Eric Pickles

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British home secretary Theresa May approaching No  10 Downing Street days after the Brexit referendum last month. Now she seems most likely to be taking up residence there as Conservative prime minister. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

For a woman who is on the verge of running the country, Theresa May seems almost preternaturally calm. “She’s basically the same as ever; quite relax(...)

Theresa May (above) will succeed David Cameron as British prime minister on Wednesday. This follows the decision by her rival Andrea Leadsom on Monday to pull out of the Tory leadership race. Photograph: Getty

Theresa May will become Britain’s next prime minister on Wednesday after an anticipated contest for the leadership evaporated in the wake of her rival(...)

Nearly 100 planning refusals by the British government for halting sites for Travellers and gypsies in England are open to legal challenge, following (...)

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said mosques and Muslim leader “bear a special responsibility” to ensure that young members of their faith do not fall under the sway of Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Muslims living peacefully in Britain should not feel that they “must go out of their way to prove their loyalty” to the country, the Muslim Council of(...)

Flooded homes amidst rising flood waters in Old Windsor, 32km west of London, on Tuesday. Chemical toilets have been sent to residents of the area. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Homeowners on Ham Lane and Meadow Way in Old Windsor in Berkshire, under water, miserable and now without electricity or working toilets, were (...)

 A Fire and Rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-hit homes adjacent to the river Thames in Walton-on-Thames yesterday. The Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron will continue to visit flood-hit areas of the UK today in an effort to demonstrate that he has a grip on the cris(...)

Swans with a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey, yesterday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Thousands of homes along the River Thames have been told to prepare for “significant flooding”, as the number of severe flood warnings in the south of(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers:  as transport minister met a lobbyist pitching for planning permission for a controversial rail freight yard in Hertfordshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has been cleared of charges that she broke ministerial disclosure rules by failing to register a meeting w(...)

Beinn An Tuirc wind farm on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland: communities that accept a wind farm in their midst could receive a package of benefits worth £100,000 a year.  Photograph: Ben Curtis.

Local communities in England will have greater rights to object to wind farms, under new guidelines just published by the British environment departme(...)

Eric Pickles: since he became secretary of state for communities and local government, his life has been dominated by planning regulations. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/PA

Eric Pickles, an ebullient, often blustering Yorkshireman, was given two pieces of advice by his predecessor, Sir Robert McCrindle, when(...)