British prime minister David  Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images 1:40

British prime minister David Cameron won a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades an(...)

A security van entering Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London, believed to be carrying Navinder Singh Sarao, the futures trader facing charges of contributing to the 2010 “flash crash”. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A UK futures trader operating out of a suburban London house is fighting extradition to the United States to face fraud charges, including allegations(...)

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his wife Mary Patricia O’Donnell. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Brian and Mary Patricia O’Donnell were, by any measure, among the most low-profile of the property developing set that invested heavily in bricks and (...)

Lord Stephen Green: Conservatives were condemned by Labour for not investigating the former HSBC chief executive before appointing him as a trade minister. Photograph: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

The British tax authorities settled cases against 1,000 people who had used Switzerland-based HSBC accounts to avoid taxes rather than prosecute them(...)

Greek PM Alexis Tsiparis is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  prior to a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, as part of his tour of European capitals.      Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrives in Brussels today for talks with the head of the European Commission and European Council, while finance (...)

David Cameron: trying to woo Ukip voters back to the Conservatives. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Ed Miliband went to Salford on Monday to declare that he would save the National Health Service and balance the UK’s budget with kindness. George Osbo(...)

Construction cranes over London: senior workers in the city’s financial services sector are expecting to see bigger bonuses this year

Senior workers in London’s financial services sector are expecting on average a 21 per cent rise in their bonus payouts for this year, despite pressur(...)

Alan Yarrow, the lord mayor of the City of London. “We have got to make sure that we have got friends in Europe”

Britain needs friends in Europe, says Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, who is becoming ever more concerned about the drift in the (...)

World-class fans

Fans were once essential fashion accessories on formal occasions but are now rarely used except by ladies of a certain age in Mediterranean countri(...)

European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Less than a month after assuming the helm at the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled his much awaited investment plan for Europe. Mi(...)