Paul O’Shea. Photograph: London Metropolitan Police

An Irish heroin addict has been given a minimum 32-year jail term for the hammer and knife killing of two men in a London flat. Paul O’Shea (37), from(...)

David Cameron waits to greet his Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at Number 10 Downing Street yesterday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

MPs sitting yesterday on the terrace in the Houses of Parliament in the sultry heat of July could be seen occasionally flicking through images on thei(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers: ‘The situation is grave.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Public services in Northern Ireland will run into “significant problems” by September if there is no agreement between its parties about the scale o(...)

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 ((...)