BBC News - UK
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
Tory MP Carswell defects to UKIP
Tory MP Douglas Carswell has defected to the UK Independence Party - and says he will seek re-election in Clacton at a by-election.
'Significant' rise in migration to UK
There has been a "statistically significant" increase in net migration into the UK - which reached 243,000 in the year up to March, figures show.
Abuse police face fresh criticism
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal faces fresh criticism for failing to record crimes against children properly.
'Deeply elitist UK locks out talent'
The UK is "deeply elitist" according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.
Rooney named new England captain
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is named new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson.
Ebola vaccine to be tested in UK
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.
PM: UK 'supports million Scots jobs'
The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs.
HMS Illustrious taken out of service
HMS Illustrious is taken out of service at the Portsmouth Naval Base after 32 years.
NHS complaints rise to 480 every day
The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, according to official data.
Easyjet plane in emergency landing
An Easyjet plane carrying 157 passengers makes an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after smoke was detected in the cockpit.
UK Jews and Muslims issue peace call
The Jewish Board of Deputies and Muslim Council of Britain issue an unprecedented joint statement calling for peace and condemning prejudice.
Labour plans technical universities
Labour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to create a hi-tech, high-income economy.
English children's lives 'less happy'
English children are less happy and satisfied than youngsters in developing countries, a new survey suggests.
Health boss claimed £30,000 expenses
The £232,000-a-year chief executive of two health trusts claimed up to £30,000 in hotel and transport expenses over the past 16 months, it emerges.
DVLA prints cut out and keep tax disc
Drivers will have to cut out their own vehicle tax discs during the death throes of the paper system, because the DVLA has run out of perforated paper.