Ireland has always had an issue with separation. It took us 700 years to separate from Britain, a separation which dragged on until 1949 in which we f(...)

Geoffrey Howe as British foreign secretary addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Photograph: David A Cantor/AFP/Getty Images

It is an irony of his long Westminster career that the political legacy of Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88, will not be the 20 years he spent on t(...)

Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred (...)

Why might Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing MP for Islington North, be poised to take over the leadership of the UK Labour Party? To adopt the lawyerly sem(...)

North Yorkshire police are trawling their records for references to Ted Heath following publication of an image of the former prime minister with suspected paedophile Jimmy Savile. Photograph: PA Wire

A former brothel-keeper at the centre of a child abuse controversy surrounding Sir Edward Heath is to be questioned by British authorities on the matt(...)

Edward  Heath in 1989. Photograph: Johnny Eggit/AFP/Getty Images

The scale of the police inquiries into former British prime minister Edward Heath became apparent yesterday as two more forces revealed they were i(...)

Former British prime minister Edward Heath pictured in 2002. Photograph: Reuters.

At least four police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations linked to late former British prime minister Sir Edward Heath, it has been reveale(...)

The handling of a child sex abuse claim involving former British prime minister Sir Edward Heath is to be investigated. Photograph :PA Wire.

Britain’s independent police watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into claims that Wiltshire police did not properly investigate allegations of sexu(...)

Jeremy Thorpe in 1977. The former Liberal Party leader  has died aged 85. Photograph: PA

Former leader of Britain’s Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe has died aged 85. Thorpe was a prominent politician in parliament and on television, whose care(...)

Photograph of Tony Benn taken in 2003. The veteran politician died at home on Friday March 14th, 2014, at the age of 88. Photograph: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Tony Benn, who has died aged 88, was a pivotal figure in British left-wing politics in the second half of the 20th century. A national institut(...)