Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is congratulated by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon following his speech today at the annual party conference at Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scots must get all of the home rule powers pledged by Westminster before September’s independence referendum or else they “will take it”, Scotland’s f(...)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on the British economy and his leadership in London on Thursday. He set himself the task of reminding his MPs what he was about, and what the party was for. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

If you want to hear a politician lift their oratory, push their back against the wall. It took a mix of cabinet rebellion and economic slump to provok(...)

Ben Bradlee: the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its coverage of Watergate. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Sir Anthony O’Reilly has paid tribute to his friend Ben Bradlee the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its covera(...)

 Maíria Cahill leaving Government Buildings following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 6:55

Maíria Cahill brought a very serious allegation to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning: that child sex abusers were moved by republicans from Northern I(...)

Supporters of Scottish independence on the morning after the September 18th referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the UK.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Scotland’s finance secretary, John Swinney, made history yesterday, becoming the first Scottish minister in more than 300 years to levy on Scots a tax(...)

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown: he said that while he had no doubt the extra powers promised would come, “the question is whether we will secure our timetable for devolution with or without strings attached”. Photograph: Garry F McHarg/Reuters

Scottish MPs must not be banned from voting in the House of Commons on major issues, including income tax rates, said former Labour prime minister Go(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton:  The shift in emphasis from the sunny pronouncements of July and August has been striking as the autumn political season belatedly got underway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Remember Prudence? The darling of Gordon Brown is back in vogue as the Budget nears despite news that there is apparently no longer any need for a new(...)

Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling (left) and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont taking part in a church service to promote unity in the wake of the independence referendum, at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andrew O’Brien/Church of Scotland/PA Wire

Scots over the age of 55 have “impeded” younger Scots’ demands for independence, first minister Alex Salmond has said, following Thursday’s referen(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted his plan to link further Scottish devolution to the process of making sure only English MPs can vote on English laws was necessary to address a ’basic unfairness’ in the constitution. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has said some of those who had voted ‘No’ in favour of remaining in the union had been “tricked” by the Westmin(...)