Referendum Commission chairman Kevin Cross responds to questions on the same-sex marriage referendum.

As the same-sex marriage referendum campaign enters its final week, Referendum Commission chairman and High Court judge Mr Justice Kevin Cross respond(...)

Theresa Villiers (top, with Lady Tina Stowell,  leader of  House of Lords)  the Northern Ireland secretary  at 10 Downing Street: David Cameron previously pledged to scrap the UK’s Human Rights Act and his majority makes it easier for him to do so. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The Government has serious concerns that London could breach the terms of the Belfast Agreement if prime minister David Cameron carries through on a p(...)

Graham Dwyer’s legal team will submit the grounds of appeal - the points of law on which it is seeking reappraisal in the courts - in the coming weeks, after which the prosecution will file its response.

Graham Dwyer’s appeal against his conviction for the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara may be heard before the end of the year. Lawyers for Dwy(...)

 A Marriage Equality poster featuring campaigners Grainne Healy  and Denise Charlton. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“I voted for civil partnership out of recognition that gay and straight people are equal citizens who deserve to have their loving relationships re(...)

Newly elected SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black greets defeated Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

In the end it was swift and brutal. Douglas Alexander, the hardened career politician who had engineering Labour’s national election campaign, stood a(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaicin Edinburgh The Scottish National Party has redrawn the political map of Britain with a landslide victory that all but wiped out L(...)

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy gives a gracious speech after failing to be re-elected as a member of parliament for East Renfrewshire.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Reuters

1. NuneatonAll eyes were on this midlands seat, one of the first of the battlegrounds to declare a result, for an early indication of trends in key ma(...)

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty 1:45

The Scottish National Party is on course for a historic landslide after a spectacular surge for Nicola Sturgeon’s party all but wiped out Labour north(...)

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, (right), and the party’s candidate for Rhondda, Shelley Rees-Owen,  after casting their votes on Thursday. The party failed to make a breakthrough, staying on three seats. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Conservative Party has had its best election result in Wales in more than 30 years - while Welsh nationalists failed to make a breakthrough. The T(...)

Comedian Eddie Izzard and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on the British general election campaign trail in Glasgow on Monday. Many Catholics in Scotland have stuck by Labour in the face of the nationalists’ surge, but some are disillusioned over the party’s stance on independence. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Two stadiums, two radically different views of the upheaval in Scottish politics. Parkhead and Ibrox are just a few kilometres apart, but in the heart(...)