Anti-Trident protestors demonstrate outside the Scottish Parliament  in Edinburgh, Scotland last month. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Labour leader Ed Miliband will have to agree to scrapping a £100 billion plan to replace the United Kingdom’s Trident nuclear missiles if he needs s(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) flanked by party members at Stormont. There is big  doubt over whether a pre-Christmas deal is achievable. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tensions at the heart of the failed Northern Ireland talks were illustrated by a verbal spat between David Cameron and Gerry Adams shortly before the (...)

British chancellor George Osborne said last week some of “the largest companies in the world”, including tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, were using “elaborate structures” to avoid tax.  Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

Multinationals will be given 30 days to pay a 25 per cent penalty tax by the British Revenue and Customs if it decides that they have improperly shif(...)

The summons, which is highly embarrassing for Mr Blair, is the first time a House of Commons inquiry has had to order a former prime minister to come before it to give evidence. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been summoned to give evidence to MPs about the decision to tell hundreds of republican “on the runs” the(...)

The founders of the Oxford Food Bank, David Cairns and Robin Aitken, storing some of the food they salvage from supermarkets and food distributors that would otherwise go to waste. Photograph: Mark Hennessy/The Irish Times

The morning supply run from the Oxford Food Bank to dozens of charities had just left, leaving behind a few trays of apricots, Greek olives, lettuces,(...)

The North’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton said of the Osborne offer: “It’s disappointing it isn’t a final decision”.Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Power over corporation tax is “not a good candidate for devolution” to the Northern Ireland Executive, the highly respected London-based Institute f(...)

Paddy McKillen: the  judge said it “is not in dispute that Mr McKillen is not domiciled in England. He is Irish”. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A legal bid to force property investor Paddy McKillen to sell his shares in three of London’s most highly-rated hotels should be heard in London, the(...)

The destroyed interior of the Mulberry Bush pub in November 1974 after an IRA bomb exploded. Photograph: Press Association

Shoppers jostled for space last night on New Street in Birmingham, bags in hand, while street-stalls sold mulled wine and Christmas trinkets and frien(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is congratulated by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon following his speech today at the annual party conference at Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scots must get all of the home rule powers pledged by Westminster before September’s independence referendum or else they “will take it”, Scotland’s f(...)