Tony Blair has criticised David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate the terms of the United Kingdom’s EU membership in a referendum by the end of 2017. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Britain leaving the European Union would be viewed as an “extraordinary act of self-destruction”, Tony Blair has said.The former prime minister said (...)

British prime minister David Cameron: insisted he was “very confident” the pledge on Scottish devolution he made with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg would be met. Photograph: PA Wire

Debates about Scotland in the House of Commons usually attract slightly more members than those on Northern Ireland.Yesterday the green benches had a (...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is congratulated by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon following his speech today at the annual party conference at Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scots must get all of the home rule powers pledged by Westminster before September’s independence referendum or else they “will take it”, Scotland’s f(...)

Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she is formally announced as the new Scottish National Party  leader at the party conference in Perth today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Nicola Sturgeon has today been elected without a challenger as leader of the Scottish National Party, just days before she will take over in Edinburgh(...)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on the British economy and his leadership in London on Thursday. He set himself the task of reminding his MPs what he was about, and what the party was for. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

If you want to hear a politician lift their oratory, push their back against the wall. It took a mix of cabinet rebellion and economic slump to provok(...)

Irish Ambassador to London Dan Mulhall at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service. Photograph Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Everything about the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London are minutely planned, down to the positioning of dignita(...)

Ed Miliband, whose leadership is under fresh pressure amid claims of a plot to oust him and an attack by the left-wing magazine New Statesman. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has rejected as “nonsense” charges that his MPs have lost faith in his leadership and want him to quit. Howev(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband speaking to Johann Lamont who has  resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, accusing the Westminster leadership of treating the party in Scotland as a “branch (...)

Labour leader Ed Milliband and MP for Heywood and Middleton Liz McInnes meet people on the steps of Heywood library. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Heywood is a relatively undistinguished district on the outskirts of Rochdale, but, in its time, it has made its mark on the political landscape of Br(...)

Ukip candidate Douglas Carswell (left) is congratulated by the Conservative Party candidate Giles Watling (centre) after winning the byelection in Clacton-on-Sea in eastern England this morning. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The UK Independence Party has trounced the Conservatives in one byelection and run Labour to just over 600 votes in another once-safe seat, in results(...)