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(...)

With five days to go before voting, the UK’s general election campaign has lived up to its reputation among commentators as the closest, most fragment(...)

Prime minister David Cameron speaks to workers during a visit to Kelvin Hughes Voltage in Enfield, north London, yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Questioned about the size of the majority he enjoyed in the 2010 general election to win in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Conservative Oliver Colvile(...)

Citroen Ireland claims that you would have to cover 136,000km to break even on buying a diesel.

So, how many of us made a mistake? When the then coalition government of Fianna Fail and the Greens flipped the Vehicle Registration Tax and Motor Tax(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

Lady Sylvia Hermon: her  vote in the House of Commons, if she is re-elected, could yield a high price on the electoral market place. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Last Wednesday Lady Sylvia Hermon got the galvanising kick-start she needed for the next few weeks of hard canvassing in pleasant seaside towns such a(...)

Future Voices founder Mairead Healy said the Youth:Elect programme was inspired by her organisation’s experience that young people were often not interested in politics because they felt “disenfranchised” from the political system.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thirty young elected representatives and aspiring politicians will take part in a new mentoring programme aimed at encouraging more under-30s to striv(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government had decided to maintain the level of services provided at Portlaoise but failed to ensure that the HSE had adequate funding to provide these services. Photograph: Frank Miller

Revelations about patient safety at Portlaoise hospital have raised serious questions for the Government that should be answered as a matter of urgen(...)

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march in Glasgow. Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens addressed the crowd. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Scottish Greens were included by the Scottish National Party (SNP) last year alongside a phalanx of other political and non-political organisat(...)

Host Julie Etchingham, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, SNP leader  Nicola Sturgeon and Conservative leader David Cameron during the seven-way televised leadersÕ debate at the ITV studios in MediaCityUK in Salford. Photograph:  Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire 3:40

The leaders of Britian’s seven main political parties faced off tonight in the only full-scale TV debate of the general election campaign. Prime Mini(...)