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(...)

 Justice Lowell Goddard: “The naming of people that have been responsible for the sexual abuse of children or institutions that have been at fault in failing to protect children from abuse, is a core aspect of the inquiry’s function.” Photograph: Home Office/PA Wire

People guilty of abusing children, or failing to intervene in abuse, will be publicly shamed, the head of a British public inquiry has declared. She(...)

Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans to force through changes to House of Commons rules that would deny full voting rights to(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron congratulates chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne after he delivered his budget yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, is a lover of backgammon, a game that depends on strategy and luck, but one that also require(...)

 Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivering  his budget to the House of Commons yesterday. Photograph: Reuters 1:50

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has taken full advantage of the Conservative Party’s House of Commons majority to produce one of(...)