Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said it is now “almost impossible” to hold elections before a five-year term is up. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Legislation passed by the British government, which laid down that future governments should last five years, is posing significant constitutional fe(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking to members of Age UK in London yesterday. Looking flustered on stage, the prime minister said: “I’ll be frank: if you are not satisfied with how elderly people are being looked after and valued by this government, don’t blame other ministers, blame me.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Dennis Andrews caught prime minister David Cameron’s attention by waving his walking stick in the air. Very soon afterwards, Cameron was regretting th(...)

British prime minster David Cameron speaking to BBC News 24’s chief political correspondent James Landale about the prospect of whether he would run for a third term if he remained prime minister after the election. Photograph: BBC News 24/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron, who has led the Conservative Party since 2005 and occupied No 10 Downing Street for five years, has said that he(...)

Top talk: Ed Miliband (right) is congratulated by Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy following his speech at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Edinburgh. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Labour’s Ed Miliband gave one of his best speeches on Saturday before a two-thirds filled hall in Edinburgh, passionately putting forward his vision f(...)

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind has been caught in a  sting apparently offering their services to a private lobbying firm for payment. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to quit as head of Westminster’s security intelligence watchdog following a sting (...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

Adam Busby at the Four Courts after he lost his Supreme Court appeal against an order for his extradition to Scotland. Photograph: Collins.

The Supreme Court has dismissed a Scottish separatist’s appeal against an order for his extradition to the UK on terrorism charges.The appeal was brou(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

Predictions about oil are usually wrong, so the SNP is joining a long queue of people. However, being wrong may prove important if, as some now suggest, the world is  facing an era of cheap oil. Photograph: PA

North Sea oil has been central to the dream of Scottish independence for decades. In the 1974 general election, the Scottish National Party won extra (...)

Artist Kaya Mar stands  near parliament with his cartoon painting depicting chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne waving an axe. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

George Osborne got out of bed yesterday in his family flat overhead No 10 Downing Street to the sound of Big Ben’s 6 o’clock bells, listening like so (...)