The leader of Britain’s United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), Nigel Farage (centre), celebrates with well-wishers during a stop at a pub to greet newly elected councillors in Basildon, southern England yesterday. Photograph:  Andrew Winning/Reuters.

British voters will “live with the consequences for years” if they fail to switch their votes to the Tories, George Osborne warned as he said the part(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  used the word “muppets” during a furious exchange at prime minister’s questions over the part-privatisation of the Royal Mail, during which Ed Miliband branded him “the dunce of Downing Street” and accused him of selling off the company at “mates’ rates” to his friends in the City. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has defended his use of the word “muppets” to describe Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed (...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (centre) has today insisted there will be no currency union with Scotland if it votes in favour of independence. Photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

UK chancellor George Osborne has dismissed the idea of a currency union with an independent Scotland. The comments came as the governme(...)

The British government’s key decision in Wednesday’s budget – to make major changes to private pension rules – serves an economic and a politic(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne stunned the pensions industry by announcing plans to give people far more freedom to choose what they do with their pension pot. Photograph: Bloomberg

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne yesterday unveiled the biggest pensions revolution for almost a century, in a budget aimed a(...)

All eyes on 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne’s Budget speech in the House of Commons later today. Photogaph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will lay out a budget today focused on securing Britain’s economic recovery and rebutting opposition(...)

  The Co-op, which can trace its roots back to 1844, has long-standing political links with the Co-operative Party, which has been affiliated to the opposition Labour Party since the 1920s. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Is asking for advice a sign of weakness or a display of strength; a refreshing willingness to listen to new views or a sign that you have no id(...)

The Conservatives hold the majority of seats along the southern end of the proposed HS2 high-speed train route, seats that will be crucial if the party is to have any chance of single-party rule after the next British general election. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

In times past, British monarchs had to keep a close eye on the barons in the shires, fearful that any change in loyalty threatened disaster to their h(...)

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne makes a speech on the state of the UK economy at a construction site of offices and ‘affordable homes’ in east London on Monday.

Britain’s economy “is turning a corner”, chancellor George Osborne claimed yesterday in a speech designed to heap pressure on his political opponents (...)

David Cameron listens to Nick Clegg at  a political meeting last year. The referendum proposal was left out of the queen’s speech as the Liberal Democrats would not accept it. Photograph: Reuters

Conservative party MPs, comprising those who are strongly Eurosceptic or those prepared to stay in the European Union only if the United Kingdom gets (...)