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British chancellor George Osborne at the annual “Dinner to the Bankers and Merchants” at the Mansion House in London on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The light-hearted fun that dominated Wednesday’s campaign following the “battle of the Thames” between Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof swiftly turned to h(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: has cited security co-operation as one of the most important benefits of Britain’s EU membership. Photograph: AFP/Getty

They had not started counting the bodies after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday when Ukip started making political hay and linking the tragedy to Br(...)

 David Cameron and his chancellor George Osborne were among the plotters who pushed Ian Duncan Smith out of the Conservative leadership in 2003 and his successor Michael Howard rewarded both with senior positions. Photograph: AP Photo

After a weekend of internecine Conservative bloodletting following Iain Duncan Smith’s dramatic resignation on Friday night, David Cameron might have (...)

British prime minister David Cameron after an EU summit on migrants held at the European Union council building in Brussels earlier this month. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

In the three years since British prime minister David Cameron announced his plan to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership in Januar(...)

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP

Nigel Farage could have used many images in last night’s TV election leaders debate to illustrate his argument that too many foreigners are getting in(...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

Alex Salmond (left) and Alistair Darling (right ) with host Bernard Ponsonby as they took part in a live television debate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond faced repeated demands during a key TV independence referendum debate last night to guarantee the currency an (...)

‘The world doesn’t seem to understand that there really are people who are content to live alone.’ Ann Widdecombe in Belfast last week. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At 8am in a Belfast hotel, Ann Widdecombe, who the night before was participating in the Belfast Book Festival, is already looking bright and breez(...)

The newly appointed head of the defence forces Major General Conor O’Boyle

The Government has approved the appointment of the new Chief of Staff of the Defence forces. Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), Major General Conor O’Bo(...)

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