Ukip leader Nigel Farage  said he has been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7th British general election. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s anti-EU Ukip, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back (...)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron after visiting a nursery during the election campaign, in south London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

English MPs must be given powers to pass legislation affecting only English voters, such as tax rates, the Conservatives have said, pledging to begin (...)

“I think it would be a gross exaggeration to say that the outcome of the summit is anything like satisfactory in terms of saving lives,” said Peter Sutherland, speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The Irish special representative for international migration in the UN Peter Sutherland says EU countries are more concerned with stopping smugglers i(...)

Under pressure: British prime minister and Conservative leader David Cameron on the campaign trail. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron is not a man much given to introspection, it often seems. Blessed with a happy, comfortable childhood, he has always approached life con(...)

Migrants are transported to the armed forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett. Up to 900 people may have died in last Sunday’s disaster off the coast of Libya.  Photograph: Reuters 1:00

Ireland is to participate for the first time in an EU search and rescue mission, following the Government’s decision to send a fully crewed ship to th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Republic is to contribute a fully crewed and equipped ship to search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

London mayor Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron join a hand-printing session with children at the Advantage children’s daycare nursery in  Surbiton, England. The pair have set their sights on the Scottish National Party recently. Photograph: Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The message is everywhere from David Cameron, even on the gaily coloured sofas so beloved of mid-morning televisions studios. Be afraid, be very afrai(...)

UK Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps. UK prime minister David Cameron has defended Mr Shapps over claims he edited his own Wikipedia page and those of other Tories. File photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

David Cameron has come to the defence of Grant Shapps after the Conservative Party chairman was accused of anonymously editing his own entry and those(...)

Head of BBC2 Kim Shillinglaw has said former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will be back on the BBC.  File photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson “will be back on the BBC”, according to one of the corporation’s leading executives.BBC2 head Kim Shillinglaw, wh(...)