Dennis Skinner – the UK Labour MP who has done for grey tweed sports jackets what Churchill did for cigars

Towards the close of this very agreeable, nuts-and-bolts documentary, Dennis Skinner – the UK Labour MP who has done for grey tweed sports jackets wha(...)

‘I never sit shotgun in a taxi. It’s  like choosing to sit next to the only other person in an empty cinema.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

There’s always room for more division. Consider this question. When taking a cab do you sit in the back or do you climb into the passenger seat like a(...)

Mary and John Green, great grandchildren of John Redmond, with photographs of Willie and John Redmond. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

There is a photograph in the Redmond family collection which may well be the last one taken of Major Willie Redmond MP. Redmond, who is wearing his (...)

 Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie: the political landscape in South Down is much changed since  the 2015 Westminster  election – Sinn Féin made considerable gains in the constituency in March’s Assembly election. Photograph: Eric Luke

This is a big election for the SDLP. While the DUP and Sinn Féin slug it out over who will be the driving force in Northern Ireland politics, for t(...)

Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street. ‘Her 12-point Brexit strategy will not survive its first contact with the enemy.’ Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

The best description of our new politics is that the truth is whatever leaders like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin want it to be. Stuck in old fashi(...)

British  home secretary Amber Rudd: outlined  policy that would see companies forced to publish lists of non-British staff. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Being Irish in Britain is pretty easy. We look the same, we speak the same language, we share jokes and football teams. We are even, in accordance wit(...)

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip), will be campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Leader of the British Ukip party Nigel Farage has insisted he is one of six people who can shift public opinion during the EU referendum on a Brexit.(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Asked a few years ago to nominate the best parliamentary speech he had ever heard, the former British Labour minister, Denis Healey, nominated Conserv(...)

Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher asked what the reaction would be if the British bombed Dundalk in pursuit of IRA terrorists when she(...)

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)