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If the acclamation that greeted Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Glasgow this week is any guide, her position as lea(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon arriving at the main Glasgow counting centre in Scotland in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

The Scottish National Party went into this general election with losses predicted from their record 56-seat haul in 2015, but even the nationalists’ f(...)

The Liberal Democrats’ gains in London and Scotland were tempered by notable losses, including former leader Nick Clegg. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A failed gamble, a hung parliament, a lost Conservative majority, a surge in Labour support, a boost of confidence for a divisive leader, Ulster union(...)

Morning commuters cross Westminster Bridge on Friday with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background. Photogrpah:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Here are eight things we learned on a night of high political drama in Britain. 1 Theresa May’s future as prime minister appears far from strong and (...)

Theresa May: it can be only a matter of time before she steps down. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

Theresa May’s disastrous gamble on an early election has left her country without an effective government nine days before the start of the United Kin(...)

Prof Louise Richardson, from Tramore, Co Waterford,  was in Dublin for  her address to the annual Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland dinner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Co Waterford woman who heads the University of Oxford has said Irish universities’ slide down international rankings is a direct consequence of d(...)

Drumming up support for power-sharing: Martin McGuinness, Alex Salmond and Ian Paisley

It was 2007 and the fledgling power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland was looking for support and legitimacy. During successive choreographed(...)

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  at  her  first cabinet meeting  aftersignalling her intention to hold another independence referendum. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

Theresa May’s nemesis is not Jeremy Corbyn, the ghost leader of the opposition, but Nicola Sturgeon. Witness the vitriol poured on Sturgeon’s head for(...)

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed state visit to the UK of US president Donald Trump outside parliament in London on Monday night. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be allowed to come to Britain for a state(...)

Donald Trump once gave a personal guarantee to repay $640m to Deutsche and then refused to hand over more than half the cash. Photograph: AFP

The language was scathing, the tone sarcastic. “[Donald] Trump proclaims himself the archetypal businessman, a deal-maker without peer,” the memo said(...)

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