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File photos of (left to right, top row) Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid, (bottom row) Esther McVey, Matt Hancock, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Mark Harper. (indicated with crosses on face) Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have failed to make it through to the second ballot . Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has topped the ballot in the first round of voting in the Tory leadership race, with Mark Harper, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom elimin(...)

A combination of file pictures  shows the 10 declared contenders in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Top row:  Boris Johson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid. Bottom row:  Matt Hancock, Mark Harper, Esther McVey, Rory Stewart,  Andrea Leadsom.  Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty Images

Next door in Britain there’s a fevered contest under way for leadership of the Tory Party and thus Britain. The right-wing Tory Party once presented i(...)

Boris Johnson, the bookies’ favourite to become UK prime minister, leaves his home in London on Tuesday. The great achievement of his handlers has been to get him a haircut and keep him hidden for weeks. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

The bar is not just low, it is buried. In London, the great achievement of Boris Johnson’s handlers has been to get him a haircut and keep him hidden (...)

Andrea Leadsom launching her campaign in London to become Conservative party leader  and prime minister. Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour has tabled a cross-party motion to prevent a new Conservative prime minister from leaving the EU without a deal against the will of parliament.(...)

Michael Gove, British environment secretary, delivers a speech at the launch of his Tory leadership campaign  in London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Launching his leadership campaign in a lounge near the top of Millbank Tower on Monday, Michael Gove demonstrated his strengths as a Conservative lead(...)

Amber Rudd, British work and pensions secretary, attends the Conservative party leadership campaign launch for Jeremy Hunt, in London, Britain. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that European Union leaders now accept that the current Northern Ireland backstop cannot get throu(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has previously made commitments that the tax surge will not feed into day to day spending

The government will this week be told by the state’s fiscal watchdog that it should direct billions of euros in corporate tax revenues into a “prudenc(...)

Boris Johnson: promises to shed the ‘intellectual prison’ of the backstop. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

Boris Johnson’s promise to withhold part of Britain’s £39 billion EU divorce bill and to defer the issue of the Border was enough to persuade hardline(...)

Trump, for all his flaws and contradictions has a peculiar kind of authenticity That’s a key difference between Trump and most of the candidates for job of leader of the UK - and also the current incumbent Theresa May.

Politically, if not constitutionally, Britain is unravelling. We don’t yet have an economic crisis but according to the latest data, the economy has s(...)

John Bercow: ‘Parliament will not be evacuated from the centre stage of the decision-making process.’ Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has warned Conservative leadership candidates they will not be able to suspend parliament to stop MPs from blocki(...)

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