Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair: Three men who plotted to murder the former loyalist leader in Scotland have been jailed. File photograph: Ian Hodgson/Reuters

Three men who plotted to murder former loyalist leader Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair in Scotland have been jailed. Anton Duffy (39), Martin Hughes (36) and P(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

British Labour Party leadership candidate Yvette Cooper. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Gordon Brown has backed Yvette Cooper for the UKLabour Party leadership. The former prime minister’s office announced he had given the shadow home sec(...)

British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Former Labour minister Pat Rabbitte has warned that the British Labour Party will be making a “big mistake” if it elects Jeremy Corbyn as leader. He s(...)

 Jeremy Corbyn: Labour leadership frontrunner dismissed claims that he did not want to be prime minister. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has warned senior party figures they are underestimating the “huge levels of public support” for his campa(...)

Britain’s former prime minister Gordon Brown: “The best way of realising our [Labour]  high ideals is to show that we are an alternative in government that is credible, is radical and is electable . . . Protest will not be enough.” Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Britain’s Labour Party must choose a leader who can make it electable and not just a party of protest, former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has s(...)

George Osborne: accused by the opposition of a “cavalier” attitude towards taxpayers’ money. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Why now? That’s the question they were asking in the City and at Westminster as the UK government booked a £1 billion loss on the sale of the first tr(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: the longstanding “living wage” campaign, encouraging big employers to pay more than the statutory minimum, has gained traction. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The 2015 election was an almost unmitigated disaster for Ed Miliband and the UK Labour party. Yet there was one significant success – an intellectual (...)

Brian Cowen giving evidence before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Wednesday, July 8th  Brian Cowen giving evidence before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Wednesday, July 8th

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said there was no intention to mislead the Irish public about the Government’s talks with the EU and IMF on a bailout(...)

UK chancellor George Osborne is the latest politician trying to enshrine a balanced budget rule into national law. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Budget battles are nothing new. But the current attempts by so many different countries to tie the hands of tomorrow’s profligate politicians are with(...)