Grant Shapps addresses the  Conservative Party annual conference, with expelled aide Mark Clarke  listening in the front row, second from the right. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

An investigation into alleged bullying in the UK Conservative Party’s youth wing has been taken out of the hands of the party. Following a (...)

Grant Shapps has resigned amid allegations he failed to deal with allegations of bullying within the Conservative Party. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A British government minister has resigned over allegations he failed to act on claims of bullying in the Tories’ youth wing. Grant Shapps s(...)

UK Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps. UK prime minister David Cameron has defended Mr Shapps over claims he edited his own Wikipedia page and those of other Tories. File photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

David Cameron has come to the defence of Grant Shapps after the Conservative Party chairman was accused of anonymously editing his own entry and those(...)

Fexco site at Killorglin, Co Kerry: expansion in Britain is being driven by the economy recovering and the pound continuing to strengthen. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Irish foreign exchange and financial services specialist Fexco plans to create 60 jobs and open 15 new outlets in an expansion of its UK operation N(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speaking on Saturday at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: Paul Matthews

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker brushed off questions at the G20 summit over whether he should step down amid accusations of sweethe(...)

Paul Flowers left the Co-op in June after three years as chairman when the bank brought in new management to oversee a restructuring and deal with a €1.5 billion capital shortfall. Photograph: PA

British police have searched the home of former Co-operative bank chairman Paul Flowers after a national newspaper published a video apparently showin(...)

A UN housing expert urged the British government today to suspend a flagship welfare reform she said was harming vulnerable people, infuriating a mini(...)