Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters 0:44

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton arrive at Salford Cathedral for the funeral of Labour MP Jim Dobbin on September 20th. The party had already selected its candidate to contest Dobbin’s Heywood and Middleton seat. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In life Jim Dobbin, a Scot and the son of a coalminer, was Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton outside Rochdale following 30 years of work for the Nat(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne speaking on EU reform at a conference in London yesterday organised by the Open Europe organisation. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

David Cameron bought time a year ago when he promised a referendum offering a clear choice to voters in 2017 on whether the United Kingdom should stay(...)

The Conservatives hold the majority of seats along the southern end of the proposed HS2 high-speed train route, seats that will be crucial if the party is to have any chance of single-party rule after the next British general election. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

In times past, British monarchs had to keep a close eye on the barons in the shires, fearful that any change in loyalty threatened disaster to their h(...)

About 2.5m people in the UK are unemployed but those  in work are not guaranteed a living wage, the report said

George Osborne has had a good week, enthused by the energy of the Chinese during his week-long visit, while back at home economic numbers continue to (...)