Ted Heath

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Michael Collins in London during treaty negotiations in  October 1921. Collins, the first and last Irish politician to sign up to a hard border. Photograph: Hulton Archive

I’d heard of Michael Collins before I moved to Ireland through my Irish grandmother who, with a father from Clonakilty, was convinced she was related (...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech during the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jim Callaghan would have had some sympathy for Theresa May as she struggled with her croaky voice and the prankster handing her a mock P45. Back in 19(...)

Martin Bell said the advent of the internet meant foreign news was being downgraded because it was “not a ratings winner”. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

With the world living through the most dangerous time since the Cuban missile crisis, now is “no time for soft news, the fluff and forth of journalism(...)

Rock-hard Brexit: Theresa May’s legacy will be the lessons learned when you adopt the ideology of Nigel Farage. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

It is tempting but wrong to describe the political chaos in the UK as unprecedented. In 1974, for example, Prime Minister Ted Heath called a general e(...)

Undated picture of Ian Paisley.

For more than three decades, the Democratic Unionist Party, now poised to be Theresa May’s “little helper” in government was a party of protest for ma(...)

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s  campaign has successfully engaged the very essence of anti-establishment: youth.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

We are constantly told that the successes of Brexit and Donald Trump were the result of an “anti-establishment” attack. This is problematic in that Tr(...)

Huddersfield Town players react to the winning penalty at Wembley. Photograph: Reuters

Huddersfield 0 Reading 0 (Huddersfield win 4-3 on penalties) Huddersfield Town are back in England’s top-flight after a 45 year absence and a suspens(...)

File photograph of Sir Geoffrey Howe speaking at the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA

British prime minister David Cameron has led tributes to former chancellor Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88. The Tory grandee was Margaret Thatcher(...)

Former British prime minister Edward Heath pictured in 2002. Photograph: Reuters.

At least four police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations linked to late former British prime minister Sir Edward Heath, it has been reveale(...)

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