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(...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

Former UK Labour cabinet minister Roy Mason, who served as Northern Ireland secretary at the height of the Troubles, has died aged 91. Photograph: PA Wire.

Former UK Labour cabinet minister Roy Mason, who served as Northern Ireland secretary at the height of the Troubles, has died aged 91.Dan Jarvis, Labo(...)

David Cameron: “They don’t believe in the Westminster parliament, they don’t believe in the United Kingdom. They would not be coming to Westminster to help our country. They are coming to Westminster to break up our country.” Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has warned that a Labour/Scottish National Party alliance threatens the break-up of the United Kingdom, less than(...)

Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

Nicola Sturgeon, who was applauded by a London audience during a BBC-hosted TV debate when she criticised Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Truth is the first casualty in war, but the same applies to politics. This has been graphically illustrated during the British election campaign, as a(...)

 Ed Miliband looks on as Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett and Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon embrace after the “BBC Challengers’ Election Debate”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFp

The Challenger’s Debate hosted by the BBC took place on Thursday at Central Hall Westminster hosted by David Dimbley. The televised debate was not at(...)

Ukip believes this can be its breakthrough election, but the first-past-the-post system may yet undo the party’s electoral ambitions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Standing before an audience in the Institute of Government overlooking The Mall near Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning, Dr Stephen Fisher from Tri(...)

Battersea power station: came to Nama  via Treasury Holdings

The National Asset Management Agency has been criticised in the past for selling out the London market too quickly. Attention has focused on two devel(...)

British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha have a cup of tea with a young couple in their home in Swindon. Cameron yesterday outlined his party’s manifesto in advance of the general election on May 7th

Ronald Reagan oozed optimism like no other politician, with talk of the United States as “the shining city on the hill”; one that had stood “strong an(...)