Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond holds a Q&A session with youngsters during a visit to the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow

For more than two years the debate on Scottish independence has raged: often bitter, frequently contradictory and sometimes confusing.Over the last co(...)

Former attorney general of England and Wales Dominic Grieve, who  said  Britain risks “serious international reputational damage” with a proposal to allow MPs a veto over rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

The fire alarm went off thunderously in the early hours of a morning in Exeter College in Oxford a few years ago, forcing out of bed those who had gat(...)

Teenagers in Britain today are less likely than their predecessors  to have taken illegal drugs, smoked, or taken alcohol, according to statistics just published.  Photograph: David Jones/PA

British teenage pregnancies have fallen to their lowest level since records began while teenage boys and girls are less likely than their predecessor(...)

PPeaches Geldof: her husband became suspicious she had resumed her drug habit when he found texts on her phone. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Peaches Geldof, the journalist, model and aid campaigner, had resumed taking heroin three months before she was found lying dead in the family home in(...)

Marina Litvinenko, wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, at a press conference in London yesterday: “I am relieved and delighted with this decision. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The fatal poisoning in London of a former KGB agent who had become a public critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin is to be investigated by a publ(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said “no political philosophy today will achieve support unless it focuses on individual empowerment, not collective control”. Photograph: PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair warned Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the middle-ground of politics, saying that voters hurt by the ec(...)

David  Cameron told MPs the international community has “not done enough” to show that Russia’s actions in the Ukraine, including the seizure of the Crimea, “cannot be allowed to stand”. Photograph: Getty

Russian president Vladimir Putin must immediately stop supporting pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists and help recover the bodies of those killed in th(...)

February 24th, 1912: The Austrio-Hungarian minister for foreign affairs, Count Leopold Anthony Johann Berchtold. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Austro-Servian Crisis A Press Campaign Settling Up Outstanding Differences The diplomatic and Press campaign undertaken by Austria-Hungary (...)

Actress Susan Hampshire joins supporters of a bill legalising assisted dying holding placards outside Parliament in Westminster.

Now 84, Roger Elton, the 2nd Baron Elton, spoke quietly in the House of Lords yesterday, during a passionate debate on legislation that would, if pass(...)

Lady Justice Hallett: said right of appeal to the court of appeal existed. Photograph:   Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The British government will not challenge the decision not to try John Downey for the Hyde Park bombings even though the attorney general who made th(...)