Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon reacts after a positive result for her party at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Analysis: Mixed night for all parties, with Labour relieved at resilience in England

The Reading Room at the London Library in St James’s Square, London, in 1954: the library is the world’s largest independent lending library. Photograph:  Monte Fresco jnr/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

London Letter: Over 90% of books are on shelves, offering endless hours of browsing

British prime minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday; he exchanged smears and insults with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: PA Wire

Party leaders trade accusations linked to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Jeremy Corbyn unveils his party’s latest poster campaign in London yesterday, ahead of the local elections. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

British Labour Party leader says he will stand again if there is a challenge

Roger Casement: Executed for role in importing German weapons for 1916 Rising

Higgins remarks come ahead of musical ‘conversation between Ireland and Britain’

 Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool’s Saint George’s Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on Wednesday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Twenty-five years after a first discredited inquest, jurors last week found that the 96 people who were crushed to death at Hillsb(...)

Labour’s candidate for mayor of London Sadiq Khan  with supporters in Brixton, south London:  he would be the first Muslim to hold such a high-profile political office in Britain. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA Wire

London Letter: Labour’s candidate for mayor is a modern, pluralist, British Muslim

Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended from the Labour Party for comments made while defending Naz Shah – the suspended Labour MP – leaves Milbank Studios in London. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Former London mayor branded a ‘disgusting Nazi apologist’ after his Hitler ‘Zionist’ claim

Secretary general of the OECD Angel Gurría: “Brexit is like a tax. It is the equivalent to roughly missing out on about one month’s income within four years.” Photograph: EPA

A leave vote in Britain would reduce net immigration and lower house prices

A vigil for the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster is held outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Announcement comes as vigil held in Liverpool to commemorate the 96 victims

Relatives of the 96 who died at Hillsborough sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” after the jury delivered its verdict at the new inquests into the 1989 disaster. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Jury clears Liverpool fans of blame but finds police chief guilty of ‘gross negligence’

British justice secretary Michael Gove has attacked home secretary Theresa May’s calls for Britain to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.  “A far greater threat to our liberty and sovereignty is the European Court of Justice,” he said.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish businessman Niall Fitzgerald says ‘UK should be leading, not leaving’ EU

Jeremy Hunt: his handling of the dispute was discribed as “the political equivalent of pouring oil on to a blazing fire”.  Photograph: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Strike came after health secretary Jeremy Hunt rejected compromise proposed by MPs

Theresa May: says she is “no fan” of the EU’s charter of fundamental rights or the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

British home secretary says ECHR makes the United Kingdom ‘less secure’

US president Barack Obama:  “The UK would not be able to negotiate something with the United States faster than the EU. We wouldn’t abandon our efforts to negotiate a trade deal with our largest trading partner, the European market.” Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

US president says trade negotiation could take up to a decade if UK leaves the EU

London mayor  Boris Johnson has come under fire over his attack on the ‘part-Kenyan’  US president Barack Obama. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London mayor commented on the US president’s Kenyan ancestry amid Brexit visit

US president Barack Obama in London: “Maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon.” Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union, says US president

US president Barack Obama during a press conference with British prime minister David Cameron  at the foreign office in London on Friday: he gave a full-throated endorsement of the Remain side in the European Union. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

Analysis: US president’s intervention crowns disastrous week for the Leave campaign

Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter Princess Anne in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle. Photograph: Annie Leibovitz/AFP/Getty Images

Longest-reigning British monarch will unveil a plaque, go on a walkabout and receive praise

A plaque unveiled at Samuel Beckett’s former house in Chelsea. Nobel Laureate and physicist Patrick Blackett also lived at the house from 1953 to 1969. Photograph: PA

‘Staying in this town gives me little pleasure’, author said of city in 1934 letter to cousin

UK justice secretary Michael Gove has accused the Remain side of running an overwhelmingly negative and pessimistic Brexit campaign, portraying Britain as “beaten and broken”. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Justice secretary says Britain will not follow Norway or Canada, or rely on WTO rules

London mayor Boris Johnson in the vanguard of campaign for Britain to exit EU. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Economic risk most persuasive argument for voters shy of Brussels, writes Denis Staunton

 Stephen Crabb: The  British secretary of state for work and pensions said that, if a post- Brexit UK was relying on its membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to regulate trade with the EU, it would have to offer the same terms to all WTO members. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

British work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb warns of likely trade barriers

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: ‘Wages would be lower and prices would be higher.’ Photograph: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

Document assesses three scenarios and claims economy would shrink by 6%

France’s  economy minister Emmanuel Macron  (left) on The   Andrew Marr Show.  Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

Barack Obama planning to intervene in debate during visit to London this week

The London skyline. A new bus tour wants to show how money routed through secret accounts in places like the British Virgin Islands is later laundered through London’s  property market. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Bus tour visits London properties owned by dubious foreign oligarchs and officials

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Just imagine what the Tories would do to workers’ rights here in Britain if we voted to leave the EU in June. They’d dump rights on equal pay, working time, annual leave, for agency workers, and on maternity pay as fast as they could get away with it.” Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

British Labour Party leader cites ‘socialist case’ for remaining in European Union

John Whittingdale: Labour has called on him to withdraw from his role in regulating the press because he might be perceived as being compromised. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Four newspapers knew of relationship with dominatrix but did not publish the story

A Vote Leave campaign poster on a window ledge at the Vote Leave offices in London. The new designation means that Vote Leave will be allowed to spend up to £7 million during the campaign, can send out one mailshot to every household in the country and will be allocated political broadcast slots. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ukip donor behind rival Grassroots Out group to challenge Electoral Commission decision

Chancellor George Osborne:  described the IMF’s warning as the clearest independent warning yet of the danger posed by Brexit. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Brexit could severely disrupt trading relationships, says fund’s chief economist

 David Cameron makes a statement to the House of Commons over his personal finances after it emerged he had profited from an offshore fund.

British prime minister’s words had a sympathetic audience in fellow Conservatives

British prime minister David Cameron and his finance minister George Osborne in the houses of parliament in London on Monday: he told MPs it was “natural human instinct” for parents to help their children. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UK prime minister defends right to ‘make money lawfully’ in Commons’ address

Former British chancellor Nigel Lawson, chairman of Vote Leave campaign. File photograph: Dave M Benett/Getty Images

Conservatives say restrictions would be introduced if the UK votes to leave the EU

British prime minister, David Cameron: “It has not been a great week [concerning his late father’s offshore fund]. I know that I should have handled this better.” Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters/Files

PM to introduce offence for firms that fail to stop employees helping clients evade tax

Yanis Varoufakis: traces the origins of Europe’s crisis to 1971 in his new book. Photograph: milos bicanski/getty images

Former finance minister analyses crisis in book: ‘And the Weak Suffer what They Must?’

British prime minister David Cameron: YouGov poll shows him falling behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in public approval. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

PM has lost trust, says Labour, after admission over father’s offshore fund

 David Cameron joins students at the launch of the ‘Brighter Future In’ campaign bus at Exeter University in Devon, after he said he will “make no apology” for spending more than £9 million of taxpayers’ money on  pro-EU leaflets ahead of the referendum on Britain’s future membership. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

British prime minister says pro-EU booklets not only legal but ‘necessary and right’

David Cameron: “I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a very lucky person who had wealthy parents.” Photograph: Getty Images

PM and wife sold shares in Blairmore Holdings before Tory leader entered No 10

The pro-European Union pamphlet to be delivered to every household in Britain. Prime minister David Cameron can spend as much public money as he pleases until 28 days before the referendum on June 23rd. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Electoral commission says Cameron acting within rules amid outrage over £9m spend

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan calls on emigrants to get involved in campaign to keep the UK in EU

David Cameron embraces his father Ian in April, 2010. Photograph: Toby Melville

Ian Cameron ran Bahamian investment fund for 30 years that avoided paying British tax

David Cameron said Britain’s struggling steel industry could face EU tariffs if hte country voted to leave. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

UK prime minister makes case for staying in EU as poll suggests boost for Remain camp

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, prepares to try on a hat in a visit to a  charity shop in Holt, Norfolk, on  March 18th. She spent the previous day with her children instead of presenting the St Patrick’s Day shamrock to the Irish Guards. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/Reuters

The more relaxed approach of younger royals is not always appreciated

British prime minister David Cameron: has cited security co-operation as one of the most important benefits of Britain’s EU membership. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Ukip’s opportunism aside, the issue of intelligence is central to terror debate

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne.  His disability cuts in the budget proved the final straw for welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned on March 18th. Photograph: AFP Photo

British prime minister refuses to apologise for £4.4bn in cuts to disability benefits

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne leaves 11 Downing Street in London, England. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Leading Tory admits proposed reductions in disability benefits were a mistake

French president François Hollande with prime minister Manuel Valls: “We are facing a global threat that requires a global answer,” he said. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Britain and France step up border controls as Pope denounces ‘blind violence’

 David Cameron and his chancellor George Osborne were among the plotters who pushed Ian Duncan Smith out of the Conservative leadership in 2003 and his successor Michael Howard rewarded both with senior positions. Photograph: AP Photo

Duncan Smith exit sure to convince Cameron foes of wounded PM and damaged Osborne

David Cameron addressed the House of Commons, praising Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned over government policy, and praising  chancellor of the exchequer Osborne, who abandoned some proposed welfare cuts.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British PM denies rift with George Osborne, and says Conservatives are ‘compassionate’

Former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Cameron allies say his resignation was prompted by his pro-Brexit stance. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Former Conservative leader resigns from post after cuts to disability benefit announced

George Osborne has promised to eliminate Britain’s budget deficit by 2020 despite a cut in economic growth forecasts and rapidly shrinking fiscal room for manoeuvre. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Obsborne to consult disability groups about impact of proposed €1bn reduction

The Constitutional Convention recommended in 2013 that Irish citizens abroad should be allowed to vote in Irish elections

Ireland’s prohibition is unusual – 120 countries allow their citizens abroad to vote

Mayor of London Boris Johnson during a Vote Leave campaign event at the Europa Worldwide freight company in Dartford, Kent. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Wherever green is worn in London, the talk is of which way the EU vote will go

British chancellor George Osborne: a nimble politician who has missed targets and retreated from unpopular policy decisions in the past without paying a political price. Photograph: EPA

George Osborne says Britain resilient enough to deal with all the challenges

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has announced higher borrowing and £3.5 billion in extra spending cuts by 2020, with his country’s economy set to grow much more slowly than previously forecast.

Levy on sugary drinks as taxes on small business are reduced

George Osborne will use Wednesday’s budget to announce ambitious plans to improve transport infrastructure in London and the north of England.

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer to announce new rail link as part of budget

Fiona Dawson of Mars (centre) shows Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip around a Mars plant in Slough, southeast England. Ms Dawson cites Mary Robinson as a strong role model. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Total rose by 13% to more than 60,000 last year, ‘Foreign Directors’ report shows

EU commissioner Peter  Mandelson: He will tell the British Irish Chamber of Commerce that the potential impact on Northern Ireland “and by extension, the Republic of Ireland” goes beyond economics and concerns the future balance of the UK. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty

Former Northern Ireland secretary to highlight threat of reimposing ‘hard borders’

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall: he and Cambridge history professor Eugenio Biagini have revisited Conor Cruise O’Brien’s 1960 book The Shaping of Modern Ireland  with The Shaping of Modern Ireland – A Centenary Assessment

Gathering looks at reception of the 1916 Rising everywhere from Iceland to China

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to workers about the benefits of Britain staying in the EU, during a visit to Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant. Photograph: Andrew Yates/PA Wire

‘Lost jobs and a dented economy might be collateral damage,’ says British PM

 The Sun newspaper published a story indicating that Queen Elizabeth II was backing a British exit from the EU on its front page. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

‘The Sun’ published report claiming monarch told Nick Clegg of doubts about EU in 2011

The formation of Irish4Europe comes as pro-EU campaigners express concern that a Brexit’s implications for Ireland are being overlooked in the debate. Photograph:  Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Brexit poses enormous problems, former chancellor Ken Clarke tells Dublin audience

Mayor of London Boris Johnson leaves a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. He had earlier rescinded a call for senior staff in his office to back the his call for Britain to leave the EU or remain silent. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Mayor of London denies staff have been ‘gagged’ on issue of Britain’s EU membership

John Longworth, former directorgeneral of the British Chambers of Commerce, who resigned after being suspended for saying the UK would be “better off” outside the European Union, according to reports. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

British Chambers of Commerce boss had been suspended over EU stance

 Nancy Reagan: The first lady   had raised eyebrows as soon as she arrived in Washington by spending more than $800,000 on a lavish redecoration of the White House. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Reagan was instrumental in hiring and firing many of Ronald Reagan’s top staffers

George Galloway, a leading figure in the campaign to secure a British exit from the EU, and one of the most polarising politicians in the UK. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Leave side’s ideas chime with anti-establishment attitudes in play

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond. “At different times the various Leave campaigns have suggested over 20 different models to choose from.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

All alternatives to EU membership leave Britain worse off, says government report

Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood denied he sought to politicise the queen. Photograph: PA Wire

Claim queen and prince were urged to get involved in Scottish and EU votes

 Home secretary Theresa May: “Bill provides the public and parliament with greater confidence that there are robust measures in place to ensure that the powers are subject to world-leading safeguards.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Bill allows force to obtain internet connection records for a ‘specific investigation’

Mayor of London Boris Johnson answers questions about the upcoming EU referendum on Brexit on a visit to Boomer Industries on Monday in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

During NI visit Boris Johnson dismisses fears, saying North has all to gain from exit

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon giving a speech on the EU to the Resolution Foundation at St John’s Smith Square in London. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Cameron running ‘relentless campaign of fear’, says pro-Brexit minister

David Cameron: ‘I’m clear that the people of Northern Ireland, and the whole UK, are better off in a reformed European Union.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

British prime minister highlights importance of the EU to Northern Irish farmers

British prime minister David Cameron takes questions from employees at BAE Systems in Preston on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

PM warns that new deal curbing welfare benefits will not stand if UK votes to leave

In the current referendum campaign, the more romantic advocates of leaving the EU look to the former empire as a better alternative to Europe, a diverse, global community with Britain at its centre. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

London Letter: Exhibitions at two galleries are taking a look at how Britain views itself

Lord Ashcroft’s EU-wide poll found that Ireland was among the most enthusiastic members of the European Union. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Polling across Europe finds Irish people to be among Britain’s most sympathetic partners

David Cameron: until the deal he made is enshrined in the EU treaty it could still be open to challenge in the European Court of Justice. Photograph: AP

Britain’s justice secretary says deal struck by Cameron is not legally binding

David Cameron has called the Brexit referendum for  June.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Research shows greater enthusiasm in North for ‘Remain’ campaign

British prime minister David Cameron speaks about the UK’s position in  the European Union to workers and guests at the headquarters of O2 on February 23rd, 2016 in Slough, United Kingdom. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Cameron says membership referendum more important than any general election

 London Mayor Boris Johnson and  David Cameron: the  prime minister alluded to Johnson’s disorderly personal life and  questioned his motives for joining the Leave campaign. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

PM’s savaging of Boris Johnson a thrilling start to four months of Conservative civil war

Prime minister David Cameron addresses MPs in the House of Commons in London, to lay out his case for staying in the European Union.  Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister says he has no other agenda than what is best for the country

London mayor Boris Johnson:  “There is only one way to get the change we need, and that is to vote to go.” Photograph: Reuters

Tory heavyweight praises Cameron’s deal efforts, but says concessions insufficient

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announcing that he will campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

As Boris Johnson joins ‘leave’ campaign, prime minister sets out case against exiting EU

British prime minister David Cameron meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny  the sidelines of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/EPA

‘His party is divided, his cabinet as well,’ Enda Kenny says of British PM’s situation

British prime minister David Cameron waves as he leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels early on Saturday. Mr Cameron said he would campaign with all his ‘heart and soul’ for Britain to stay in the European Union after he secured a deal in Brussels which offered his country ‘special status’. Reuters/Yves Herman

Compromise allows Britain to impose ‘emergency brake’ on welfare for seven years

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for takes a break in negotiations during the second day of the EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government would continue to make their views known about the unique status of Irish citizens living(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron during the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/EPA

Brexit talks: Government will use common travel area to argue for dispensation

European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron during an EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

Taoiseach says he will ‘strongly defend’ the rights of Irish workers in Britain

Britiain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond is interviewed on February 14th the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.  Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Denis Staunton: Edinburgh keen to give broadcaster control of €323m licence revenue

British PM David Cameron and EU Council president Donald Tusk at a meeting prior to the EU summit at headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

British PM seeks to present talks as agreement could benefit entire European Union

David Cameron: The erosion of the principle of free movement and equal treatment of EU citizens is the price we are being asked to pay to keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

Divisions run deep over British plans on payments for children living abroad

The EU and the Union  flags at EU headquarters in Brussels ahead of a two-day summit  to hammer out a deal designed to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Cameron has backing of most powerful countries in reform negotiations

 Humza Yousaf:   He said  that emphasising issues such as migration and focusing on the risks involved in leaving the EU could prove disastrous. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Humza Yousaf warns Tories on Brexit scaremongering focused on negativity

British prime minister David Cameron: his decision reflects  growing confidence in London that the meeting will bring agreement over Brexit. Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters

Meeting will be on Friday if he secures a renegotiation deal at summit in Brussels

Pope John Paul II in 1974.  The Panorama programme is based on more than 350 letters Pope John Paul wrote to Ms Tymieniecka between 1973, when he was archbishop of Krakow, and a few months before he died in 2005. Photograph: Rudi Frey/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Vatican dismisses BBC documentary claims about Polish pope as ‘more smoke than fire’

Kathy Etchingham: Former girlfriend of US guitarist Jimi Hendrix sits in the flat she once share with him in London. Photograph: EPA

Brook Street home affords priceless insight into talismanic musician as a young man

Junior doctors protest outside the department of health in London at the British government’s intention to impose new contracts. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Doctors to consider ‘all options’ after health secretary Jeremy Hunt announces move

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting in London. British MPs have criticised the Taoiseach’s intervention in the EU referendum debate, condemning as ‘scaremongering’ his warning about the potentially negative impact of a Brexit on the peace process in the North. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire.

Taoiseach’s comments on impact of EU exit on North condemned as ‘scaremongering’

British prime minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Terry Wogan in the House of Commons, describing how he grew up listening to the broadcaster, who died of cancer last month. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire.

British prime minister says he feels like he grew up with late Limerick born broadcaster

Jeremy Corbyn is at odds with much of his party over future of the nuclear deterrent

Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, right, and British prime minister David Cameron   in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 5th. Photograph: Niels Hougaard/AP Photo via Polfoto

Denmark welcomes proposal for high immigration countries to limit welfare pay

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