The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A political group in the European Parliament led by the UK Independence Party collapsed yesterday following the defection of a Latvian MEP.The dissolu(...)

Further evidence of the unsettled nature of British politics emerged last week from the by-elections won by the UK Independence Party (Ukip) from the (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne at the Conservatice conference: he rejected claims he is targeting the poor. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has rejected calls from senior Conservatives to declare that the UK would quit the European Unio(...)

Conservative MP Mark Reckless (right) is welcomed to Ukip by party leader Nigel Farage after the tory MP announced he was defecting to the party. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who has long argued for the United Kingdom to quit the European Union, has quit to join the UK Independence Party, thou(...)

The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (centre)  with former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars (right). Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Major oil companies and the banks who have urged Scots to vote No will face “a day of reckoning” after next week’s referendum, a former deputy leader (...)

Britain’s prime minster, David Cameron, and home secretary Theresa May speak to Home Office immigration enforcement officers at a property in Slough where six immigrants were arrested yesterday. Photogrpah: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A plan by Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, to tighten restrictions on benefits to unemployed European Union immigrants is to be investigate(...)

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media after the declaration of the Newark by-election at Kelham Hall near Newark. UKIP came second in the byelection but trailed the Conservatives by 7,000 votes. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.

British prime minister David Cameron has won a significant by-election in England, beating the UK Independence Party by some 7,000 votesThe result in (...)

Ukip  leader Nigel Farage  with some of the party’s his new councillors during a visit to Basildon, Essex, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The UK Independence Party has beaten Labour and the Conservatives to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections.Following (...)

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP are on course to maintain their respective positions as lead parties of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. How(...)