Mary Creagh MP, Tristam Hunt MP, and Liz Kendall MP speak at the Progress annual conference, at TUC Congress House, central London, as they bid for leadership of the Labour Party. Photograph:  Laura Lean/PA Wire

Just weeks ago, Leicester Labour MP Liz Kendall was little noticed inside the Houses of Parliament but utterly unknown to the British public at large.(...)

Acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman (front) with some of the newly elected Labour MPs  in Westminster, central London, this week. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Britain’s major trade unions have been given months to sign up their members to vote in September’s election for the Labour Party leadership to repla(...)

Acting leader of UK Labour Harriet Harman. Ms Harman has announced the party’s new shadow cabinet after last week’s general election. Photograph: Danny E Martindale/Getty Images

Acting UK Labour leader Harriet Harman has announced the line-up of her new shadow cabinet, filling gaps left by the party’s disappointing showing in (...)

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and Peter Mandelson on The Andrew Marr Show. “The awful, shocking thing about this election is Labour could have won it,” Mandelson said. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Len McCluskey, the combative leader of Britain’s largest union, Unite, issued a message to voters on the eve of polling, telling them the Labour Party(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband following his resignation speech in the wake of his party’s defeat. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

MARK HENNESSYLondon EditorLord Stewart Wood stood at the side of the room; unshaven, grey-faced, exhausted. Around him, Labour Party staff who had wor(...)

 David Cameron’s car arrives at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he  will meet  Queen Elizabeth II to confirm his second term as prime minister.Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images. 1:40

Greeting the dawn, even Boris Johnson seemed, for once, lost for words, declaring that the Conservatives, by then on the verge of winning a House of C(...)

Britain’s political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of Thursday’s knife-edge election. Photograph: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

By Friday, Labour’s campaign chief Douglas Alexander may be Britain’s foreign secretary. Or he may be jobless, beaten by a 20-year-old Scottish Nation(...)

British chancellor George Osborne accepted that public scepticism and “fatigue” is growing about the election offerings of all parties.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The borrowing and spending plan of all of the main British parties in the general election leave voters “in the dark” about the spending cuts and t(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Scottish National Party of being in “an unholy alliance”. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who faces major losses in Scotland in May’s general election, has accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of “an unholy (...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband during a speech at Jaguar Land Rover, Wolverhampton, on Monday, where he sought to lay out Labour’s industrial strategy in advance of the general election in May. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

For decades, the British car industry typified the country’s manufacturing decline, with its falling productivity and endlessly fractious industrial r(...)