National & Local News
Live national & local news feeds courtesy of the BBC
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- Cameron makes case for Syria bombing
The prime minister is presenting his case to the Commons later for the UK launching air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.
- Osborne defends Spending Review U-turn
Chancellor George Osborne defends his Spending Review decision to spend money from better public finances on reversing tax credit cuts.
- Queen and duke set for tour of Malta
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are set to arrive in Malta on Thursday afternoon for a three-day tour.
- Barclays fined for poor client checks
Banking giant Barclays has been fined £72m for failing to conduct proper checks on very rich clients because it did not want to inconvenience them.
- Net migration to UK hits record 336,000
Estimated net migration to the UK reached a record 336,000 in the year to June, Office for National Statistics figures show.
- 'Compassion' urged over Syrian refugees
The government is urged to be more compassionate to Syrian refugees who face deportation because they have come from other EU countries to join relatives.
- Rape police cleared of blame over death
A police force is cleared of blame for the way it investigated a teenager who went on to murder a 14-year-old boy he met online.
- Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'
About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.
- Cyber-thieves 'target bargain hunters'
Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, say experts.
- Henry Moore sculpture sells for £1.8m
Five works by British artists, including Henry Moore and LS Lowry, sell for more than £1m each at auction.
- Police budgets protected by chancellor
Police funding for England and Wales will be protected, Chancellor George Osborne says, after fears that forces were to face significant cuts.
- Woman goes missing with young grandson
Police are trying to trace a woman who has gone missing from Dundee with her two-year-old grandson.
- 'Santa's giant pants' in festive display
A town's Christmas lights are said to resemble giant sparkly pants on a washing line.
- Driver's seat was plastic garden chair
Police are left baffled when they find an abandoned car in Middlesbrough with a green plastic garden chair in place of the driver's seat.
- Man Utd can win anywhere - Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United can win at Wolfsburg and seal a spot in the Champions League last 16.
- Smith breaks GB records at Worlds
Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith breaks two British records in the World championship final to boost her Rio 2016 prospects.
- GB must capitalise on final - Murray
Andy Murray says Great Britain must grab their chance when they take on Belgium in their first Davis Cup final since 1978.
- McDonnell defends Chairman Mao quote
Labour's John McDonnell defends his decision to quote Chairman Mao in his Spending Review response, saying the stunt was a joke.
- At-a-glance: Spending Review key points
An at-a-glance summary of the main points of the 2015 Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review.
- Public finances better off by £27bn
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts a £27bn improvement in the public finances over the next five years.
- Osborne's U-turn and 'end of austerity'
The Autumn Statement dominates Thursday's front pages, with some mourning what they see as the end of austerity while others celebrate.
- VIDEO: Cameron address to MPs on Syria strikes
David Cameron presents his case to the Commons for the UK launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.
- VIDEO: The pilots flying drones over Syria
From an airbase in Lincolnshire, RAF crews are flying unmanned drones over the skies of Iraq and Syria against Islamic State.
- VIDEO: McDonnell: Red Book point 'was a joke'
The shadow chancellor said throwing a copy of the Chinese Communist leader's Little Red Book at the chancellor made a serious point.
- VIDEO: Spending Review - in 60 seconds
Chancellor George Osborne does a U-turn on cuts to tax credits and vows to protect police funding in his Spending Review.
- VIDEO: What is life like inside prison?
The Victoria Derbyshire programme asked people involved in the prison system in England and Wales to write anonymous letters about their experiences of life inside.
- VIDEO: Giant green 'pants' light up Tiverton
Tiverton in Devon has unveiled its new Christmas lights - but many local residents have mocked them saying the lights look like underpants hanging on a washing line.
- VIDEO: Osborne: I listened to concerns
The chancellor has said that he listened to the public ahead of his Spending Review
- VIDEO: Meet 'Britain's best bus driver'
There are nearly 100,000 bus drivers in England, but this year for the very first time the title of "top driver" goes to a woman.
- 'I went blind and feel partly to blame'
'I went blind after neglecting my diabetes'
- Leaving the UK and going 'home' to Ghana
Why young professionals are moving from London to Accra
- Buster, bust-ups & Boycott of tennis
Great Britain's run to 1978 Davis Cup final was far from dull
- Mark Rylance: From spy to BFG
Mark Rylance on the biggest film roles of his career
- Tax changes in the pipeline
How tax affairs will be organised digitally in the future
- Oldham is a fundamental test for Labour
Oldham a fundamental test for Labour, says Mark Mardell.
- The lucky chancellor
George Osborne is neither the slasher, nor the saver, but a politician who has found good fortune and surprisingly so.