David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

MARK HENNESSYLondon Editor Former British prime minister John Major once said that every general election campaign run by any political party is a sha(...)

Under pressure: British prime minister and Conservative leader David Cameron on the campaign trail. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron is not a man much given to introspection, it often seems. Blessed with a happy, comfortable childhood, he has always approached life con(...)

Muslim men attend prayer at the East London Mosque. The Conservative Party is trying to make up ground on Labour in securing votes from British Muslims. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Afzal Amin, who is in his 40s, made his first appearance on television when he was a six- year-old pupil in a Church of England school in the Black(...)

Ed Miliband campaigning in Walworth, south London. Labour is running at 10 points ahead of the Conservatives in the polls. Photograph: PA

There’s a spring in the step of many a British Tory MP these days. At last the prospects for the general election in 2015 do not appear so grim, the e(...)