David Cameron has promised that by the end of 2017 the British public will have their first vote for 40 years on whether the UK should stay in the EU.  Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has agreed to change the question for a referendum on EU membership after the UK’s election watchdog said the wor(...)

‘I watched the recent Newsnight interview with Yvette Cooper in amazement. How many people was she out to alienate?’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Who is really powerful in the British Labour party? Who wins votes, decides policies, commands budgets, doles out jobs? Who knows how to run something(...)

Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 1:04

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

Migrants continue to try and board lorries bound for Britain in Calais. More than 3,000 people, predominantly from Africa and the Middle East, are estimated to be living rough around Calais, waiting to cross into the UK. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Britain is deploying high-security fencing used during the Olympic Games and last year’s Nato summit in Wales to the Channel tunnel port in France to (...)

Richard Desmond: “Everybody has ethics, I’m sure Adolf Hitler had ethics. It’s about what you think is right.” Photograph: Peter Maciarmid/Getty Images

The Irish Times is being escorted to the top floor of the Northern & Shell office building in London by a hefty young man who says he “looks af(...)

David Cameron being greeted by French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Mr Cameron also met Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Philippe Wojzaer/Reuters

Some of the UK’s demands for changes to its membership of the European Union will require treaty change, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond ha(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: underwent procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition. Mr R(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: what he actually said was much more nuanced than the headlines suggested. Photograph: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Immigration did not play as large a part as expected in the UK general election but it is an issue that is unlikely to go away, either in the UK or ma(...)

Nigel Farage: Ukip said yesterday Mr Farage’s senior adviser and  party secretary would no longer represent it. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Two aides to Ukip leader Nigel Farage have been forced out as the party is gripped by post-election infighting.The UK Independence Party confirmed yes(...)

Ukip’s Nigel Farage at a VE Day 70th Anniversary service at Westminster Abbey, London. Mr Farage has had his resignation as leader of the party rejected by its national executive committee. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images 1:20

Nigel Farage has had his resignation as Ukip leader rejected by the party’s national executive committee and he remains as leader.Mr Farage announced (...)