News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

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Rare species discovered under water

A brainless and faceless fish was one of 15 rare species discovered during a series of marine surveys this year.

Cameron mulls minimum price for alcohol in England

A minimum price for alcohol could be imposed on shops and supermarkets under Government plans to tackle binge-drinking, it emerged last night. David Cameron is understood to have instructed officials to develop detailed proposals to ban the sale of drink at below between 40p and 50p a unit.

MSPs vote to reject welfare bill

The Scottish Parliament has refused to rubber-stamp controversial benefit changes linked to Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform programme.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell who has warned that holding the United Kingdom together will be an 'enormous challenge'

'Enormous challenge' to preserve UK

Holding the United Kingdom together will be an "enormous challenge", Britain's most senior civil servant has warned.

Each year, drink leads to the admission
of more than a million people to hospital for treatment of alcohol related cancers, liver disease, and poisoning

Britain's alcohol crisis: Is there a cure for the biggest hangover in Europe?

Health Secretary rejects laws on drink prices, and says he has a plan to sober up some of Britain's drunks

Call to ban alcohol sales at 'pocket money prices'

Thousands of lives could be saved if cheap alcoholic drinks were made more expensive, medical experts said.

Stormy winds disrupt schools and transport

Stormy winds battered parts of the UK today, causing widespread disruption to schools and transport, but respite from the severe conditions is expected tomorrow.

Jeremy Laurance: Why low alcohol prices are a matter of life and death

A senior doctor, now chairman of a large NHS trust, described to me a meeting he attended at No 10 of experts advising the Prime Minister on the perils faced by young people in the presence of alcohol. Sir Terry Leahy, the former boss of Tesco, was present, and he ferociously defended the right of supermarkets to charge what they like for alcohol. The price had no bearing on the amount people drank, he said. The doctor was outraged and launched a one man boycott of the supermarket. "I have never shopped in Tesco since," he said.

Labour tops Tories on donations

Labour outstripped the Tories in party fundraising over the summer by nearly 30%, the latest official figures show.

Geraldine Finucane: 'I felt so angry and insulted. It was cruel'

The widow of one of the most tragic victims of the Troubles tells David McKittrick of her fury with David Cameron
Derek McInnes faces a tough task

Burke gives new Robins manager baptism of fire

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McCoist gives backing to Whyte after TV accusations

Ally McCoist yesterday praised Craig Whyte and insisted his Rangers players were unaffected by the media storm which followed allegations made by the BBC about the Rangers owner on Thursday.

Salmond's secret plan to win Scottish independence

SNP leader wants a referendum to consider three options, including 'devolution max'

Blackburn fans plan another Steve Kean protest

Blackburn supporters are to stage another protest calling for manager Steve Kean to be sacked at Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at Ewood Park.

Mark Steel: Bankers: eight billion years in jail should do it

Instead of this pointless Vickers Report about how to sort out the banks, the investigation should have been carried out by Supernanny. She'd have sorted it.

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