Julian Smith: his sacking is  a strategic error that demonstrates Boris  Johnson’s “dangerous indifference” to Northern Ireland, says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

Prime minister criticised over sacking of Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith

Chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Chancellor resigns over demands to sack his advisers and is replaced by Rishi Sunak

Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s consigliere. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Cabinet sackings enable PM to concentrate power in No 10 to an unprecedented extent

British prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons: he   said it was right that foreign national offenders should be deported ‘in accordance with the law’. Photograph:  Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Labour leader refers to prime minister’s cocaine admission during heated exchange

UK prime minister Boris Johnson during a visit to see the HS2 rail project under construction in Birmingham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Pool/Reuters

Corbyn backs plan but mocks No 10’s assertion it is planning Scotland-NI bridge

Scotland’s finance minister Derek Mackay   with first minister Nicola Sturgeon: Mr Mackay sent hundreds of  messages to a 16-year-old boy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

Potential future SNP leader Derek Mackay’s conduct ‘unacceptable’, Sturgeon says

British prime minister Boris Johnson delivers his Unleashing Britain’s Potential speech  at the Old Royal Naval College. He alluded to the James Thornhill  ceiling artwork. Photograph: Jason Alden

London Letter: Exhibition frames empire’s confidence but features many optical tricks

Legal move follows an incident in south London last Sunday when police shot dead Sudesh Amman, a convicted terrorist who had been released early, after he stabbed two people on the street. Photograph: PA

Terrorist suspects who pose threat to the public due for early release

 Julian Knight, the Conservative chairman of the Commons digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee, suggested it was time to look at abolishing the licence fee altogether. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

PM accused of following Trump’s playbook over access to Brexit briefing

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Monday. Photograph:  Frank Augstein/AP/AFP via Getty Images

PM’s rhetoric sounded hardline on Monday but he did leave himself some wriggle room

 Boris Johnson giving  a speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich on Monday. “In one field after another, Britain is far ahead,” he said. Photograph:  Frank Augstein/Getty Images

PM says UK will maintain current standards in key areas without formal commitment

Pro-Brexit supporters celebrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Friday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

UK can ‘rediscover the power of independent thought and action’, prime minister says

An EU supporter holds flags during an anti-Brexit event in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Years of rancour over UK’s exit from the bloc may not have been about Europe after all

Britain’s PM Boris Johnson at Downing Street, London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

British PM will say in video message that UK’s exit marks a new era of greater equality

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: The UK government’s reassuring message to EU citizens is at odds with its tough talk on immigration. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

London Letter: Government attempts to reassure EU citizens are at odds with tough talk on immigration

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson says he will be mindful of the feelings of those who regret Brexit. Photograph: Jessica Taylor /AFP via Getty Images

Campaign to ring Big Ben on Friday has been called off

Britain’s move on Huawei is an act of defiance against Washington, declaring that it will not be part of a trade war against China. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas

Chinese role key to Johnson’s 5G network plan and its prioritising over US trade links

 Huawei’s main UK offices in Reading. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

US has urged allies to exclude Chinese company from networks, citing security risk

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: has not ruled out trading fishing rights for concessions in other areas post-Brexit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

‘Very fast, very friendly’ post-Brexit transition period ending on cards, Johnson says

British prime minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street in London, England. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

London Letter: Brussels at a loss over insistence on no ‘political alignment’ after Brexit

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are expected to sign the withdrawal agreement in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA

Country to ‘move forwards as one United Kingdom’ with Brexit, Boris Johnson says

Floral tributes left close to London Bridge on December 1st, 2019, after the deadly terror incident in which two people were stabbed to death. Photograph: Getty

Measures part of new Counter-Terrorism Bill to be introduced during first 100 days in office

Tánaiste Simon Coveney briefs Irish journalists in Brussels on Monday, after a meeting with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Peers back amendment to give EU nationals proof of right to stay in UK after Brexit

Left to right: Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy and Keir Starmer during the Labour leadership husting at the ACC Liverpool. Photograph: PA

Ex-chief of staff Karrie Murphy elevated despite handling of complaints on anti-semitism

The five Labour leadership candidates: Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Keir Starmer is favourite. But many members are eager for their first woman leader

Boris Johnson argues that before the 2014 independence referendum, the SNP said the vote would be a ‘once in a generation’ vote and that they should hold to that commitment.

London Letter: Johnson rails against SNP record and rejects request for second referendum

 Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey is  in the lead, according to a new poll. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Candidates to succeed Jeremy Corbyn seek union support as contest enters new stage

To succeed, the Europeans must persuade Donald Trump to ignore the hawks around his administration who believe that even more brutal sanctions can topple the Iranian regime. Photograph: Omer Messinger

Britain, France and Germany fear Trump will deprive Iran of incentive to compromise

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and the head of the country’s nuclear agency inspecting nuclear technology last April. Photograph: EPA/Iranian Presidency Office

Move pushes 2015 accord closer to collapse after Iran breached enrichment limits

 Lisa Nandy delivering a speech in Dagenham on Monday. She appealed to Labour Party members to make a “brave” choice by choosing her as leader.  Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Candidates now seek backing to get on final ballot of half a million members and supporters

Britain’s Prince Harry with Meghan Markle.  Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Couple will ‘spend time in Canada and the UK’, notes statement after royal summit

British prime minister Boris Johnson said the Stormont deal would restore ‘public confidence in stable devolved government’. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Labour party confirms it will back Westminster legislation in support of the deal

Stephen Barclay, the UK’s Brexit secretary: “We will restore trust in this House and in our democracy. Once Brexit is delivered on 31st January, we can turn our eyes towards our other national priorities.” Photograph: EPA

Conservatives’ support ensures Britain will depart from the European Union later this month

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex,  appear fully prepared to exploit their status commercially. File photograph: Reuters

London Letter: ‘We always said we would never talk about what might have been’

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks   in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters

PM accused of endangering British soldiers in Middle East by supporting Trump

Boris Johnson greets EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen ahead of a meeting in Downing Street. Photograph: PA

No ‘quality access’ to single market unless UK matches EU standards, says Von der Leyen

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is set to met UK prime minister Boris Johnson along with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

MPs to debate impact of prime minister’s Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

British defence secretary Ben Wallace during the debate on  Iran in the   Commons. Photograph:  UK Parliamentary Recording Unit

UK defence secretary comes close in Commons to endorsing US killing of Suleimani

 Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey, early favourites as Britain’s Labour Party on Monday began the formal contest to replace its leader. Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty Images

Starmer, Thornberry, Lewis, Phillips, Nandy and Long Bailey have said they are running

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab: In a joint statement with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, London has called for restraint. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Johnson avoids criticising killing of Suleimani and urges Iraq to allow troops remain

Shoppers walk along Donegall Place in Belfast. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Business groups in the region want compensation for disruption caused by UK’s exit

British prime minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up after delivering his speech during the Conservative Party conference at the Manchester Convention Centre, Britain. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Pool/EPA

Tory leader’s path to an 80-seat majority involved ambition and broken promises

British prime minister Boris Johnson sitting among Conservative colleagues in the House of Commons on Friday. Photograph:   Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Vote of 358 to 234 marks the end of parliament’s three-year conflict over Brexit

Alliance’s new MP for North Down Stephen Farry said he wanted his first formal comments in the House of Commons to be in Irish “to reflect the shared heritage of the language across all the traditions in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Maiden speeches by new Northern Ireland MPs display unified, anti-Brexit front

British prime minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at  the  opening of parliament in the House of Lords,   Westminster, on Thursday, December 19th. Photograph:   Kirsty Wigglesworth/Reuters

Sturgeon sets out case for Scottish parliament to call second independence referendum

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood: “In 1972, 14 innocent civil rights marchers were gunned down by the British army on the streets of Derry. Is prosecuting those veterans vexatious? No it is not.”   Photograph: Pacemaker Press

London letter: SDLP leader wasted no time in criticising a diminished DUP

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaking to the House of Commons for the first time since his election victory. Photograph: UK Parliament via Getty

Pound slides as British government signals hard Brexit deadline to be enshrined in law

British prime minister Boris Johnson alongside members of his cabinet in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP/UK Parliament

Nobody in Brussels believes a deal can be negotiated and ratified by the end of 2020

British prime minister Boris Johnson greets newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament in London. The new MPs will be sworn in on Tuesday. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

PM completes mini-reshuffle ahead of comprehensive reshaping of cabinet in February

British prime minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in Downing Street  on December 13th,  in London, England. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn takes responsibility for worst result since 1935 but insists party’s policies were popular

 Boris Johnson at Downing Street: “We will work round the clock to repay your trust and to deliver on your priorities with a parliament that works for you.” Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Scale and nature of prime minister’s victory set to reshape British political landscape

Prime minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street on Friday after the Conservative Party won an electoral landslide.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Conservative election campaign began not six weeks ago but when Boris Johnson became PM

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: has won the Conservatives’ biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher in 1987, with an 80-seat majority. Photograph: Vickie Flores

With Brexit mandate, PM vows to respect Remainers and forge new links with EU

Copies of the London Evening Standard on Friday, with the front page reporting on the election victory of  Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the general election. Photograph:  Daniel Sorabji/AFP via Getty Images

Sturgeon is told PM has an ‘unwavering commitment’ to strengthening the union

British prime minister Boris Johnson with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin in September. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Conservatives secure 80-seat majority in UK election following Labour collapse

The scale of Boris Johnson’s victory means he will be able to pass his withdrawal agreement through Parliament on January 31st without difficulty. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Analysis: Labour ‘Red Wall’ bulldozed as party strongholds across England fall to Conservatives

Methodist Central Hall polling station opens in London, as voters go to the polls in today’s general election. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

It’s Election Day: If Johnson cannot win a majority, the future of Brexit could change

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and his dog Dilyn (right), and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, are are seen as they attend polling stations to vote. Photograph: Tolga Akmen and Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Outcome of British general election will dictate future direction of Brexit

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during an election campaign event in Dinnington, near Sheffield, on the final day of campaigning on Wednesday. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

By 7am the official result should be clear and an official declaration imminent

 Boris Johnson at the Copper Box Arena in London, on Wednesday. Britain’s prime minister spent the final day of the  campaign trying to persuade voters to  give him a governing majority. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Telegraph poll says the Conservative lead is down to five points

Prime minister Boris Johnson tries his hand in goal before a football match between Hazel Grove Utd and Poynton Jnr u10s in the Cheshire Girls football league in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

With one day until election, YouGov poll shows Conservative lead over Labour shrinking

 Conservative  leader Boris Johnson campaigning   at a JCB plant  in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson to warn that tactical voting could put Corbyn into Downing Street, while Labour leader will focus on undecided voters

British prime minister Boris Johnson drives a Union flag-themed JCB through a fake wall while on the election campaign trail in  Uttoxeter on Tuesday. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: Final days of election campaign have not gone to plan for UK prime minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: pocketed a reporter’s phone to avoid looking at a picture of a sick child on the floor of a hospital. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Tories try to distract with false claims about Matt Hancock being punched

British prime minister Boris Johnson looks at a photograph of a four-year-old boy with suspected pneumonia having to sleep on the floor in a hospital because of a shortage of beds, having initially refused to look at it. Photograph: ITV/PA Wire

Tánaiste rejects Johnson’s claim that checks will not be needed on goods

Boris Johnson speaking to ITV reporter Joe Pike. He refused to look at a photograph of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr, who was thought to have pneumonia, lying on a pile of coats on the floor at Leeds General Hospital. Screengrab: ITV

PM’s decision to pocket a reporter’s phone rather than look at a sick child a terrible misstep

British prime minister Boris Johnson looks at the photograph on ITV reporter Joe Pike’s phone of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr lying on  the floor of the emergency department at Leeds General Hospital, after initially refusing to look at it. Screen grab: ITV/PA Wire

Prime minister shown picture of boy (4) asleep on floor of overcrowded hospital

Prime minister Boris Johnson at Conservative campaign headquarters call centre, London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of executing a Great Betrayal of 2016 Brexit referendum vote

British prime minister Boris Johnson at the Conservative campaign headquarters call centre in London on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty

Polls continue to flag Tory majority but show contest tightening in final days of campaign

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson has maintained his personal lead over Corbyn, who remains unpopular, particularly among older voters in the midlands and the north of England. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

In the final days, Labour is rising in the polls but the Conservatives enjoy a 10-point lead

A snap poll from YouGov found the public almost evenly divided over who won the debate, with 48 per cent saying Jeremy Corbyn came out on top and 52 per cent choosing Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jeff Overs/EPA/BBC

Labour leader accuses prime minister of deceiving public over Brexit deal

Andrew Neil gave a three-minute speech to camera last night challenging Boris Johnson to face a half-hour grilling from him

BBC interviewer’s three-minute speech to camera calls on prime minister to face grilling on trust issue

Former Brexit Party MEP for East Midlands Annunziata Rees-Mogg: stood down to avoid splitting the Brexit vote in key marginals and putting Britain’s departure from the EU at risk.  Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Labour vow to let EU citizens in UK vote on Brexit comes as anti-Semitism row deepens

Throughout the campaign, Boris Johnson has portrayed his government as a new one, as opposed to the Conservatives seeking a fourth term in office. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Getty Images

Party leaders back on the campaign trail

British prime minister Boris Johnson said the Conservative Party wants ‘to abolish poverty’.  Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister promises review of Britain’s defence, security and foreign policy

US president Donald Trump and Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau during the Nato Summit in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

US president calls Canadian PM ‘two-faced’ after overheard conversation

Leaders of NATO alliance countries, and its secretary general, join Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the prince of Wales for a group picture during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/Pool via The New York Times

Conservatives hold their breath waiting for Trump to leave after Nato summit without causing any trouble

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: apologised for Labour’s handling of complaints about anti-Semitism. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

‘We want nothing to do with it’ says president after PM requested he avoid UK election talk

US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Boris Johnson meeting in New York in September 2019. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

Strategists hoping US president stays out of election ahead of Nato summit

Leanne O’Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge to honour him and Saskia Jones, both killed in Friday’s London Bridge attack. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

PM rejects London Bridge attack exploitation claims as Corbyn writes to Trump about NHS

Floral tributes to Jack Merritt (25) who died in Friday’s London Bridge attack along with Saskia Jones (23). Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

PM’s attempt to seize advantage from killings could backfire as Trump comes to London

UK prime minister Boris Johnson amde the comments while speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC Picture Publicity/Getty

PM failed to explain why Conservatives had not changed system during time in power

British prime minister Boris Johnson (R) and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove speak during an election campaign event in Millbank Tower, London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

British PM’s electoral strategy may place limits on his room to manoeuvre in trade talks

Police and emergency vehicles gather near London Bridge in England,  after what was described as a  terrorist incident in the area. Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson vows those involved in suspected terror incident will be ‘hunted down’

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference  in London, England. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

PM also pledges to give British firms preferential treatment in public procurement

An ice sculpture is put in place for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the studio before the start of the Channel 4 News election climate debate. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Channel 4 replaces absent PM with melting ice sculpture for TV debate

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before a Channel Four election debate on climate. “I’m always the last one to turn the heating on.” Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tory leader plays down poll pointing to Conservative majority of almost 70 seats, insisting the election remains close

The flags of St George, the flag of Scotland and the union flag fly high. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

London Letter: Vote may have serious consequences for two constitutional questions

Jeremy Corbyn with redacted versions of the leak documents on Wednesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Papers do not prove Corbyn’s NHS claims, but they raise questions about UK’s future choices

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds up redacted documents of secret talks between the UK and US governments in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Documents show US wants starting point for post-Brexit trade talks to be full market access

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the audience during a climate emergency rally on November 27th, 2019 in Falmouth, England. Photograph: William Dax/Getty Images

Corbyn could yet deprive Johnson of majority as Labour changes strategy

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the Labour Party’s race and faith manifesto at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Labour leader to attempt to shift focus to NHS and away from anti-Semitism claims

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed by Andrew Neil on the BBC, in London, Britain. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via Reuters

Labour leader’s approach to anti-Semitism remains a failure of leadership

 Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn  on BBC TV’s The Andrew Neil Interviews. “What I’ll say is this. I am determined that our society is safe for people of all faiths.” Photograph: BBC/handout via Reuters

Labour leader declines to apologise to Britain’s Jews for his handling of the issue

 Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis who, in an article for The Times, The Chief Rabbi has warned that the soul of the UK is at stake if Labour gain power in the general election. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Corbyn’s record on racism under spotlight as chief rabbi makes unprecedented intervention

British prime minister Boris Johnson trims a sheep as he visits the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Llanelwedd, Britain. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Pool via Reuters

British prime minister rejects accusations a pledge for more nurses is misleading

British prime minister Boris Johnson holds a copy of the party manifesto as he speaks at the Conservative Party’s manifesto launch.  Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Tories have been buoyed by a better-than-expected reception in Scotland

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in Thurrock: Boris Johnson has launched “a manifesto for billionaires”. Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Johnson condemns ‘retrograde and destructive socialism’ at manifesto launch

All out of ideas? UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Haunted by Theresa May’s catastrophic 2017 manifesto, Tories decide to play it safe

A Scottish-independence rally in Glasgow this month. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty

In Scotland, the thorny question of Brexit is complicated by the independence issue

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