British Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Sometimes things are as simple as they seem. There is no profit in searching for complexity or perverse consequences in events that can only play out (...)

British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Former Labour minister Pat Rabbitte has warned that the British Labour Party will be making a “big mistake” if it elects Jeremy Corbyn as leader. He s(...)

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham: “I won’t let those Bullingdon Boys – the heirs to Thatcher – do the same to people in 2015 as she did in 1985.” Photograph: Getty Images

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has warned that Labour’s future “hangs in the balance” as he insisted he was the only candidate able to unite(...)

President George W Bush presents Robert Conquest with the presidential medal of freedom. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Among western historians of the Soviet Union, Robert Conquest, who has died aged 98, had a unique place. In 1989-1990 his account of the terror of the(...)

Along with Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Putin – neither of them sterling role models – both claimed to subsist on four hours sleep a night. To lesser mortals that qualifies as chronic sleep deprivation

For such a life-changing procedure, the narcotomy is never explained in great detail. Revolutionary, untested, highly experimental, it’s an invasiv(...)

Former British prime minister Edward Heath pictured in 2002. Photograph: Reuters.

At least four police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations linked to late former British prime minister Sir Edward Heath, it has been reveale(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has again rejected calls to include Kincora boys’ home in an inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring at Westminste(...)

Former MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then British cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over claims made by two sources about the MP.

Senior British intelligence officers warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a “penchant for small boys” risked causing it political(...)

British Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn in central London on Wednesday after delivering a speech. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Tony Blair has issued a stark warning to the British Labour Party not to repeat the mistakes of the 1980s which consigned it to 18 years in opposition(...)

Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland at the High street giant’s AGM, held at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Brooks/M&S/PA Wire

Forget the Libor-rigging trial at Southwark Crown Court this week and the UK budget announcement today: the biggest event in the capital in July is Ma(...)