London mayor  Boris Johnson has come under fire over his attack on the ‘part-Kenyan’  US president Barack Obama. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of “dog-whistle” racism after he suggested that Barack Obama’s Kenyan ancestry may have been behind the de(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and his finance minister George Osborne in the houses of parliament in London on Monday: he told MPs it was “natural human instinct” for parents to help their children. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron has sought to draw a line under the controversy over his tax affairs, admitting to MPs that he handled it badly but defending the right(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne leaves 11 Downing Street in London, England. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer has defended his government’s record in protecting the vulnerable and admitted that cuts to disability benefits(...)

Google’s controversial £130 million 10-year deal with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on back taxes could be investigated by the European Commission following complaints. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted he would be “very happy” for the European Commission to examine the UK’s controversial tax deal with(...)

The Google tax deal has provoked outrage in Britain but  the UK revenue commissioners have declined to give details of it. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, faced fresh questions last night over a tax deal with Google that allowed the company to pay j(...)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home in north London on Tuesday. Photograph:  Reuters/Hannah McKay

After weeks of background briefings and two days of negotiations, Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle has produced two sackings, three resignatio(...)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) with shadow rail minister Jonathan Reynolds at King’s Cross, London, on Monday. Mr  Reynolds said he was resigning because he could not “in good conscience endorse the world view of the Stop the War Coalition”. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Three British Labour Party frontbenchers have resigned after party leader Jeremy Corbyn sacked two “disloyal” senior figures and promoted a Trident op(...)

Flooded vehicles emerge  as flood waters begin to recede in the Huntington Road area of York after the River Foss burst its banks, on Monday in the English town of  York. Photograph: Getty

Britain’s Environment Agency (EA) has promised a “complete rethink” of flooding preparedness as Storm Frank threatened to bring more misery. British (...)

Eir is awaiting to hear whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to connect  300,000 homes to its new fibre broadband network. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Telecoms firm Eir will find out next week whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to supply fibre broadband to 300,000 hom(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy takes issue with the proposed “gap funding model”, which is likely to mean the State subsidises the cost of a high-speed broadband network for rural Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s National Broadband Plan has the potential to erode competition in the sector resulting in higher prices and poorer services for consu(...)