Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

File photograph of Lord Greville Janner (87), a former Labour member of parliament and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews,  accused of 22 child abuse charges in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: PA Wire

An ageing member of Britain’s House of Lords was ordered on Friday to appear in court to face charges of serious child sex crimes, despite defence law(...)

An undated photograph of Lord Sewel who has quit the House of Lords and apologised for his behaviour after footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes. Photograph: EPA

Lord Sewel has quit the House of Lords and apologised for his behaviour after footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes. Th(...)

The Sun’s front-page story on on Lord Sewel. The peer is facing calls to quit the House of Lords. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into allegations of drug use by Lord Sewel and executed a warrant on an address in central Lond(...)

Lord Sewel has been suspended from the Labour Party following allegations that he took drugs with prostitutes. Photographs: PA

Lord Sewel has been suspended from the British Labour Party following allegations that he took drugs with prostitutes. The peer remained a member of t(...)

Lord Sewel’s behaviour was described by Lords speaker Baroness D’Souza as “shocking and unacceptable”. Photograph: Suzanne Hubbard/PA Wire

A British peer is facing a police investigation after quitting as deputy speaker of the House of Lords over a video allegedly showing him taking cocai(...)

 Lord Sewelwho has resigned as Lords deputy speaker after a newpaper  published video of him allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. Photograph: PA

Lord Sewel is facing a police investigation after quitting as Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs wit(...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

Nicola Sturgeon: “There is no question the great disrespect shown to Scotland in these proposals is likely to have more people asking whether Westminster is capable of representing Scotland’s interests at all.” Photograph:  Tony Kinlan

The British government’s plans to give English MPs a veto over legislation that is designated as affecting England only could encourage more Scots t(...)

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago, on June 18th, 1815. Above, Napoleon’s retreat from the Battle of Waterloo. Image: After a painting by Steuben. Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Duke of Wellington never did say about his Irish birth “just because you are born in a stable does not make you a horse”. It was said by Daniel O(...)