Ukip candidate Douglas Carswell (left) is congratulated by the Conservative Party candidate Giles Watling (centre) after winning the byelection in Clacton-on-Sea in eastern England this morning. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The UK Independence Party has trounced the Conservatives in one byelection and run Labour to just over 600 votes in another once-safe seat, in results(...)

Supporters of Scottish independence on the morning after the September 18th referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the UK.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Scotland’s finance secretary, John Swinney, made history yesterday, becoming the first Scottish minister in more than 300 years to levy on Scots a tax(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) welcomes Mark Reckless to the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in south Yorkshire. Photograph: PA

Every September, thousands of horse- racing fans gather in Doncaster for the St Leger, the world’s oldest horse race and the final classic of the Brit(...)

Conservative MP Mark Reckless (right) is welcomed to Ukip by party leader Nigel Farage after the tory MP announced he was defecting to the party. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who has long argued for the United Kingdom to quit the European Union, has quit to join the UK Independence Party, thou(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron arrives to speak to the press outside number 10 Downing Street following the counting of votes in the Scottish referendum. He welcomed the “clear result”. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The United Kingdom faces unprecedented constitutional change on the back of Scottish voters’ decision to reject independence, following a pledge b(...)

Dejected Yes supporters at the Royal Highland centre following their loss to the NO campaign during the Scottish referendum in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 2:00

A photograph of Alex Salmond sitting in the back of an ordinary saloon car taken in the early hours as he headed for a flight from Aberdeen to Edinbur(...)

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond addresses supporters at a rally in Perth, Scotland on the final day of campaigning. Photograph: Getty Images  2:17

The future of the 307-year-old United Kingdom today lies in the hands of 4.2 million people in Scotland as they vote on the independence referendum af(...)

A boy plays football in  the Govan area of Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For perhaps a few hours early into tomorrow morning, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse – some of Glasgow’s poorest districts – wi(...)

British prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Aberdeen yesterday: “On Friday, people could be living in a different country, with a different place in the world and a different future ahead of it.” Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez 1:51

British prime minister David Cameron has issued a visibly emotional plea to Scots not to vote Yes in Thursday’s independence referendum, saying that(...)

Tyne Bridge in Newcastle: will the northeast become a distant outpost of London-led government if Scotland votes Yes?

Ten years ago, Labour’s John Prescott offered the northeast of England a regional assembly, but it was turned down by three-quarters of those who both(...)