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Chancellor Philip Hammond with British prime minister Theresa May at a press conference in Canary Wharf, London on Wednesday.  May refused to confirm that Hammond would remain as chancellor after the election. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Theresa May and her chancellor Philip Hammond came to Canary Wharf on Wednesday morning to give Jeremy Corbyn his daily kicking. But nobody was intere(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech to Conservative Party members, in Bolton, England. Photograph: Andrew Yates - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Theresa May kicked off seven weeks of campaigning on Wednesday with a promise of strong and stable leadership after MPs overwhelmingly backed her call(...)

Former British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: “I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

George Osborne, the former British chancellor, has said he is stepping down as an MP “for now” following his decision to take a job as editor of the E(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  The opposition has accused her of breaking her word on everything from Brexit to calling an early election. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

For much of Wednesday’s debate in the House of Commons to authorise an early general election, MPs had their heads down, peering into their phones. I(...)

Since June 2014 the UK has received an interest payment of around £42 million (€50.2m) every six months from Ireland

Ireland has now paid £358 million (€428 million) in interest to the UK on a crisis loan it gave to the State in 2010. A total of £3.2 billion was len(...)

In a survey of more than 700 Conservative Party members, two in three were sanguine about the end of the UK union. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Is Britain’s governing party still conservative and unionist? That last word was originally a reference not to the union with Northern Ireland, but wi(...)

Beijing bathroom users are finding themselves on the hot seat over hoarding loo roll. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Crime wipeout Public toilets are now officially the hideous new frontier of technological innovation. This automatic toilet paper (...)

George Osborne: his “political viewpoint – socially liberal and economically pragmatic – closely matches that of many of our readers”, said the Evening Standard’s  owner, Evgeny Lebedev

Former UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne had been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard, its owner, Evgeny Lebedev, said. Mr Le(...)

Lord Heseltine  was one of 366 peers who inflicted a second defeat on the Government’s Brexit Bill.

Conservative former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has been sacked as a government adviser after rebelling over Brexit. The Tory grandee backed dema(...)

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks at Paston Farm Centre, in Paston near Peterborough, Britain, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Opposition parties matter only inasmuch as they stake a claim to office. The weather is made by those who wield power or those with a reasonable expec(...)

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