Mrs T: every Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher’s fall has had to be tested for purity on the Thatchometer. David Cameron’s compromises with the EU would barely cause its needle to twitch. Photograph: ITV/Rex

When Margaret Thatcher died, in 2013, one or two left-wing commentators brought shame to their parishes by suggesting that, just to be sure, somebody (...)

Arlene Foster said she would still work with Mr McGuiness as “the past is the past”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, has spoken of her difficulties with Martin McGuinness because he delivered a graveside oration for the IRA(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. The Coalition argues that there is no alternative majority available to voters.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Election Lexicon: Tina

What does it usually mean? Tina is an acronym for There Is No Alternative. What does it mean in this election? The two current Government parties(...)

Cecil Parkinson: Thatcher appointed him minister for trade on her victory in 1979. Then, in 1981, she promoted him to paymaster-general and made him chairman of the party. Photograph: Tony Harris/PA Wire

Cecil Parkinson, who has died aged 84, occupied important cabinet offices and was twice chairman of the British Conservative Party, but his career was(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland  Arlene Foster: “I believe that we are old enough to know that we must never go back to the past but young enough that our ambition and our excitement about the future is not clouded by the experience of the past.” File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she wants to set “a new tone” in Northern Irish politics in her first speech to business people in the region since (...)

Cecil Parkinson in 1982: he “would have been the most natural candidate to succeed Margaret Thatcher”, according to former minister Malcolm Rifkind. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after a long battle with cancer, his family has announced. The Tory grandee served i(...)

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on BBC1’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

A row has erupted within the British Labour party over the country’s Trident nuclear deterrant after party leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested the UK could(...)

 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with US president Ronald Reagan    at the White House in 1981. When Thatcher took power in Britain in 1979, one of her first decisions as prime minister was to scrap capital controls, thus beginning a new era. Photograph: AP

When Margaret Thatcher took power in Britain in 1979, one of her first decisions as prime minister was to scrap capital controls. It was the beginnin(...)

John DeLorean in 1981. There were three DeLorean stories – DeLorean the man, DeLorean the car, DeLorean the factory – and that the only place where they all overlapped was Belfast. File photograph: PA

In August 1978, the American automobile executive John Z DeLorean, a former General Motors (GM) vice-president, announced that he was setting up a fac(...)

The rise of “Trumpism” would be a potential cause of geopolitical upheaval and conflict. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

There is a great deal of ruin in a nation. Thus did the wise Adam Smith rebuke a correspondent’s worry that ruin was bound to follow reversals in the (...)