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Sajid Javid outside the Home Office in Westminster, London, after he was appointed as the new Home Secretary. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Britain’s new home secretary has promised to do “whatever it takes” to put right the Windrush scandal, which saw immigrants threatened with deportatio(...)

Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers, dubbed the “Crystal Methodist” because of his predilection for illegal drugs. Flowers presided over the near-collapse of the ethical bank, once one of Britain’s most respected institutions. Photograph: PA

Remember Paul Flowers, the former Methodist minister who was once chairman of the Co-operative Bank? Dubbed the “Crystal Methodist” because of his pr(...)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, gives a speech on Brexit at the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University on Monday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn has called for Britain to join a permanent customs union with the European Union after Brexit, urging Conservative MPs to vote with Lab(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, February 23rd. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The keenest students of successful politicians are often the successors of their defeated opponents. Tony Blair served his political apprenticeship w(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond. Photograph; Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via Reuters

Tax experts have urged UK chancellor Philip Hammond to “rethink” plans to cut corporation tax to 17 per cent by the end of the decade in order to free(...)

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson at the launch of Boston College’s Ireland Business Council. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

One advantage of being a nation of emigrants is that Ireland has a ready-made, extensive business diaspora, a network in every developed nation on Ea(...)

Delegates carrying pro-Brexit bags at the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Productivity growth is the only thing that matters for the economy. All of the current sound and fury in the stock market, arguments over the size and(...)

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(...)

 Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: is the party starting a move on coalition? Photograph: Eric Luke

There are two big facts about the disposition of political forces in the post-austerity era: the enduring strength of the two big parties, and the fra(...)

British prime minister Theresa May campaigning in Eshott airfield, Northumberland, in May. She has repeatedly rejected the idea of excluding students from the Conservatives’ target of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May’s determination to continue counting foreign students in the British government’s immigration target left her increasingly isolated on Thu(...)

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