William Hague  and John Bercow. Mr Hague has been accused of a “squalid” and “shabby” move to make it easier for Tory MPs to oust Mr Bercow as the Commons speaker after the election. Photograph: PA

John Bercow is the sort of man who tends to annoy people: he is prickly about his small stature, assertive and sure of the worth of his own opinions a(...)

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind has been caught in a  sting apparently offering their services to a private lobbying firm for payment. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to quit as head of Westminster’s security intelligence watchdog following a sting (...)

What do you think might play when Enda’s phone rings? Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron stopped a recent cabinet meeting to give his chief whip Michael Gove a bit of a dressing down.The former minister(...)

Children from St Columba’s National School in Dublin taking part in a Fighting Words workshop. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While the dispute over reform of the junior cycle continues, preparations are under way for further short courses under the new curriculum. The(...)

“Cameron is not trying to win back voters who have defected to Ukip. He is out to stop a further haemorrhage.”

In 2010 the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats agreed to change UK law to ensure that parliaments lasted five years – a concession to the smaller(...)

Cameron’s purge

A reader’s letter yesterday teased UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his reshuffle timing. “When,” it asked, “ will they cease slavishly to mimic(...)

Demotion of education secretary Michael Gove to the position of chief whip could be part of a longer game. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron, in the biggest reshuffle of his ministers a year out from the general election, aims to woo female and middle- (...)

Britain’s new secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan leaves 10 Downing Street after her appointment today. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron today pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroscept(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, af(...)

The Tyne Cot military cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Deep in the quiet Belgian countryside lies Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest commonwealth graveyard in the world. The nine-acre site houses rows of wh(...)