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The British government’s controversial plans to legalise gay marriage cleared the House of Commons tonight despite efforts by Tory backbenchers to derail the legislation.

The British government’s controversial plans to legalise gay marriage cleared the House of Commons tonight despite efforts by Tory backbencher(...)

Google’s European, Middle East and African sales headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The ongoing political controversy over the level of tax being paid by Google in its major European markets could have serious implications for (...)

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint news conference in the White House in Washington, yesterday. During the news conference, Mr Cameron said he would work to renegotiate Britain’s ties with the European Union before putting the question of membership in the EU to the voters. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

David Cameron’s dramatic decision to publish a draft Bill on the EU referendum appeared to have failed to quell backbench rebellion over Europe(...)

The Dáil chamber. “Our parliament could do with an injection of vitality.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is now one of the few parliamentary democracies in which members of parliament are not allowed free votes on issues of conscience. It’s(...)

Deputy House speaker Nigel Evans gives a press statement at his home in Pendleton Lancashire today. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans said today that allegations he raped one man and sexually assaulted another are “completely false”.(...)

A Goldman Sachs trader

The British Inland Revenue unlawfully agreed a deal with Goldman Sachs nearly three years ago which let bankers escape (...)

Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland: “I think there have been huge positive results from what we found and huge benefits for the European consumer. If we hadn’t done it, your citizens would still be eating horsemeat.”

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland was criticised by MPs for the method it used to carry out its sampling for horsemeat during a House of C(...)

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State T(...)

Eric Pickles: since he became secretary of state for communities and local government, his life has been dominated by planning regulations. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/PA

Eric Pickles, an ebullient, often blustering Yorkshireman, was given two pieces of advice by his predecessor, Sir Robert McCrindle, when(...)

George Galloway MP speaks during tonight’s sitting  in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA Wire

Tributes to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher have gone on long enough, Respect MP George Galloway said tonight as he attempted t(...)

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