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Jim Murphy in apology to voters

Jim Murphy MP, who has announced he is to stand as the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party, leaves the STV studios in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Labour should "apologise" for not listening to voters after electoral defeat, leadership candidate Jim Murphy has said.

Firefighters strike in pensions row

Euston fire station in central London, as firefighters in England and Wales.

Firefighters have walked out on strike for the weekend in their bitter row with the Government over pensions, ahead of a series of firework displays across the country.

New child abuse inquiry head sought

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has resigned as the head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse

The Government is facing a search for a new head for the inquiry into historical child sex abuse after the chairwoman announced she was stepping down amid a barrage of criticism over her "establishment" links.

Branson to persevere with space bid

Wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed in Mojave (AP)

Sir Richard Branson has said he will persevere with his space tourism venture following the death of a pilot killed when a rocket crashed during a test flight in California.

Brother willing to die in Syria

Abubaker Deghayes speaking from his home after he said that a second of his sons had been killed in war-torn Syria

A young British jihadi whose two brothers have died fighting in war-torn Syria tonight revealed he was willing to suffer the same fate.

Pilot dies in Virgin rocket crash

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in southern California's Mojave Desert (AP/KABC TV)

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture crashed during a test flight .

UK's EU contribution soars to £11bn

The UK's net contribution to the EU rose by £2.7 billion

The UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to official statistics.

BBC refuses apology over Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson said he was "shocked" when someone pointed out the link between the H982 FKL number plate and the Falklands War

The BBC has refused the Argentinian ambassador's demand for a public apology following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid

Rolf Harris was refused permission to appeal

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

Surge in fixed-rate mortgage deals

A total of 2,675 fixed-rate mortgage deals were on the market by the middle of this week

Mortgage lenders are flooding the market with more fixed-rate products in attempts to lock in home-owners who may be tempted to switch to one of their rivals in the coming months, a financial website has reported.

Police chief faces internal charge

Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.