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The former British Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, who has died aged 86, played a small but important part in the history of his party by ac(...)

File photo. Police have rescued eight men from a farm following an investigation into potential slavery and servitude in England. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Police have rescued eight men from a farm following an investigation into potential slavery and servitude in England. Officers from Hampshire Police, (...)

Left: Highclere Castle. Right: Table setting at Highclere

Carson the butler’s lip would surely quiver at news that Christie’s is holding an online-only charity auction entitled “Heroes at Highclere: Experienc(...)

England’s Gary Ballance lifts his bat after reaching his century during the third Test  against India at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

A climbing wall has been installed at the Rose Bowl, alongside the Shane Warne stand: they want to make the Test attractive to young families and all (...)

Conservative party candidate Robert Jenrick and wife Michal leave Kelham Hall  in Newark yesterday after winning the Newark byelection. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Roger Helmer looked just a little crestfallen yesterday as he stood outside the UK Independence Party’s campaign headquarters in Newark in Nottingh(...)

D-Day veteran Cecil Deller (89), from Cambridgeshire, stands on Sword Beach in Hermanville, France. Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries, including Britain and the United States, join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, helping to bring about the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Hundreds of second World War veterans have begun commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, with many crossing the Chann(...)

Aylesford bridge at Sunset

We are four ladies (over 60) visiting London for a few days and we would like to see a bit of the countryside by train and maybe stay overnight. We wo(...)

Ukip party leader Nigel Farage meeting supporters in South Ockendon, Essex, yesterday. His party has made strong gains across the United Kingdom in local elections. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures can illustrate much. John Defty took nearly 30 per cent of the vote in Hetton Ward in the Sunderland City Council elections on Thursday, comin(...)

Scottish Labour politician James Keir Hardie (1856 - 1915), addressing a peace meeting in Trafalgar Square, London, from the plinth of Nelson’s Column. Keir Hardie was born in Legbrannock, in Lanarkshire, and worked in a coalpit from the age of 10. After working as a journalist he turned to politics. The founding Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party (1888), Keir Hardie was elected to Parliament in 1892 for West Ham South, and then in 1900 for Merthyr Tydfil. He was the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament (1906-07).  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

T wo days after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo, Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith stood in the Commons, d(...)

A British Ministry of Defence photograph of a  Lynx Mk9A helicopter  on operations over Helmand, Afghanistan.

An investigation is under way to determine why a Lynx helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing five British service personnel. (...)

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