A file image of DUP politician Jim Wells, who has resigned following controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse at an election husting. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has quit after sparking controversy over comments about same-sex marriage. Jim Wells is to step down from th(...)

David Cameron  at the village hall in Norton-sub-Hamdon in the Yeovil constituency, Somerset. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

For five years, David Cameron has made great play of a letter left by a Labour minister for the Liberal Democrats’ David Laws on the latter’s first da(...)

The failure of Stormont to provide Northern Ireland-wide agreements over issues such as flying the union flag or the official use of the Irish language has seen local councils going on solo runs over the status given to British or Irish identity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You’ve heard it said a thousand times in relation to politics in Northern Ireland: “Politics never changes in this place . . .”But it does. Society in(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage  said he has been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7th British general election. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s anti-EU Ukip, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back (...)

Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

Sammy Wilson: Genial if also mischievous incumbent is favourite to secure the seat with a healthy majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Among the eight candidates the people of East Antrim can vote for in the Westminster general election are Sammy Wilson, Ruth Wilson and Alex Wilson. S(...)

Sinn Féin parliamentary candidate for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy: “Lough Neagh is one of the gems we have in Mid Ulster.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Mid Ulster constituency lying between the Sperrin Mountains in the west and Lough Neagh in the east was held by the DUP’s William McCrea for 14 ye(...)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Craig Mackinlay, Conservative Parliamentry candidate for South Thanet, enjoy an ice cream  in Ramsgate, Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Boris Johnson walked away from the counter of the Sorbetto ice cream parlour in Ramsgate, happily chomping his way through a bubble gum-flavoured cone(...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

British actress Joan Collins (left) has clarified that she is not the same Joan Collins (right) that was arrested at a protest over water meters in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Collins

Soap star Joan Collins took to twitter on Tuesday to deny she was arrested at a protest in Dublin.The British actress was referring to an incident in (...)