Jennifer Hosten of Grenada (left) was Miss World 1970. Megan Young of the Philippines (right) is the reigning Miss World. Spot the difference in our 1970 - 2014 picture show (below). Some things really don’t ever change. Illustrations: Paul Scott

Miss World is the cockroach of the entertainment scene. Once it checks in, it’s unlikely to check out. Last year Miss World strutted its stuff in Indo(...)

Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is contingent upon it being allowed to stop migrants from the bloc tapping into its relatively generous welfare system, prime minister David Cameron will warn on Friday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron has signalled he is ready to lead Britain out of the European Union if other EU states set their faces against to(...)

The vote was hardly an auspicious start for Mr Juncker, under fire in his first month in office both over his role when Luxembourg leader and over a potential conflict of interest as head of a Commission examining tax avoidance

The European Commission’s new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, comfortably has survived a no-confidence vote brought over news that Luxembourg had lure(...)

Tony Blair has criticised David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate the terms of the United Kingdom’s EU membership in a referendum by the end of 2017. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Britain leaving the European Union would be viewed as an “extraordinary act of self-destruction”, Tony Blair has said.The former prime minister said (...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

Newly elected Ukip MP Mark Reckless, who took
   42 per cent of the vote in the Rochester and Strood byelection
. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Clacton-on-Sea is a depressing, depressed town in Essex that has a reputation of having the highest number of mobility scooters for the elderly and in(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Angela Merkel’s warning to David Cameron that she would prefer to see the UK leave the EU than allow it to undermine the core value of the free movem(...)

Different directions? Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with British  prime minister David Cameron at the Nato summit in Wales in September. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid /Getty Images

Britain has insisted it will put national interest first when addressing social pressures caused by migration, shrugging off an apparent German warnin(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: confirmed yesterday there will be a House of Commons vote on an opt-back in to the European arrest warrant within the next three weeks. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is to face increased pressure from Eurosceptic Conservative Party MPs to secure changes to EU migration rules (...)