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(...)

 Andy Burnham: won much favour in Liverpool when he helped to bring about an official inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which left 96 people dead: Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Andy Burnham: Current favourite in the race, but the Liverpudlian could struggle to get rid of the shadow of his service in Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Ma(...)

“This is the moment to invest in the continent,” South African president Jacob Zuma told business leaders, academics and politicians. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

Private sector participation is the key to Africa’s future economic development, but the continent must address a range of investment risks to attract(...)

Labour also faces questions about its ability to be a British-wide party in an era of growing nationalism that has put paid to its operations, for now, in Scotland. Photograph: Getty Images

In defeat, dignity – preferably with humour thrown in. Ed Miliband managed both on Thursday when he stood to speak for the first time in the House of (...)

 A Romanian man is interviewed by Immigration Enforcement officers after a raid on a residential property looking for illegal immigrants in Southall, England. Photograph: Laura Lean/Getty Images

Theresa May turned up on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme at 8.10am on Thursday to talk tough about cracking down on illegal workers in Britain and (...)

UK Labour shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh. Ms Creagh has   joined the party’s leadership contest.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh has joined the race to succeed Ed Miliband, promising to “earn back the trust that middle Engla(...)

Speaking in New York, former British foreign secretary David Miliband said last week’s election result was “devastating” for the British Labour Party and its supporters. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Former British foreign secretary David Miliband has criticised his brother Ed’s general election campaign - but ruled himself out of the running for L(...)

David Cameron moved swiftly to put a stamp of continuity on his new administration by reappointing Chancellor George Osborne, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Theresa May and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to their old posts within hours of his reinstallation in 10 Downing Street.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty Images

David Cameron is spending the weekend drawing up a list of ministers for his first all-Conservative cabinet, after the shock UK general election resul(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband following his resignation speech in the wake of his party’s defeat. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

MARK HENNESSYLondon EditorLord Stewart Wood stood at the side of the room; unshaven, grey-faced, exhausted. Around him, Labour Party staff who had wor(...)

Newly elected SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black greets defeated Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

In the end it was swift and brutal. Douglas Alexander, the hardened career politician who had engineering Labour’s national election campaign, stood a(...)