David Cameron: “A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge . . . it is one that controls immigration”. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Tougher controls are to be unveiled on Thursday by British prime minister David Cameron to crack down on illegal immigrants in the UK, including power(...)

John Bercow (right) as he is re-elected unopposed as speaker in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PA

John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons once more, smiled as the tributes flooded in in the minutes after MPs, some newly elected, all recently (...)

‘The Lib Dems ended up with just eight seats out of 650 in the House of Commons while their Conservative partners in government won an unexpected overall majority. So does the same fate await the Labour Party here?’ Above,  the  leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg  announces  his resignation after the  British general election. PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Should Labour Party TDs tremble in their boots at the fate of the Liberal Democrats in the UK, who were almost wiped out as a national political force(...)

House of Lords: May not just be a place of ceremony over the next five years. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

Members of the House of Commons, led by prime minister David Cameron, will trail into the more resplendent surroundings of the House of Lords later th(...)

British prime minister David Cameron talks to staff during a visit to the Tetley factory in Stockton-on-Tees. Mr Cameron told workers that it is “almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea in Europe”. Photograph: PA

British Prime Minister David Cameron, buoyed by his unexpected majority in the House of Commons, is considering holding a referendum on the UK’s membe(...)

UK MP Norman Lamb, who has confirmed he is to stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following Nick Clegg’s resignation. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Norman Lamb has confirmed he will be standing for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats after being widely tipped as a frontrunner to replace Nick C(...)

 UK prime minister David Cameron leaving 10 Downing Street as he names his new cabinet following a post-election reshuffle. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

David Cameron today completed his cabinet reshuffle following last week’s UK general election, which resulted in a Conservative-majority government. W(...)

Acting leader of UK Labour Harriet Harman. Ms Harman has announced the party’s new shadow cabinet after last week’s general election. Photograph: Danny E Martindale/Getty Images

Acting UK Labour leader Harriet Harman has announced the line-up of her new shadow cabinet, filling gaps left by the party’s disappointing showing in (...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron poses for a group photo with newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron has concluded a “steady-as-she-goes” post-election reshuffle, which saw the most senior jobs remain in the same hands as the prime minis(...)

Police officers raise their batons as a smoke bomb goes off at the gates of Downing Street during a protest against the Conservative Party in central London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

UK prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Michael Gove is to return to the top of government as justice secretary and lord chancellor. He w(...)