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John MacBride, Anne MacBride and Dan MacBride pictured at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The centenary of the Easter Rising has led to the largest ever gathering of the MacBride clan. Major John McBride was one of the 16 leaders of the E(...)

Iain Duncan Smith: his leaving the British cabinet is not Michael Jackson leaving The Jacksons. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The election-winning Conservative prime minister could carry millions. He could not carry Iain Duncan Smith. Rebellion by the MP for Chingford and oth(...)

Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee in a file photograph from 2007. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Paul Daniels was a performer with a magic touch who entertained TV audiences for decades. The Paul Daniels Magic Show regularly attracted 15 million (...)

Letters from Princess Diana: A few months before she died, the princess had consigned many of her dresses to auction to raise funds for charity. Photograph: Reuters

A previously undocumented friendship between an Irish nun and the late Diana, Princess of Wales has come to light in correspondence that has turned up(...)

What is Brexit? The countdown has begun to the United Kingdom’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union. The stakes are high: if UK voters o(...)

Cecil Parkinson: Thatcher appointed him minister for trade on her victory in 1979. Then, in 1981, she promoted him to paymaster-general and made him chairman of the party. Photograph: Tony Harris/PA Wire

Cecil Parkinson, who has died aged 84, occupied important cabinet offices and was twice chairman of the British Conservative Party, but his career was(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: “Never been my intention to strong-arm people into voting for a position they don’t agree with.” Photograph: Reuters

Conservative Eurosceptics have welcomed David Cameron’s decision to allow cabinet ministers to campaign on either side of Britain’s referendum on EU (...)

British prime minister David Cameron: seeking to renegotiate Britain’s EU ties before a vote due by the end of next year. Photograph: Jack Hill/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron will let government ministers campaign to leave the European Union in an upcoming referendum, a source in his of(...)

After a referendum campaign that fails to catch fire, voters will choose to stay in the EU. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The ancients believed that forecasts were an affront to the gods. But we are impudent postmoderns now: we can venture a speculative account of Britain(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (left) is greeted by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next to European Council president Donald Tusk  ahead of a meeting at the EU Council in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

David Cameron arrives in Brussels on Thursday under mounting domestic pressure to secure an agreement on curbing welfare payments to European Union mi(...)

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