty of man's deathThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:09:48 GMT
A minibus driver is found guilty of causing the death of a cyclist, who he hit while looking at photos on his mobile phone.
Sacking over child protection claimsThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:21:53 GMT
A senior councillor is sacked from Wrexham council's executive board after making allegations about a child protection team.
Pro-independence firms hit backThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:36:55 GMT
An open letter signed by more than 200 business figures says the case for independence ?has been made?.
'Biggest cave' is found in ShetlandThu, 28 Aug 2014 10:54:54 GMT
The biggest cave in Britain can be found in Shetland, and is not Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, a geologist claims.
Abuse police face fresh criticismThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:42:04 GMT
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal faces fresh criticism for failing to protect vulnerable victims of crime.
Man jailed for bottle attack on girlThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:42:29 GMT
A man who threw a glass bottle while drunk, shattering a car windscreen and badly injuring a nine-year-old girl, is jailed.
England call up uncapped quartetThu, 28 Aug 2014 11:30:56 GMT
Uncapped Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback are all named in the England squad.
Cook angry about Swann's criticismWed, 27 Aug 2014 20:55:40 GMT
Alastair Cook calls Graeme Swann a "so-called friend" after the ex-spinner said he should quit as England one-day captain.
Giroud out for up to four monthsWed, 27 Aug 2014 22:07:53 GMT
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after having surgery on a broken leg.
The last Armenians of MyanmarWed, 27 Aug 2014 21:36:34 GMT
The last 'full' Armenian in Myanmar died last year, so what is the future of Yangon's historic Armenian church?
The parenting lessons to be taken from moviesWed, 27 Aug 2014 09:10:16 GMT
It is 50 years since Mary Poppins appeared on cinema screens.
Sandhurst and the sheikhsMon, 25 Aug 2014 23:16:32 GMT
Generations of foreign royals - particularly from the Middle East - have learned to be military leaders at the UK's Sandhurst officer training academy. Is that still a good idea, asks Matthew Teller.
Cancer drugs face NHS price squeezeWed, 27 Aug 2014 21:01:19 GMT
The government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.
UK offers £10m more in aid to IraqWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:13:39 GMT
Justine Greening says the humanitarian situation in Iraq is "deeply worrying" as the UK offers £10m more in aid.
Brown and Darling in referendum callWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:15:29 GMT
Gordon Brown appears alongside his former chancellor Alistair Darling to call on Scottish voters to reject independence.
VIDEO: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - second readingTue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:06 GMT
MPs approve the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill at second reading.
VIDEO: Roman ruins uncovered in SomersetThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:24:35 GMT
Archaeologists are studying Roman ruins, including a bath house, that have been discovered on the site of a new bypass in Somerset.
VIDEO: Bees move into in City ChambersThu, 28 Aug 2014 11:54:45 GMT
More than 120,000 bees take up residence on the roof of Glasgow City Council headquarters as part of a new environmental project.
VIDEO: Esha Ness cave is 'UK's biggest'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:50:57 GMT
Geologist Jonathan Swale claims that the Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness in Shetland is the largest in Britain.
VIDEO: 'Uzi accident couldn't happen in UK'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:45:14 GMT
Shooting instructor Peter Wroe tells the BBC why an incident in the US where a nine-year-old girl shot a gun range worker could not happen in the UK.
VIDEO: Punched woman talks of grope outrageThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:44:00 GMT
A student who was punched in the face at the Notting Hill Carnival for telling a man not to grope her says she would do the same again.
VIDEO: Newport's 'ring of steel' for Nato summitThu, 28 Aug 2014 07:17:30 GMT
The Nato summit is being held in Newport, Wales and an estimated £50m is being spent on security measures, including an eight mile fence around the venue.
VIDEO: Simon Cowell 'upset' at Radio TimesThu, 28 Aug 2014 11:02:34 GMT
X Factor supremo Simon Cowell says he felt "upset" after reading a recent interview published in the Radio Times.
VIDEO: UK still a 'deeply elitist' countryThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:17:24 GMT
The UK is still a "deeply elitist" country, according to a new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
'Rooney the right choice to lead new England era'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:20:41 GMT
The right choice to lead England?
TV white space could be a lifesaverThu, 28 Aug 2014 01:21:53 GMT
Could unused TV signal improve rural broadband?
Arthur Conan Doyle's eerie vision of the future of warThu, 28 Aug 2014 01:07:59 GMT
Did Sherlock's creator predict the Channel Tunnel?
It's Over: The IRA ceasefire 1994Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:43:49 GMT
Reporting the IRA ceasefire in 1994
What happens to football's lost souls?Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:18:50 GMT
What happens to footballers let go by their clubs?
Shaking off the 'kilted straitjacket'Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:13:20 GMT
How Scottish national identity shook off its 'kilted straitjacket'
New Documentary Photography from Scotland & WalesWed, 27 Aug 2014 07:17:12 GMT
Documenting Scotland and Wales
Abuse scandal latest and jihadist fears - papersThu, 28 Aug 2014 04:49:38 GMT
Papers round on officials who failed to stop Rotherham abuse