Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Craig Mackinlay, Conservative Parliamentry candidate for South Thanet, enjoy an ice cream  in Ramsgate, Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Boris Johnson walked away from the counter of the Sorbetto ice cream parlour in Ramsgate, happily chomping his way through a bubble gum-flavoured cone(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said Northern Irish MPs are “of equal status to MPs elected in any other part of the United Kingdom... After this election, there is a real possibility that Northern Ireland MPs could have a crucial role in the formation of the next United Kingdom government.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plans by four UK broadcasters to exclude the Democratic Unionist Party from TV general election debates are “inexplicable” since there is “a real poss(...)

David Cameron: trying to woo Ukip voters back to the Conservatives. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Ed Miliband went to Salford on Monday to declare that he would save the National Health Service and balance the UK’s budget with kindness. George Osbo(...)

Newly elected Ukip MP Mark Reckless, who took
   42 per cent of the vote in the Rochester and Strood byelection
. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Clacton-on-Sea is a depressing, depressed town in Essex that has a reputation of having the highest number of mobility scooters for the elderly and in(...)

Labour leader Ed Milliband and MP for Heywood and Middleton Liz McInnes meet people on the steps of Heywood library. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Heywood is a relatively undistinguished district on the outskirts of Rochdale, but, in its time, it has made its mark on the political landscape of Br(...)

Ukip candidate Douglas Carswell (left) is congratulated by the Conservative Party candidate Giles Watling (centre) after winning the byelection in Clacton-on-Sea in eastern England this morning. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The UK Independence Party has trounced the Conservatives in one byelection and run Labour to just over 600 votes in another once-safe seat, in results(...)

Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam González Durántez are applauded  at the party conference in Glasgow. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Martin Harper of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sat on an armchair on stage at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow yesterday, (...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) welcomes Mark Reckless to the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in south Yorkshire. Photograph: PA

Every September, thousands of horse- racing fans gather in Doncaster for the St Leger, the world’s oldest horse race and the final classic of the Brit(...)

 DUP Leader Peter Robinson (left) and Councillor Gavin Robinson (right) speaking at the Launch of the DUP Party’s European and local council election manifesto in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin and the DUP have consolidated their grip on Northern politics in the second day of counting in the local government elections. With more tha(...)

 A crowd in Croydon waits for Ukip leader Nigel Farage  who didn’t turn up. Photograph: Dan Dennison/Getty Images

Marcon Hibbert and the Endurance Steel Orchestra were hired on Monday evening to play steel drums outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon in s(...)

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