Ken Clarke

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Margaret Thatcher: Google reveals twice the matches for “a difficult woman” as for “a difficult man” – and most of the references to difficult men don’t count because they continue with “to pin down”. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Last week I had a disagreement on a matter of principle with a man at work. When I got home, I gave my daughter a blow-by-blow account of the bust-up(...)

 David Davis: wants to “preserve the situation” in the North. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

The British government’s legislation to authorise the triggering of article 50 is set to face numerous amendments from MPs and peers after it is intr(...)

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said the referendum had left Britain deeply divided and that both sides in the debate had a responsibility to help build a national consensus around Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May has agreed to allow MPs to debate her government’s plans to leave the European Union but has ruled out a parliamentary vote before the st(...)

British prime minister Theresa May’s announcement of a Brexit date “will keep the crocodiles away for a while”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Courts insist that witnesses tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Partial truths can often conceal a small fib, while whopping b(...)

British home secretary Theresa May approaching No  10 Downing Street days after the Brexit referendum last month. Now she seems most likely to be taking up residence there as Conservative prime minister. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

For a woman who is on the verge of running the country, Theresa May seems almost preternaturally calm. “She’s basically the same as ever; quite relax(...)

British MP and Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

When Andrea Leadsom appeared before supporters and the media at Millbank Tower yesterday morning, it was, all but her most devoted fans agreed, a disa(...)

Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May and Michael Gove, the remaining candidates in contention to replace David Cameron as UK Prime Minister. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The bitter battle to be Britain’s next prime minister will see the final two candidates for Tory leader decided today, as the party was rocked by acc(...)

Former UK chancellor Ken Clarke criticised most of the contenders for the Conservative Party leadership while wearing a live Sky News microphone. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former UK chancellor Ken Clarke has strongly criticised most of the main contenders in the Conservative leadership race. In apparently unguarded rema(...)

Britain’s justice secretary Michael Gove after his speech in which he announced his bid to become Conservative Party leader, in London on Friday morning. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Michael Gove has declared himself “the candidate for change” as he set out his pitch to become Conservative leader and prime minister. In a clear a(...)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and prime minister David Cameron greet crowds at the ‘Remain’ battle bus campaign at Froebel College of the University of Roehampton. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Weeks after he accused London’s mayor Sadiq Khan of being too close to extremists, David Cameron has joined forces with the Labour politician to call (...)

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