British foreign secretary Dominic Raab speaking at a coronavirus briefing in London on Monday. Photograph:   Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via The New York Times

With British prime minister Boris Johnson in intensive care, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has been asked to step up “where necessary” and run (...)

David Cameron gambled on this referendum uniting his party and enabling Britain to move beyond the European question. Photograph: Getty Images

It should have been enjoyable for Irish political obsessives to watch this British referendum. It was a massive decision. Big issues of national ident(...)

Former work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith appearing on the Andrew Marr show at BBC Studios, Central London, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned from cabinet on Friday, has delivered a devastating attack on the Government’s austerity programme, accusing prime mi(...)

Conservative MP Iain Duncan-Smith is greeted by Labour’s Diane Abbott on the election campaign trail. A document written in Duncan-Smith’s department said child benefit should be denied to 16- to 19-year-olds, a £1,000 loss for parents of a single child. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Elections often produce noise, rather than light, leaving behind controversies which are unintelligible to audiences looking back years later.Even by (...)

Duncan Smith: he said people in need of benefits would be given information about emergency payments. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Benefits in the United Kingdom should be paid more quickly to people whose circumstances change if hundreds of thousands are to avoid having to go to(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha have a drink by a beach during their holiday  in Ibiza, Spain on May 26th, 2013. Photograph: Getty

Standing outside No 10 Downing Street last Thursday, following the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, David Cameron once again showed how good he can be in(...)