John Freeman, who has died aged 99, was in turn an advertising copywriter, an army major and war hero, a Labour politician and minister, an incisive t(...)

Jeremy Thorpe in 1977. The former Liberal Party leader  has died aged 85. Photograph: PA

Former leader of Britain’s Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe has died aged 85. Thorpe was a prominent politician in parliament and on television, whose care(...)

Former British Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe,  who died on Thursday, pictured in 1977. Photograph: PA

Jeremy Thorpe, who brought the Liberal party to the brink of coalition government in 1974 but resigned amid scandal soon after, has died aged 85. He d(...)

David Cameron has no hope of getting any credit while it’s a win-win situation for Alex Salmond. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

Before last week, a reference to “the 45” in Scotland would have evoked thoughts of the Jacobite cause that died on the field of Culloden in 1745, (...)

Chapman Pincher has died at the age of 100. Photograph: PA Wire

Chapman Pincher, who has died aged 100, was one of the most successful British investigative reporters of his generation. In more than 30 years with t(...)

Léan Cullinan:  scenes of family dinners where the protagonist of ‘The Living’ keeps one eye on the clock for a quick exit are confidently handled. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coincidence, said Albert Einstein, is God’s way of remaining anonymous. Should he choose to settle down on the celestial throne, however, to read The (...)

Photograph of Tony Benn taken in 2003. The veteran politician died at home on Friday March 14th, 2014, at the age of 88. Photograph: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Tony Benn, who has died aged 88, was a pivotal figure in British left-wing politics in the second half of the 20th century. A national institut(...)

For half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74, was hardly ever off television, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great a(...)

A shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, Merseyside. Demands for power can only be met by gas-fired and nuclear generation.  The shale gas revolution suggests that gas will be the main element in the mixture.

The origins of Britain’s impending energy crisis go back half a century. The Beatles were in their heyday, the young Harold Wilson was a freshly elect(...)

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander during the debate in the House of Commons about the European Union (Referendum) Bill yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

Labour’s Douglas Alexander did not have the best of days in the House of Commons yesterday, squirming uncomfortably as he sought to avoid declaring th(...)