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Fine Gael leadership hopefuls Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. “The history of party politics has shown us that healthy leadership tussles can be destructive forces.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In May 1994 two prominent Labour MPs sat down for a meal in the Granita restaurant in Islington, north London. They were the leading contenders for th(...)

Scotland players celebrate their win over Wales at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The tartan endgame is straightforward enough. Scotland need only beat England at Twickenham on Saturday, defeat Italy with a bonus point the following(...)

Gerald Bernard Kaufman, politician: born June 21st, 1930 – died  February 26th, 2017. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

In Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, the Labour party had not only one of its longest-serving MPs, but also one of its loyalest, if most waspish, (...)

Theresa May: could have got her excuses in early. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

There will be no eleventh-hour conversion or legal intercession. Next month, Theresa May must table article 50 and start Britain’s withdrawal from the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May: The only viable course for Ireland after Brexit is to commit strongly and unambiguously to the EU regardless of the British exit outcome. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Make no mistake about it, the best outcome for Ireland would be for Britain not only to stay in the EU but also to adopt the euro as its currency. Nei(...)

 Tristram Hunt: “I have no desire to rock the boat now and anyone who interprets my decision to leave in that way is just plain wrong.” Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Tristram Hunt is to resign as a Labour MP to take up the job of director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, triggering a byelection in his vulnerable(...)

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers has resigned. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union has resigned unexpectedly, just three months before the start of formal Brexit talks, and weeks after pro-B(...)

The Alan Turing computerised poem/artwork at Paddington. Photograph:  Julia Kreitman

Behind Paddington Station, underneath a bridge by the canal stands a rectangle of black, perforated, aluminium panels, through which an LED display sh(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump, who who has already softened his line on various subjects. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Imagine that Britain’s Labour Party had replaced Gordon Brown or Ed Miliband before they contested a general election. In all likelihood, there would (...)

The ministry of foreign affairs in The Hague has confirmed it’s looking into claims that Ron Keller was involved in a sexual relationship with the female employee

The Dutch ambassador to Beijing has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he had a secret relationship with a Chinese staff me(...)

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