MP Naomi Long is under considerable pressure to hold on to her seat in this election as the Ulster Unionist Party, in an electoral pact, has agreed not to stand in the constituency, giving the advantage to the DUP candidate Gavin Robinson. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Alliance Party yesterday launched its campaign to retain its seat at Westminster by holding its “candidates’ launch” in east Belfast.The party’s (...)

The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

It’s not the electoral pact between the unionist parties in four of the North’s Westminster constituencies that is undemocratic, but the wretched firs(...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: described his target for the British general election as being “returning East Belfast to DUP hands”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The two main unionist parties in Northern Ireland have joined forces to form what is being described as an “historic unionist pact” ahead of the Westm(...)

A 33-year-old  cerebral palsy sufferer who placed a hoax device at the east Belfast office of the Alliance Party, and who also threatened to kill two party members has been handed a three-year sentence

A 33-year-old disabled man who placed a hoax device at the east Belfast office of the Alliance Party, and who also threatened to kill two party member(...)

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over their stance on welfare reform in the North

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over t(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson was joined by several senior party colleagues in the art deco Strand cinema including some DUP Westminster candidates such as Nigel Dodds and Gregory Campbell for the launch of the party’s election billboard.

The DUP will not be seeking to be part of a formal coalition or asking for seats in cabinet should it hold the balance of power after the British gene(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the “on the runs”  scheme for fugitive IRA members. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will today face questioning by a House of Commons committee into the role he played in offering letters to(...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson blamed the North’s four other main parties for Mr Osborne’s decision to put conditions on his corporation tax offer.

The British chancellor’s decision to link the devolution of corporation tax-setting powers to a successful outcome of the current Northern political t(...)