British chancellor George Osborne’s fancy fiscal footwork in the Autumn Statement restored as the clear favourite to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

With its double policy U-turn, fancy fiscal footwork, and political pirouettes, George Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review was a virtuoso d(...)

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(...)

The home office has already said that it has watered down the Bill, dropping contentious plans to allow the police and security services access to the internet browsing history of everyone in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

David Cameron has appealed to the British public to back sweeping new electronic surveillance powers for police and intelligence services, despite mis(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: “Is a deal achievable? I think with goodwill on all sides it is achievable . . . I do think we are talking more about days rather than weeks.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that a political deal is “achievable” and that the time frame for agreement was days ra(...)

The Irish Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall: told the House of Lords EU committee that both the British and Irish benefited from the movement back and forth between the two countries.   Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Ireland and Britain should continue to operate a common travel area, even if the UK votes to leave the European Union, the Irish Ambassador to Brita(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne speaking in the  House of Commons on Tuesday. He said he would carry on with his tax credit reforms. Photograph: PA Wire

A defeat for proposed welfare cuts in Britain’s upper house of parliament was widely seen on Tuesday as a deep blow to chancellor of the exchequer Ge(...)

The results of the vote to an amendment to delay cuts to tax credits is read out in the House of Lords. Photograph: PA Wire.

The House of Lords has voted to delay the introduction of controversial cuts to welfare benefits paid to people on low incomes, despite warnings that(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Geoffrey Howe as British foreign secretary addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Photograph: David A Cantor/AFP/Getty Images

It is an irony of his long Westminster career that the political legacy of Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88, will not be the 20 years he spent on t(...)

File photograph of Sir Geoffrey Howe speaking at the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA

British prime minister David Cameron has led tributes to former chancellor Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88. The Tory grandee was Margaret Thatcher(...)