Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Try as it might, Fianna Fáil was getting little traction for its comparisons between Enda Kenny and Gordon Brown last week as the prospect of a Novemb(...)

Being able to speak well in public and building a rapport and following in the process is one of the greatest skills that a leader can possess. Public(...)

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor: lists  “generally fomenting the overthrow of capitalism” among his interests in ‘Who’s Who’. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The British Labour Party’s new leader has named as finance spokesman an ally who lists “fomenting the overthrow of capitalism” among his interests in (...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If David Cameron showed up to parliament in his Bullingdon Club tailcoat to announce the sale of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital to a consorti(...)

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(...)