Karen Bradley

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Before she was made Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley was unaware that nationalists did not vote for unionist parties. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A senior Tory MP has expressed regret at the “hurt” her words caused while serving as Northern Ireland secretary. Karen Bradley spent 18 months in th(...)

Theresa May: “I think the government is putting the integrity of the UK at risk.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Theresa May has told MPs she will vote against a Bill that gives British ministers the power to break international law by reneging on parts of the Br(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Downing Street has warned the House of Lords against attempting to block the UK Internal Market Bill, which would break international law by giving Br(...)

Northern Ireland’s MLAs have agreed a process to return a controversial £1,000 pay rise. On Thursday the Assembly Commission determined that it was (...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid  leaves after a cabinet meeting on Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, has not yet earmarked any “new” money for Northern Ireland at the beginning of the UK’s budget pro(...)

DUP party leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As a rule of thumb, whatever the DUP says is good, is bad economically, and whatever it says is bad tends to bring distinct economic advantages. If ev(...)

Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

Julian Smith, who was the British government chief whip for the past 18 months, is a senior and experienced figure unlike his predecessor Karen Bradley who was prone to gaffes and often appeared hapless during her time as Northern Secretary. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of newly appointed Northern Secretary Julian Smith to Belfast to meet Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the five Northern parties so soon after his(...)

Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State Julian Smith in Derry for his first visit to the region since his appointment. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main political parties were “very close” to striking deal to restor(...)

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

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