Former Labour prime minister  Gordon Brown campaigns in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Locals say they have seen nothing of the economic recovery touted by government, and many no longer trust any London-based party to deliver better – especially Labour. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

No election battle more starkly demonstrates the sudden collapse of the Scottish Labour Party than the one unfolding in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (...)

William Hague and his wife, Ffion. In the last election, the former Conservative leader won the Richmond seat by more than 23,000 votes. Photograph: Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images

Every vote counts, but some count a lot more than others. When British voters go to the polls on Thursday, the great majority of them will do so knowi(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrives to address supporters during the party’s launch of its election manifesto in Manchester. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The expectant queue stood in line at the old Granada TV studios in Manchester yesterday morning as the bus carrying some of Labour’s team arrived for (...)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at his party’s manifesto launch in Manchester. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Labour leader, Ed Miliband today pledged to British voters that his party will be prudent with the UK’s finances, if elected, offering guarantees that(...)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson: called Tony Blair an ‘epic, patronising tosser’ for saying Britain should not hold a referendum on EU membership. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The mayor of London Boris Johnson has called Tony Blair an “epic, patronising tosser” for saying that Britain should not hold a referendum on EU memb(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair speaking in  Sedgefield yesterday. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union would leave the country diminished and do significant damage to its economy, former British (...)

The future of British politics?: Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has his eye on David Cameron’s job. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Enoch Powell was wrong to say that all political careers end in failure. But for a leader to leave politics with his or her reputation relatively inta(...)

Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

 Prince Charles  during a reception at Clarence House in London yesterday. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The decision by the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court to force the publication of 27 letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers will offer a(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking to members of Age UK in London yesterday. Looking flustered on stage, the prime minister said: “I’ll be frank: if you are not satisfied with how elderly people are being looked after and valued by this government, don’t blame other ministers, blame me.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Dennis Andrews caught prime minister David Cameron’s attention by waving his walking stick in the air. Very soon afterwards, Cameron was regretting th(...)