Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meets former Minister Martin Cullen while canvassing in Waterford on Thursday: he urged “a strong note of caution” in the Irish general election campaign. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged a “strong note of caution” about opinion polls after his party recorded an increase in support in the lat(...)

Labour Party report  highlights perception that Ed Miliband was not as strong a leader as David Cameron and that he might need to be propped up by the Scottish National Party in government. Photograph: PA

Britain’s Labour Party lost last year’s general election because it lacked credibility on the economy, welfare benefits and migration and because Ed (...)

An electoral worker counts ballots as polls close in Britain’s general election, at a counting centre in Sheffield, in this May 7th, 2015 file photo. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The failure of opinion polls to predict the result of last year’s general election in the UK was due to unrepresentative polling samples, an inquiry h(...)

David Cameron’s Downing Street is not Bill Clinton’s White House: there are no late-night symposia over pizza, no infectious enthusiasm for politics as sport

For someone who is quite good at it, David Cameron is not very interested in politics. Britain’s prime minister does not read Robert Caro’s monument(...)

Margin of error . . .  an opinion poll on Greece’s bailout referendum published on Friday before the vote pointed to a slight lead for the Yes vote – the result was a resounding No. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Flash Crash, the book on high-frequency trading by Michael Lewis, provides a fascinating insight into how financial markets have been colonised by alg(...)

UK MP Norman Lamb, who has confirmed he is to stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following Nick Clegg’s resignation. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Norman Lamb has confirmed he will be standing for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats after being widely tipped as a frontrunner to replace Nick C(...)