Julian Smith

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Julian Smith: his sacking is  a strategic error that demonstrates Boris  Johnson’s “dangerous indifference” to Northern Ireland, says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson has reshaped his government to concentrate more power in 10 Downing Street after Sajid Javid resigned as chancell(...)

Chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Outgoing chancellor Sajid Javid has warned Boris Johnson not to undermine the credibility of the treasury as the prime minister’s team took effective (...)

Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s consigliere. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Boris Johnson’s reshuffle was billed in advance as a modest affair, and in his Commons office on Thursday morning, he sacked just five ministers. But (...)

After successive nonentities apparently briefed to do and say the minimum, appointing Smith, the tough and skilled former Tory chief whip, did indicate genuine Johnson interest in restoring Stormont. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

No details man, Boris Johnson is reputedly forensic about those who cross him. It has been clear for some time that Julian Smith would cease to be Nor(...)

Julian Smith arriving at Downing Street earlier this month. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Julian Smith, it may not be generally known, as well as playing a pivotal role in restoring Stormont, is married to the television producer Amanda Wil(...)

Outgoing Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith said the ‘warmth and support from people across Northern Ireland has been incredible’. File photograph: AFP

The sacking of Julian Smith as Northern Secretary by British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday morning was met in Ireland, North and South, by (...)

Sajid Javid on his way to meet Boris Johnson in London on Thursday. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

Sajid Javid has abruptly quit as UK chancellor after a brutal power struggle with prime minister Boris Johnson and his top adviser Dominic Cummings ov(...)

 Brandon Lewis at 10 Downing Street. Photogrpah: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images

British prime minister Boris Johnson has appointed Brandon Lewis as Northern Ireland secretary, his office said, after sacking Julian Smith from (...)

Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster: the legislation is a “massive and welcome step forward for the innocent victims” of the Troubles.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter

New legislation which establishes a payment scheme for victims of the Troubles will block anyone injured while committing a crime from benefiting. P(...)

 Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists in 1989. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has won permission at Belfast’s High Court to challenge an alleged failure to act on a finding that his k(...)

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