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Former secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire, who resigned last summer because of his illness. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Political leaders across Britain and Ireland have paid tribute to former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, who has died aged 53. Mr Brok(...)

‘Boris Johnson seems determined to weaponise unionist disquiet to put pressure on the EU, a dangerous game to play under the heat of the July sun.’ File photograph: Getty

The most dire warnings about Brexit are coming to pass. There’s a shortage of Marks & Spencer Best Ever prawn sandwiches in Ireland. Under EU cus(...)

Arlene Foster is due to leave local politics completely and said she wants to use her experience to tackle online abuse. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s former first minister has talked about her determination to tackle social media trolls, revealing some had issued deaths threats to(...)

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and Kim Leadbeater celebrate with supporters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

An opposition party holding a seat in a byelection would not usually be seen as a triumph, but Labour’s victory in Batley and Spen was such an upset t(...)

John Bercow: ‘I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism.’  File photograph:  House of Commons/PA Wire

John Bercow, the former Conservative MP and speaker of the House of Commons, says he has switched allegiances to join the Labour Party. Mr Bercow sai(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson.  Tabloid  and Tory MP  jingoism over deployment of warships in the English Channel reminds me of the headlines during the Falklands war.  Photograph: Getty Images

The UK stock market is emblematic of the country’s decline. The FTSE 100 finished last week lower than at the end of the last century. Value investors(...)

Susie Dent: ‘There has never been a golden age of English. Even in the era of Keats and Shakespeare, people complained about the abuse of language.’ Photograph: Stewart Williams

The Countdown lexicographer on a life-long love of languages, accidental fame and why ‘gobsHIte’ isn’t as Irish as we think In the dumbed-down w(...)

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(...)

‘Where’s the nearest buffet?’ Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in Strike: Lethal White

As regular readers of this column will know, there’s nothing I like better than a television protagonist with a random noun or verb as a surname that (...)

The statue of Edward Colston being retrieved from the harbour in Bristol. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was pulled down during an anti-racism demonstration has been lifted out of Bristol Harbour. Bristol Ci(...)

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