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(...)

Supporters of Scottish independence on the morning after the September 18th referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the UK.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Scotland’s finance secretary, John Swinney, made history yesterday, becoming the first Scottish minister in more than 300 years to levy on Scots a tax(...)

British prime minister David Cameron delivers his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Income-tax cuts for low and middle-income earners will headline the 2015 Conservative election manifesto, British prime minister David Cameron said(...)

British prime minister David Cameron leaves the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham yesterday with his wife, Samantha, after delivering his keynote speech on the final day of the gathering. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Rousseau

The Conservatives, who are points behind in the polls, are losing MPs to the Eurosceptic UK Independent Party (Ukip) and are vulnerable to voter co(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) welcomes Mark Reckless to the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in south Yorkshire. Photograph: PA

Every September, thousands of horse- racing fans gather in Doncaster for the St Leger, the world’s oldest horse race and the final classic of the Brit(...)

Shia fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, take part in field training in the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron easily won the approval of MPs for bombing strikes against Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) militants in(...)

The leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage delivers his speech at the party’s annual conference at Doncaster Racecourse in Doncaster, northern England. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The UK Independence Party could hold the balance of power in the House of Commons after the British general election next May, its leader, Nigel Fa(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking about military action against Islamic State in the House of Commons, London.Photograph: PA Wire.

Britain’s parliament approved air strikes against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq by a decisive margin today, paving the way for the Royal Air F(...)

While Ed Miliband’s personal ratings remain abysmal, even when compared with those of David Cameron, opinion polls consistently give the party an electoral lead. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Britain’s business community has largely ignored the Labour Party since the fall of Gordon Brown, but with a general election on the horizon, the corp(...)