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(...)

Screen grab image taken from the Twitter feed of @ukrespectparty of George Galloway on his way to hospital last night after being attacked. Photograph: Press Association

A British MP who declared an “Israel-free zone” in a northern English city suffered a suspected broken jaw in an attack believed to be linked to his s(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson said he planned to   meet local Muslim leaders to ‘demonstrate my ongoing support for them as integral law-abiding citizens in Northern Ireland’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has moved to try to dampen an escalating controversy caused by his decision to defend a Belfast Prote(...)

Britain’s home secretary Theresa May gestures during her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester earlier this week. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Cork-born Susan Williams ran for the Conservatives in Bolton West in the 2010 UK general election, losing by 92 votes in a constituency with 14,000 Mu(...)

The G8 summit is being held in Co Fermanagh next week

“Shout loudly, don’t hold back, lift your voice like a trumpet” – not the words of an anarchist group or anti-G8 street activist. The call to protest (...)

George Galloway MP speaks during tonight’s sitting  in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA Wire

Tributes to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher have gone on long enough, Respect MP George Galloway said tonight as he attempted t(...)

A Union flag flies at half mast over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, after the announcement of Margaret Thatcher’s death. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

In the first World War, the chimes of Big Ben were silenced for two years lest they give guidance i(...)