Business secretary Sajid Javid has has cleared the way for employers to use temporary agency workers to replace strikers. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The toughest curbs on British trade unions for a generation have been unveiled by the Conservative government, which insists that major public serv(...)

An anti-fox hunting protester holds a smoke flare outside the Houses of Parliament in London. The British government has a postponed a vote on fox-hunting until after the summer break. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The Scottish National Party’s decision to vote against plans to relax England’s fox-hunting laws directly contradicts declarations made by the Scott(...)

Thames House in Millbank, London. The headquarters of MI5 since December 1994.

A legal bid by IRA informer Martin McGartland, who claims that British intelligence agency MI5 failed to properly protect him after he was exposed, mu(...)

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of s(...)

Funeral directors were four times more likely to die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as people never exposed to formaldehyde. Photograph: Getty Images

Funeral directors may be at greater risk of suffering progressive neurological diseases because of the use of formaldehyde in embalming, according to (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has already told his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, that London will not tolerate its €1 billion share of the fund being used to offer a bridging loan to Athens. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The British government will reject efforts by euro zone countries to use a budget funded by all 28 states to help rescue Greece, following signals f(...)

Former Ukip MEP Ashley Mote  was jailed for five years for a £400,000  fraud on his European Parliament expenses. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A former British UK Independence Party (Ukip) MEP, Ashley Mote, has been jailed in London for five years for a “breathtakingly dishonest” £400,000 ((...)

British prime minister David Cameron: opponents argue he is trying to end the outright ban on fox-hunting by deceit. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs will today vote against plans to soften the 10-year-old ban on fox-hunting in England, in a move likely to fuel Con(...)

Londoners queue for buses during a Tube drivers strike. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sometimes, companies are given an open door and, yet, they can fail to walk through it, judging by the different attitudes adopted by Uber and a small(...)

Welfare cuts contained in the new budget of British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (above, holding budget case), which will reduce payments to large families, will disproportionately hit poor  Catholics, a British Labour MP has claimed. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s multi-billion welfare cuts, which will reduce payments made to large families, will disproportion(...)