Seconds out. Parliament dissolved. The queen has given her approval – although she has no formal role in the dissolution – and the bout is finally on.(...)

A car carrying British prime minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after he  had a private audience with  Queen Elizaberth to formalise the dissolution of parliament in London on Monday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images.

Campaigning in Britain’s closest election in decades ramped up on Monday after prime minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and Russian president Vladimir Putin cuddle koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting in November 2014. Photograph: Andrew Taylor/G20 Australia/Getty Images

The personal details of world leaders such as US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron, including passport numbers and visa (...)

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Milliband speaks during Labour’s spring rally in Birmingham, central England. In a full-page advert in the Financial Times newspaper  Labour warns the threat of a British exit from the EU is “the biggest risk to British business”. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Britain’s opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say on Monday that prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on European Union me(...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scottish voters to make Scotland’s voice “heard like before” in Westminster in May’s United Kingdom (...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

The future of British politics?: Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has his eye on David Cameron’s job. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Enoch Powell was wrong to say that all political careers end in failure. But for a leader to leave politics with his or her reputation relatively inta(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to renew pressure on the British government to agree to an inquiry into the August 1971 Ballymurphy killings which resulted in 11 killings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to renew pressure on the British government to agree to an inquiry into the August 1971 Ballymurphy killings which re(...)

 William Hague  and John Bercow. Mr Hague has been accused of a “squalid” and “shabby” move to make it easier for Tory MPs to oust Mr Bercow as the Commons speaker after the election. Photograph: PA

John Bercow is the sort of man who tends to annoy people: he is prickly about his small stature, assertive and sure of the worth of his own opinions a(...)

US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman , secretary of state John Kerry, secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, EU political director Helga Schmid, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at a meeting yesterday.

, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia yesterday in an apparent effort to break an impasse h(...)