Sources tell ITV News a former Chinese politician will now face criminal charges in connection with the cover-up of a Briton's murder.
A former police chief on trial in China after blowing the whistle on the death of a UK businessman could avoid the death penalty.
Gu Kailai could be freed from jail within 10 years after being found guilty of killing British business consultant Neil Heywood.
Chinese state media announced today that party congress to select new leaders will be held on November 8.
Congress occurs once every five years, this year leader Hu Jintao will step down after ten years as party boss. He will be replaced by Xi Jinping.
China's government has expelled disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai from the Communist Party and said it would hand him over for criminal investigation accused of multiples crimes.
Bo's wife and his former police chief have both been jailed over the scandal stemming from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in the southwestern city of Chongqing, where Bo was Communist Party chief.
A statement by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua said Bo has "abused his powers of office, committed serious errors and bears a major responsibility".
Bo will face charges for corruption, abuse of power, bribe taking and improper relations with a number of women.
"Bo Xilai's actions created grave repercussions, and massively damaged the reputation of the party and the state," said the statement.
Chinese state media has announced that disgraced senior Communist party member Bo Xilai has been expelled from the party, and will face criminal charges of corruption, abuse of power, bribe taking and improper relations with a number of women.
Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for defecting and other crimes.
He sparked a political scandal when he disclosed the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
The Chinese ex-police chief who sparked a divisive political scandal when he disclosed the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood has been jailed for 15 years.
Wang Lijuan was convicted of defection, abuse of power, and other crimes after visiting the US consulate in Chengdu in February and revealing that Mr Heywood, who was found dead in November, had been murdered and that the wife of his boss, senior politician Bo Xilai, was involved.
Gu Kailai was handed a suspended death sentence last month for poisoning Heywood with cyanide in the south-western city of Chongqing, where her husband was chief of the Communist Party.
Wang was sentenced today at the Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu, China's official Xinhua news agency said.
He received a lighter term than the 20 years set out in the sentencing guidelines because of his help in exposing the central element in the scandal.
Former Chinese police chief Wang Lijun gets 15 years in jail for defecting and other crimes.
The trial of ex-police chief Wang Lijun at the centre of a divisive political scandal in China has ended, bringing the country's leadership closer to resolving a case that exposed infighting and hit plans for a transfer of power to new leaders.
Wang's admission over Chinese politician Bo Xilai's involvement in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood lead to Bo being ousted from the communist leadership and his wife's conviction for murder.
China says the former police chief at the heart of the country's biggest political scandal in years has been charged with defection, power abuse, and bribe taking.
This led to the dismissal of the city's powerful communist party boss Bo Xilai and the conviction of Bo's wife for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
The official Xinhua News Agency gave no immediate details about the charges against Lijun, but the announcement indicates a trial will come soon, moving the scandal closer to a resolution before a key transition to a new generation of national leaders this autumn.