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Britain’s Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leaving his home in London on Monday. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Labour leader Keir Starmer has sought to calm nerves in his party after a chaotic weekend of internal conflict and a botched shadow cabinet reshuffle (...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, on the back of a fourth successive SNP Holyrood election win, will bide her time, but come the spring of next year will proceed with legislation for a poll, defying London to block it. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

England at the weekend gave Boris Johnson an enthusiastic electoral pat on the back in the local elections that should see off any talk of threats to (...)

A higher proportion of violent crime was not recorded, including domestic abuse and behavioural crimes, such as harassment, stalking and coercive controlling behaviour. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has resigned after the force was placed in special measures over its failure to record more than 80,0(...)

Addressing MPs on Thursday Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said infections in the southeast rose by 46 per cent in the past week. Photograph: PRU/AFP

More than two out of three people in England will be living under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday after measures were tigh(...)

Ireland already has consulates general in Edinburgh (premises pictured above) and in Cardiff. File photograph: Google Street View

Ireland’s diplomatic representation in Britain is set for a major expansion with the opening of a consulate general in Manchester covering the North o(...)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford visiting FareShare Greater Manchester at New Smithfield Market with his mother. Photograph: Fareshare/Mark Waugh/PA Wire

Footballer Marcus Rashford has been described as a “hero of our times” after his campaign to provide free meals to children in Britain during the scho(...)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham: “The culture is still that Westminster holds all the power and all the money.” Photograph:  Jacob King/PA

The coronavirus crisis has from the beginning revealed the limits of Westminster’s reach, as devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Irel(...)

 Marcus Rashford: the British  government defeated Labour’s motion backing the footballer’s  campaign  for free school  meals to be provided for poor children during school holidays  while the coronavirus pandemic lasts. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Boris Johnson, who cut a swathe through Labour strongholds last December by promising to “level up” the neglected English provinces, has this week see(...)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside Bridgewater Hall, in the shadow of the North West Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central, on Tuesday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

In shifting its pandemic strategy from a national to a regional approach the UK government made much of moving forward in partnership with local autho(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson criticised Labour leader Keir Starmer’s call for a time-limited ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Boris Johnson has agreed to distribute £60 million (€66m) to boroughs in Greater Manchester after the region’s mayor Andy Burnham rejected the sum as (...)

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