Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon : “I’m the leader of the SNP, I will lead negotiations. I will lead my party and hopefully I’ll continue as first minister of Scotland even after the Scottish parliamentary elections next year.” Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged voters to back the Scottish National Party (SNP) in unprecedented numbers to make Scotland’s(...)

The future of British politics?: Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has his eye on David Cameron’s job. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Enoch Powell was wrong to say that all political careers end in failure. But for a leader to leave politics with his or her reputation relatively inta(...)

The British government  has sold another chunk of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group, taking its holding in the bailed-out lender below 22 per cent. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The United Kingdom has raised a further £500 million from the sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group, finance minister George Osborne said on Thurs(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has indicated that the tax is designed to catch economic activity which is undertaken in Britain but not taxed there now. Photograph:  PA

The so-called Google tax will be law in Britain by Wednesday evening, as the Finance Bill, published on Tuesday, is enacted. It is not much time for l(...)

Chancellor George Osborne speaks at a conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Inflation fell to zero last month setting the UK on course for a period of falling prices for the first time in half a century. The Consumer Price Ind(...)

Martin McGuinness described the comments as ‘total nonsense’ and said Sinn Féin’s has made significant contributions to the economy in the North.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin McGuinness has rejected suggestions by Goldman Sachs that Sinn Féin represents the main threat to the growth of Ireland’s economy as “total no(...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne  holds his red despatch box containing the budget outside 11 Downing street, Westminster. Photograph: PA/Will Oliver

The British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne lowered his target for a future budget surplus and announced higher economic growth forecast(...)

The 2015 inflation basket owes more than a little to the influence of the hipster – in come craft beer, ecigarettes, headphones and music subscription services such as Spotify.

Hipsters may have been declared passé by the trend-spotters but their influence is going mainstream thanks to the team of government number crunche(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, speaks with children who entered a competition to design the new pound coin, at 11 Downing Street today. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

British chancellor George Osborne is expected to be armed with a pre-election war chest of up to £6 billion heading into the UK budget as the outlo(...)

The UK Government has sold another £500 million worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group, taking its stake in the lender to below 23 per cent. Photo: PA Wire

The UK Government has sold another £500 million worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group, taking its stake in the lender to below 23 per cent.In additi(...)