Could it happen in here? In Britain, Tory MP John Bercow (right) has been regularly re-elected as House of Commons speaker thanks to opposition support. Photograph: PA Wire

As the phoney election campaign continued along predictable lines this week, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael trading predictable blows, Enda Kenny did (...)

Fine Gael’s backroom team has obviously being doing its homework. As well as promising the goodies (lower taxes for the squeezed middle) it has trawle(...)

Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans to force through changes to House of Commons rules that would deny full voting rights to(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron looks on as Prince Harry salutes at the unveiling of a memorial to British troops killed in Afghanistan at The National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford, England, on Thursday. Mr Cameron is expected to press ahead next week with plans to reduce the rights of non-English MPs to vote in the House of Commons. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is expected to press ahead with plans to reduce the rights of non-English MPs, including Northern Ireland’s 18(...)

Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales (left) during the state opening of parliament, in the House of Lords, London. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has pulled back from plans to quickly repeal the Human Rights Act and to limit the jurisdiction in the Unite(...)

John Bercow (right) as he is re-elected unopposed as speaker in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PA

John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons once more, smiled as the tributes flooded in in the minutes after MPs, some newly elected, all recently (...)

 William Hague  and John Bercow. Mr Hague has been accused of a “squalid” and “shabby” move to make it easier for Tory MPs to oust Mr Bercow as the Commons speaker after the election. Photograph: PA

John Bercow is the sort of man who tends to annoy people: he is prickly about his small stature, assertive and sure of the worth of his own opinions a(...)

Britain’s home secretary Theresa May. She argued that she did not have to give MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant because it was already part of British law. Photograph:  Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

The British government narrowly escaped a damaging House of Commons rebellion after dozens of Conservative MPs furiously condemned efforts to deny (...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair could be summoned to appear before a House of Commons inquiry into letters given to more than 200 Republican(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described President Michael D Higgins’ visit as ‘historic’. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Dozens of intrigued tourists stood outside Sovereign’s Entrance in the Palace of Westminster yesterday as the Lifeguards, resp(...)