British prime minister David Cameron: ‘Next to the prime ministers who were physically hollowed out by the stresses of power, he looks like he has spent the past five years in a spa’. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

The Conservatives should have sensed that the quest to lead them was getting out of hand as early as last October. When Nicky Morgan publicly envisage(...)

Screengrab taken from Russell Brand’s YouTube channel of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s meeting with the comedian. Photograph: Russell Brand/YouTube/PA Wire.

Britain “goes to the polls” today, and the media is “pumped up”, just like David Cameron claims to be. Later, the broadcasters will be expressing thei(...)

If the Conservatives win enough seats in the general election to retain power, it will be their reputation for economic competence and Labour’s for th(...)

Ed Miliband alleged that Ruport Murdoch is working hand-in-glove with David Cameron’s Conservatives to defeat Labour. Photograph: PA

The Scottish National Party is part of an axis with the Conservatives and Rupert Murdoch to keep Labour out of power, leading Labour figures declared (...)

Medium and message: Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Conservative Party supporters in Cornwall. Click to the next photograph for an alternative take on the size of the crowd. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Jim Murphy, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, stood at a bar counter late on Thursday night, buying a round of drinks for his staff after the s(...)

Motor industry figures published late on Wednesday show that the sector’s recovery is broadening to France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

World stocks marched higher again on Thursday, drawing support from European car sales and German trade data, while expectations that the first US int(...)

Labour’s Northern Ireland spokesman, Ivan Lewis: until now, Labour has been less than enthusiastic about the new powers, consistently raising questions about Northern Ireland’s ability to replace the lost tax income

Legislation to cut Northern Ireland’s corporation tax rate will be supported by the Labour Party, which guarantees that it will become law before the(...)

Ukip candidate in the Newark byelection Roger Helmer: sticking by his view that there has been “no global warming for 17 years and nine months; that is a long time without global warming”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Newark suffered three sieges during the English civil war because two roads, vitally important both to the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, ran thr(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron  with his wife Samantha after delivering his keynote address to the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Reuters

British voters will be faced in the 2015 general election with the clearest ideological divisions between Labour and the Conservatives in decades, pri(...)

A billboard for Ukip in the 2009 European Parliament elections.  “The growing English nationalism affecting the Conservatives and the buoyant Eurosceptic Ukip competing with it are defined against Europe.” Photograph:   Oli Scarff/Getty Images

George Osborne was let off the hook on Thursday by figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Had t(...)