The 16,000-ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard, as Labour’s divisions over Britain’s nuclear deterrent grows. Photograph: PA Wire

The House of Commons has overwhelmingly rejected a motion to scrap the Trident nuclear defence system, just as its sponsors, the Scottish National Par(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: said the government would seek to overturn this latest amendment. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

David Cameron’s government will seek to reverse a vote by the House of Lords that would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in Britain’s forthcoming re(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On the night of May 18th, 1915, the Irish nationalist leader John Redmond was staying at the south Dublin home of his daughter Johanna and her husband(...)

“It is in Syria, in Raqqa, that [IS] has its headquarters and it is from Raqqa that some of the main threats against this country are planned and orchestrated,” Britain’s prime minister David Cameron said. Photograph: PA

British prime minister David Cameron has pledged to make the case for RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria in the wake of the P(...)

 Margaret Thatcher, flanked by Sir Geoffrey Howe and Tom King, waving goodbye after the signing of the agreement. Photograph: Pat Langan

I have a vivid recollection of what it felt like that day as I watched the prime minister and the taoiseach put their signatures to an agreement betwe(...)

The thran man: Alasdair McDonnell, leader of the SDLP. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell is what is known in parts of Ulster as a thran man. That means he is stubborn. He is also a political bruiser imbued(...)

David Cameron delivers defining  speech on EU renegotiation at Chatham House in London. Photograph: PA 0:51

Denis Staunton, London Editor British prime minister David Cameron has promised to campaign “with all my heart and soul” for Britain to remain in the(...)

David Cameron speaks during the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London on Monday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg 0:51

David Cameron will insist that the drive for a change in the UK’s relationship with Brussels is not “mission impossible” as his reform agenda enter(...)

Demonstrators protest against Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi near Downing Street whilst he met with Britain’s prime minister David Cameron in London, Britain. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters 1:01

The first British tourists could be repatriated from Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday if UK officials are satisfied with a security assessment of the airport(...)

British home secretary Theresa May speaking in the Commons on Wednesday after a new law  requiring communication firms to help spies hack into suspects’ smartphones and computers was unveiled. Photograph: PA Wire

Internet and phone companies will be obliged to keep a record of every website visited by everyone in Britain for 12 months, under sweeping new survei(...)