Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. An Assembly committee has said that Northern Ireland credit unions and mutual societies should benefit from  any new lower rates of corporation tax.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Credit unions and mutual societies in Northern Ireland should be able to benefit from any new lower rate of corporation tax, according to a cross-part(...)

The head of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Lin Homer,  giving evidence at a treasury committee hearing in Westminster yesterday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The British tax authorities do not expect to take any more successful criminal prosecutions against people who hid money in HSBC’s private banking (...)

Cash for influence

Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw would use their political influence to lobby for a putative Hong Kong firm in return for handsome fees, according to a(...)

Asked on LBC about Green Party proposals for building 500,000 social rental homes, Natalie Bennett said the move would be funded by removing tax relief on mortgage interest for private landlords. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has admitted suffering an “excruciating mind blank” after a car-crash interview in which she appeared unable to (...)

 Malcolm Rifkind, who said he is to step down as an MP at the upcoming British general election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as an MP at the upcoming general election following criticism over “cash-for-access” (...)

Malcolm Rifkind (left) and Jack Straw face claims on February 23, 2015 that they offered to use their positions to help a private company in return for cash following an undercover investigation. Photograph: Justin Tallis/Leon Nealleon/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative Party has suspended the whip from former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and a party disciplinary committee will investigate cash-(...)

Former HSBC group chairman Stephen Green. The man at the centre of the SwissLeaks tax scandal in Britain is a soft-spoken Church of England clergyman who turned HSBC into Europe’s biggest bank, and was once seen as a model of ethics in finance.

A former director of public prosecutions in Britain has said that criminal cases should have been brought over any allegations of tax evasion against (...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon leaving University College London on Wednesday, She has said in a speech that the UK’s austerity economics were morally unjustifiable and economically unsustainable. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon, still in her first few months in office as Scottish first minister and as leader of the Scottish National Party, is making a habit of(...)

Lin Homer: said her department had dealt with the most serious cases. Photograph: AFP PHOTO/ PRU

The UK tax authority denied it failed to take adequate action against British clients of HSBC who hid money in Swiss accounts. Lin Homer, chief execut(...)

Athenians wave Greek flags during a protest rally outside the Greek parliament building in Syntagma square, central Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The rise of Sinn Féin in opinion polls in Ireland and a similar surge of support for Podemos in Spain is “the best help” that can be given to the n(...)