Outgoing European Commission president José Manuel Barroso  attends the review of the Barroso II commission at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ten years after he took the helm at the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg for one last time yes(...)

The challenge for David Cameron in setting out British terms for the renegotiation of its relationship with Europe, was always that he should not(...)

‘Several decisions by the Strasbourg Court have particularly upset Tories’. Above,  party leader David Cameron  addresses the Conservative party’s annual conference earlier this month. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the rush by the Tory Party right to outdo Ukip in proving its anti-European credentials the target has moved beyond the “tyrannical” EU to Strasbou(...)

The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A political group in the European Parliament led by the UK Independence Party collapsed yesterday following the defection of a Latvian MEP.The dissolu(...)

Further evidence of the unsettled nature of British politics emerged last week from the by-elections won by the UK Independence Party (Ukip) from the (...)

Labour leader Ed Milliband and MP for Heywood and Middleton Liz McInnes meet people on the steps of Heywood library. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Heywood is a relatively undistinguished district on the outskirts of Rochdale, but, in its time, it has made its mark on the political landscape of Br(...)

Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, says  foreign patients’ illnesses are putting pressure on the National Health Service. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has defended his belief that HIV-positive immigrants should be banned from entering the United Kingdom. Dur(...)

Ukip candidate Douglas Carswell (left) is congratulated by the Conservative Party candidate Giles Watling (centre) after winning the byelection in Clacton-on-Sea in eastern England this morning. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The UK Independence Party has trounced the Conservatives in one byelection and run Labour to just over 600 votes in another once-safe seat, in results(...)

Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam González Durántez are applauded  at the party conference in Glasgow. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Martin Harper of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sat on an armchair on stage at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow yesterday, (...)

British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg takes part in the Liberal Democrats’ vote on airport expansion yesterday at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

in Glasgow Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today suffered a blow at the hands of his own party when delegates vetoed plans for new airport runwa(...)