Luke “Ming” Flanagan said while it was obvious Russian president Vladimir Putin was “not a very nice individual” the EU had “given up the right to lecture anybody on sovereignty”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEPs have abstained on a European Parliament resolution condemning human rights abuses in Russia. Independent MEP Luke “Ming” Flanagan vote(...)

 Mary Creagh MP, Tristam Hunt MP, and Liz Kendall MP speak at the Progress annual conference, at TUC Congress House, central London, as they bid for leadership of the Labour Party. Photograph:  Laura Lean/PA Wire

Just weeks ago, Leicester Labour MP Liz Kendall was little noticed inside the Houses of Parliament but utterly unknown to the British public at large.(...)

Given the difficulties he could face, the British PM may be tempted to reach an accommodation with the Democratic Unionist Party to afford comfort on some tight votes, though the DUP tends to share  Tory doubts on Europe

Standing outside No 10 Downing Street yesterday, his wife Samantha to the side in the company of officials, David Cameron laid down in just 14 words t(...)

UK election: Labour focused on the National Health Service – predicting that hospitals could be forced to lay off staff in the year ahead because of spiralling debts. 1:59

Voters in the United Kingdom will be faced with a second general election before Christmas if the Liberal Democrats do not form part of the next gover(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of vacillating over the UK’s EU role. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has opened the prospect of conceding to the Conservatives’ demand for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the E(...)

Labour leader Ed Milibandtakes part in a special BBC ‘Question Time’ programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 2:25

Labour leader, Ed Miliband has insisted that he will not “lop off bits of my manifesto” to reach a deal with the Scottish National Party after the Ma(...)

Prime minister David Cameron speaks to workers during a visit to Kelvin Hughes Voltage in Enfield, north London, yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Questioned about the size of the majority he enjoyed in the 2010 general election to win in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Conservative Oliver Colvile(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg warned of potential “Blukip” coalition “bringing together people who don’t believe in climate change; who reject gay rights; who want the death penalty back; and people who want to scrap human rights legislation”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist Party could wield power after the British general election in “a backward-looking right-wing” alliance with the Conservative(...)

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP 3:40

Nigel Farage could have used many images in last night’s TV election leaders debate to illustrate his argument that too many foreigners are getting in(...)

Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Immigration into Britain from eastern European countries that joined the European Union in 2004 is heavily concentrated in poorly paid occupations in(...)