P45: the comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands Theresa May a fake P45 at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

British cabinet ministers defended Theresa May on Wednesday after her keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference fell victim to a prankster a(...)

Comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands prime minister Theresa May a P45 during her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Theresa May was halfway through a slur against Jeremy Corbyn when comedian Simon Brodkin appeared at the podium and handed her a huge P45, saying “Bor(...)

Philip Hammond hands a cough sweet to  Theresa May after she suffered a coughing fit whilst addressing the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May reset her “mainstream Conservative agenda” on Wednesday, taking on her critics, and even a protester who interrupte(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson:  received the most enthusiastic reception of the conference when he spoke on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister Theresa May will on Wednesday tell her government to shape up and focus on solving Britain’s problems rather than on their own politica(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson takes the stage to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

For the first time during the Conservative party conference, there were queues outside the auditorium, with standing room only long before Boris John(...)

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The campaign by political parties for tax cuts is a “con job” which will undermine public services and generate profits for “legalised bandits” in the(...)

Defendant Peter Herbert outside  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after defendants were all found not guilty on charges of  false imprisonment of then-tánaiste Joan Burton at a water charges protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

When news broke last month that charges against the Jobstown protesters were being dropped, defence solicitor Michael Finucane said he hoped the case (...)

People hold Catalan pro-independence  flags as they raise  protest in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government will not recognise the outcome of the referendum on Catalan independence. Speaking to reporters in Du(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May  visits a home near the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester, October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Theresa May is right. “As Conservatives,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, “the arguments that we thought we’d had and won during the 1980s a(...)

A worker inspects a C-series plane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Belfast’s Bombardier aircraft factory has its roots in a period of intense co-operation and friendship between the north Atlantic neighbours of Canada(...)