News Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper taking shelter inside but who managed to escape in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo

Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.

'Undemocratic' not to have Commons vote before arming rebel fighters in Syria, warns Speaker John Bercow

It would be undemocratic and inappropriate not to have a Commons vote before the Government decided to arm rebel fighters in Syria, Speaker John Bercow said today.

Ed Balls arrives at the Thomson Reuters headquarters to give his speech

Ed Balls sets out election battle lines with promise to spend billions on housebuilding and road and rail projects

Labour would stick within the Coalition’s limits on day-to-day spending if it wins power in 2015 but would plough billions of pounds more into housebuilding and road and rail projects.

Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine arrives with her daughter Katherine at the Houses of Parliament in central London to read the review of the report into the loyalist murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane (inset)

British agents 'facilitated the murder' of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane during the Troubles

David Cameron deeply sorry for 'shocking' state collusion

Jim Armitage: Old Mutual seems unembarrassed by its links with Mugabe's Zimbabwe

Global Outlook: The company has a big reputation to look after, in the UK and around the world

Cameron to view revived Severn barrage plan

The Prime Minister is to be briefed on plans for a £30bn, 10-mile tidal barrage from Somerset to South Wales which could provide 5 per cent of Britain's total electricity. David Cameron signalled his backing, telling MPs: "A huge amount of renewable energy could be delivered through a barrage of this kind."

Ed Miliband warned to avoid return to old rivalries ahead of party reshuffle

A fresh bout of Labour infighting has broken out over whether Liam Byrne, a Blairite, should remain in charge of the party's policy review.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Hain

Diary: 'Disrespectful' Peter Hain faces court appearance

In what promises to be a bizarre court case, a former Cabinet minister is being hauled in front of a Belfast court, accused of showing disrespect for a judge.

Radio 5 Live listeners criticise Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband said he was taking Tony Blair's advice to "be yourself" as he brushed off severe criticism of his leadership from radio listeners.

Sport On TV: Mole in protest movement but other side dug up dirt

So the sporting protest is alive and well – though cuffing yourself to the goalpost because Ryanair won't give your daughter a job is not quite the same as the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. What next? A mass demonstration against EasyJet's excess baggage policy?

Labour lures veterans with 1p membership offer

Millions of veterans are to be offered cut-price membership deals by the Labour Party as part of an aggressive recruitment campaign targeting traditional Tory voters.

Big shots call for 'new Labour army'

Two shadow Cabinet ministers will call today for an Obama-style rejuvenation of the Labour campaign machine in an effort to restore its fortunes.

Labour chiefs accuse party stalwarts of being out of touch

Labour HQ has launched an astonishing attack on its "foot soldiers" just weeks ahead of crucial local elections, accusing many stalwart party officials of being out of touch and obsessed with meetings.

Colleagues defend Miliband rally speech

Senior colleagues of Ed Miliband have backed his decision to address yesterday's TUC rally in central London, insisting it was important for Labour to stand up for the "mainstream majority" hit by spending cuts.

Miliband ally tells the rich: you should pay higher taxes

One of Ed Miliband's closest allies has backed a tax increase for higher earners as Labour prepares to reveal new details about his plan to deal with Britain's budget deficit.

David Miliband camp blames Mandelson for defeat

Architect of New Labour condemned for public attacks on Ed Miliband, which helped to turn the tide against his brother
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