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Miliband pledges £8 minimum wage

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrives in Manchester before the start of the Labour Party's annual conference

Ed Miliband has kick-started Labour's final conference before the general election with a pledge to hike the minimum wage to at least £8.

Free hostages urges Siddiqui family

Alan Henning was kidnapped when he travelled to Syria as an aid worker last year

The family of a jailed Pakistani scientist nicknamed Lady al Qaida, whose release has been demanded by Islamic State (IS) extremists, has called for the Jihadi group to free two British hostages.

Umunna caught out on Scotland team

Chuka Umunna said he was not a Scottish MP or a member of the Scottish shadow cabinet

Shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna was caught out when questioned about his party's team in Scotland after only being able to identify two of Labour's senior MSPs.

Spoon-bender joins gorilla crusade

Gorilla costumes are worn during the run

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller is to join TV conservationist Bill Oddie and London Mayor Boris Johnson's father Stanley today for a charity event in aid of gorillas.

Warning over account restrictions

Four in 10 of the 285 instant-access and cash Isa savings accounts currently available come with strings of some kind attached, it has been found

Four in every 10 savings accounts which are described as being instant-access come with "frustrating" restrictions that can prevent people getting their hands on their money or even being eligible for the deal in the first place, according to research by Which?.

Promises will be upheld says Brown

Gordon Brown was passionate in his defence of the United Kingdom

Promises made to Scotland on further devolution will be upheld, Gordon Brown insisted, as he urged the country to come together after the bitter independence debate and find "unity against the odds".

Charity in NHS cancer patients plea

Macmillan Cancer Support says hospital patients want to be treated with dignity and respect alongside receiving the best possible care

NHS staff need to be given more time to be able to treat their patients "as human beings, not just a set of symptoms", a leading cancer charity has said.

Ex-diplomat given data access role

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, who has been appointed to ensure that British spies and police forces can access data from overseas firms.

A former senior diplomat has been appointed by the Prime Minister to work with the United States and other countries to ensure that British spies and police forces can access data from overseas firms.

Labour party conference to begin

Labour leader Ed Miliband called for a constitutional convention

Labour activists are gearing up for the party's annual gathering today with the constitutional fallout from the Scottish referendum battle set to loom large.

Ex-diplomat given data access role

Sir Nigel Sheinwald has been appointed to a senior role regarding data access by David Cameron

A former senior diplomat has been appointed by the Prime Minister to work with the United States and other countries to ensure that British spies and police forces can access data from overseas firms.

Salmond praised by Yes supporters

Alex Salmond announced he would quit as leader of the SNP and First Minister

Supporters of the Yes campaign who continued to gather at the Scottish Parliament throughout the day thanked the First Minister for "doing a great job" as they heard the news that he would be standing down.