Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 1:04

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

‘Nominating a legacy contact is harder than it looks, not least because of its brutal implication. The simple fact that it exists at all is a stark reminder that life is finite. Which is such a bummer. Facebook isn’t the place to go to learn that you’re going to die.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As a man in my mid-30s in the year 2015, I spend the bulk of my life diligently and repeatedly carrying out one simple task – ignoring the prospect of(...)

Richard Desmond: “Everybody has ethics, I’m sure Adolf Hitler had ethics. It’s about what you think is right.” Photograph: Peter Maciarmid/Getty Images

The Irish Times is being escorted to the top floor of the Northern & Shell office building in London by a hefty young man who says he “looks af(...)

British Labour Party MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall at the GMB union’s annual conference at Citywest in Dublin. All five are runnning for leadership of the party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Five British Labour Party politicians sat on a stage in Dublin’s Citywest on Tuesday, seeking votes from 1,000 delegates of a major British trade unio(...)

Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB union. “How do you build a family life on zero hours? It’s beyond me. There was an Italian, previously a finance minister who was scratching his head. A Dutch guy with factories in the UK was doing the same.”

The meeting-table in the London office of Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB union, is home to a stone taken from the ruins of the cottage w(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: underwent procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition. Mr R(...)

 A Romanian man is interviewed by Immigration Enforcement officers after a raid on a residential property looking for illegal immigrants in Southall, England. Photograph: Laura Lean/Getty Images

Theresa May turned up on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme at 8.10am on Thursday to talk tough about cracking down on illegal workers in Britain and (...)

The British Labour Party has been pitched into a leadership contest after its defeat in the UK election was followed immediately by Ed Miliband’s resi(...)

Nigel Farage: Ukip said yesterday Mr Farage’s senior adviser and  party secretary would no longer represent it. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Two aides to Ukip leader Nigel Farage have been forced out as the party is gripped by post-election infighting.The UK Independence Party confirmed yes(...)

Acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman (front) with some of the newly elected Labour MPs  in Westminster, central London, this week. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Britain’s major trade unions have been given months to sign up their members to vote in September’s election for the Labour Party leadership to repla(...)