Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne at the Conservatice conference: he rejected claims he is targeting the poor. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has rejected calls from senior Conservatives to declare that the UK would quit the European Unio(...)

Mark Lanier is no ordinary trial lawyer. His success has been such that he lives on a 25-acre estate near Houston and hosts lavish parties for (...)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro’s international airport yesterday. Mr Miranda said he was questioned by six agents on his “entire life”. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

US officials did not ask the British government to question the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by US intelligence agency (...)

Former Tory leadership contender David Davis: “It would be very interesting for the Liberals – and indeed the Labour Party – to vote against giving the public a say on this matter.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron was last night under pressure to defy his Liberal Democrat coalition partners and stage a referendum on Europe before the next ge(...)

British Conservative MP Nigel Evans speaking to journalists in Pendleton, northern England yesterday. Mr Evans, who was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, said the allegations against him were “completely false”. Photograph: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

British Conservative MP Nigel Evans is to stand aside on a temporary basis as deputy speaker of the House of Commons as he fights “completely f(...)