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The sigh of relief from the Liberal Democrats’ Great George Street headquarters could almost be heard above the sound of Big Ben. They have a letter of resignation from an MP. Normally, it is a blow to a political party to lose an MP less than a year from a general election, but this is a loss the Liberal Democrats can live with.

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A poll taken after people voted in the Scottish referendum predicts a narrow victory against independence.

Young voters leave a polling station in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

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Aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped in Syria in December

Letter from UK Muslims calling for Alan Henning release will be translated

A letter from more than a hundred UK Muslim leaders calling for Alan Henning to be released by his Isis kidnappers is to be translated into Arabic and read by a leading imam in an online video as the campaign grows.

Chris McAleese at Bannockburn Polling Station, as voters go to the polls in the Scottish Referendum

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Leif Findlay had intended to play the bagpipes on his way to the polling station. But in the end, out of respect for his two rescue Staffordshire bull terriers who object to the skirl of the pipes, he chose to mark the occasion dressed in the ancient Farquharson tartan of his ancestors.

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, wants to bring in new ‘protection orders’

Labour will introduce new powers to protect girls from FGM

The threat to girls of being subjected to female genital mutilation would be reduced by new “protection orders” if Labour wins power, the party will announce tomorrow.

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The family of a grandmother who died in an ambulance as it waited in a queue outside hospital have blamed “cutbacks” to the Welsh NHS for her death.

Voters come to Notre Dame Primary School polling station as the people of Scotland take to the poles to decide their country's fate in a historic vote

Scottish independence: Lacking the theatricality of the Yes camp, the No campaign quietly gets out its vote

If there was a contest for flag-waving and high-profile street campaigning, Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign will have already taken Scotland back from Westminster. But in Glasgow, Aberdeen, in Edinburgh, and elsewhere, the lower-volume and less visibly patriotic campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom concentrated on only one thing – getting out its vote.

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media via YouTube

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'It sounds a bit like a variation in the tactics,' says former UK Security minister

Members of Unison, which represents 300,000 nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and other staff, voted for strike action over pay by a two thirds majority

NHS nurses, healthcare assistants and porters vote to strike over pay

First NHS staff strike since 1982

A YES campaign Statue of Liberty on display in Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh

Scottish independence: The Statue of Liberty makes its presence known in Edinburgh

Symbol of freedom appears to be voting Yes

A yes supporter talks with a man and a woman with a Union flag in George Square, just a few hours before polling stations will close in the Scottish independence referendum

Scottish independence: Historic day marred by isolated reports of intimidation, abuse and violence

Both sides report scattered instances of abuse and even assault

Rail Minister Claire Perry said Scotland should not be offered “promises of financial party bags”

Scottish independence: Tory revolt against 'devo max' grows as Rail Minister Claire Perry joins

She said: Scotland should not be offered “promises of financial party bags”

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