In relation to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance US president Donald Trump said: ‘we’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe’ punishment: Reuters

US president Donald Trump said does not want to “hurt jobs” by sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, but has nonetheless(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, right, with UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt at a press briefing at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday, July 30th, 2018. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

China has offered to hold talks with Britain on a post-Brexit free trade deal during a visit by foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is in Beijing to tr(...)

So where, when the dust has settled, will the UK end up? It will become Canada. It will have a trade relationship with the EU similar to Canada’s. It (...)

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union (Brexit minister) David Davis: His appointment, in conjunction with those of Boris Johnson as foreign minister and Liam Fox in trade, led Angus Robertson, leader of the Scottish National Party at Westminster,  to descibe the   cabinet as one of the most right-wing in the modern era. Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May has transformed the British cabinet, putting all but a handful of ministries under new leadership and sacking some of the most powerful f(...)

Former UK chancellor Ken Clarke criticised most of the contenders for the Conservative Party leadership while wearing a live Sky News microphone. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former UK chancellor Ken Clarke has strongly criticised most of the main contenders in the Conservative leadership race. In apparently unguarded rema(...)

Cecil Parkinson in 1982: he “would have been the most natural candidate to succeed Margaret Thatcher”, according to former minister Malcolm Rifkind. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after a long battle with cancer, his family has announced. The Tory grandee served i(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cameron had just arrived home on September 18th last year, the night of the Scottish independence referendum, when he got a telephone call sh(...)

Cash for influence

Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw would use their political influence to lobby for a putative Hong Kong firm in return for handsome fees, according to a(...)

 Former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind besieged by the media yesterday. The Conservative MP resigned his role as chairman of the ISC and is to resign from Parliament as a result of a cash for access lobbying scandal.

Downing Street will hope that the resignation yesterday of former British foreign secretary, Malcolm Rifkind has drawn a partial line under the lates(...)

 Malcolm Rifkind, who said he is to step down as an MP at the upcoming British general election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as an MP at the upcoming general election following criticism over “cash-for-access” (...)

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