Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind has been caught in a  sting apparently offering their services to a private lobbying firm for payment. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to quit as head of Westminster’s security intelligence watchdog following a sting (...)

The headquarters of HSBC  in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The British government is close to a deal with the French authorities that will allow it to use previously leaked Swiss bank files to prosecute banke(...)

Famine statue in Dublin: a debate hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival about comedy and censorship was dominated by ‘Hungry’, a not-yet written commission for Channel 4 about the Famine. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Comedy can live long in the memory. Charlie Walsh, who left Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, for London in the early 1970s, remembers when jokes mocking th(...)

A Traveller bride featured in Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Photograph: Kieran Clancy

The British broadcasting regulator “dealt meticulously” with complaints from Irish travellers about Channel 4’s My Big, Fat Gypsy Wedding before it re(...)

In 2013, 6,233 people took their own lives,  Office for National Statistics records show

Suicide rates among men in England and Wales are running at their highest level for 15 years, reversing a 30-year decline that stopped in 2007, accor(...)

The logo of HSBC bank. The Daily Telegraph’s departing political commentator, Peter Oborne complained this week that it had failed to cover tax evasion allegations against the bank for fear it would lose the institution’s advertising. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Tim Butcher, who last year published a fine book on Gavrilo Princip, the assassin whose bullet set the fire that led to the first World War, began his(...)

The DUP will seek a judicial review of a decision by the BBC to exclude it from a party leaders’ debate ahead of the general election. The DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said the broadcaster’s decision was “unlawful and irrational”. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Democratic Unionist Party has begun legal proceedings against the BBC over its refusal to include it in a TV party leaders’ debate in the United K(...)

David Cameron: despite all  the British rhetoric, it has just three soldiers in Iraq’s Kurdish regions and just eight RAF Tornados deployed against Islamic State – only two of which are able to fly at any one time. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The cancellation filled only a couple of paragraphs in the morning papers last week: “France’s foreign minister cancels London visit due to Ukraine ta(...)

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been advised to treat e-cigarettes  “like any other nicotine product”. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

E-cigarettes are to be banned from nearly all of Scotland’s hospitals, including all of their grounds, by April, in a move that has been criticised b(...)

In a bid to fight off plain packaging, tobacco companies have voiced support for health warnings to cover nearly the entire packet

The manufacturers of Benson and Hedges increased the sales of one of its brands in 2007 by nearly €100 million-a-year in the United Kingdom on the bac(...)