Sir Martin Gilbert, who has died aged 78, was a distinguished historian and the official biographer of Winston Churchill. The author of more than 80 h(...)

“I think this referendum is a great threat to the political stability of the country,” says Kenneth Clarke

Kenneth Clarke was born in July 1940 just weeks after Winston Churchill became British prime minister. Now 74, he sits in his office in Westminster, h(...)

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Micheál Martin’s spidery writing is all over the printout of an email sent to him by his cousin outlining his family connections. Like many extended I(...)

An ‘Aquarium’ vintage Dunhill cigarette lighter

A two-day auction at Bonhams in London on Tuesday and Wednesday is titled the “Gentleman’s Library Sale” and “features all kinds of objects that may h(...)

Us president Barack Obama meets with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the  White House in  2011. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry, in an unprecedented snub, have made it clear that they will not meet with Israeli prime(...)

Éamon de Valera with Winston Churchill in September 1953. Photograph: Royal Irish Academy

When Winston Churchill died 50 years ago, President Éamon de Valera paid tribute to him as a great Englishman but could not forebear from describing h(...)

 Alexis Tsipras (centre), president of the Greek main opposition radical left party Syriza, is surrounded by members of the presidency of the party of the Greens - Ecologists, as he announces the cooperation of the two parties in the upcoming elections.  Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

During the desperate dying months of the second World War, British prime minister Winston Churchill staked his reputation on trying to keep Greece out(...)

Elizabeth Shaw

Mention the name Elizabeth Shaw to anyone who grew up in East Germany and watch the smile rise on their lips.For them, the name recalls happy childhoo(...)

Queen Elizabethshakes hands with Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson  in Belfast in 2012. A quarter of a century earlier, MP Jim Kilfedder sought her direct involvement in talks on the North’s future. Photograph: Paul Faith/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The crisis in unionism after the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement prompted the Northern Ireland Assembly speaker to write to prime minister Margaret Thatch(...)

The will of Helen Beatrix Heelis who is better known as Beatrix Potter. Millions of wills including those of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing  are now available online.  Photo: Ministry of Justice/PA Wire

Millions of wills including those of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are now available online. The UK government is(...)