Seconds out. Parliament dissolved. The queen has given her approval – although she has no formal role in the dissolution – and the bout is finally on.(...)

A car carrying British prime minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after he  had a private audience with  Queen Elizaberth to formalise the dissolution of parliament in London on Monday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images.

Campaigning in Britain’s closest election in decades ramped up on Monday after prime minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament(...)

Sun columnist and businesswoman Katie Hopkins has been reported to police over claims she may have incited racial hatred in Rochdale by suggesting Pakistani men in the area were sex abusers.. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Sun columnist and businesswoman Katie Hopkins has been reported to police over claims she may have incited racial hatred in Rochdale by suggesting Pak(...)

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon told the party faithful at the annual conference that her “message today reaches far beyond the ranks of our party”. Photograph: EPA

Thousands travelled to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde at the weekend. Some came for Scotland’s big(...)

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon : “I’m the leader of the SNP, I will lead negotiations. I will lead my party and hopefully I’ll continue as first minister of Scotland even after the Scottish parliamentary elections next year.” Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged voters to back the Scottish National Party (SNP) in unprecedented numbers to make Scotland’s(...)

The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scottish voters to make Scotland’s voice “heard like before” in Westminster in May’s United Kingdom (...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)