British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha have a cup of tea with a young couple in their home in Swindon. Cameron yesterday outlined his party’s manifesto in advance of the general election on May 7th

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Mary Shaw, Paris-based Irish designer who created Sequana interiors business

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David F Ross: ‘The Last Days of Disco is about people trying to make the best of things in difficult circumstances, their daily routines interrupted by unique turns of events that show them all to be fallible but also human.’

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Polish MEP and candidate for President of Poland Janusz Korwin-Mikke addressing supporters in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Candidate for the Polish presidency Janusz Korwin-Mikke used the soccer game as a chance to meet several hundred voters at a pre-match event in Ballsb(...)

No matter how much my children think I am making a poor fist of bringing them up they can’t get rid of me. Parenting is for life. Jobs are not.

Around the time I returned to work after the birth of my first child I went to visit a lawyer friend who had also just had a baby and had decided to s(...)

Punch-gate’ controversy could spell the end of Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC career, but is Sky poised to swoop?

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‘Two Studies for Self-Portrait’, which dates from 1977, is described as “a profoundly intimate portrait, starkly evoking the artist’s inner turmoil”

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Former British home secretary Leon Brittan, who has died after  a long battle with cancer. File photograph: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Former British home secretary Leon Brittan died on Wednesday night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer, his family has said.Lord Bri(...)

A file prepared in 1980 for then prime minister Margaret Thatcher, allegedly detailing “unnatural practices” among Westminster politicians, will be (...)

After 14 consecutive quarterly declines in clothing, footwear and homeware sales, time could be running out for the man tasked with finding a solution - Dutchman Marc Bolland. (Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN)

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