Former Labour minister was one of ‘gang of four’ who split from party to form Social Democratic party in 1981 Appreciation: a politician with a golden voice and deep sincerity Obituary: Lady Williams of Crosby Shirley Williams, one of the original “gang of four” Labour politicians who split to form […]

Boris Johnson orders independent investigation into former prime minister’s lobbying on behalf of collapsed finance firm David Cameron is at the centre of an unprecedented formal inquiry after Boris Johnson ordered a probe into lobbying by the former prime minister on behalf of the collapsed company Greensill Capital. The independent […]

110,000 people have complained, mostly about excess but also about Andrew, attire – and ease of complaining The BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death has become the most complained-about moment in British television history, as viewers expressed their annoyance that shows such as EastEnders and MasterChef were replaced with […]

Environmental groups condemn plan to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed nuclear station in two years’ time Japan is to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, the government has said, a decision that […]

Boris Johnson says easing of restrictions will be welcome relief for businesses that have been closed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to […]

Ex-PM says he acted within rules but admits there are ‘important lessons’ to be learned Timeline: David Cameron and Greensill Capital David Cameron has broken his 30-day silence over lobbying ministers on behalf of the scandal-hit company Greensill Capital, accepting he should have acted differently and used only “the most […]

Scottish first minister tells Guardian fresh poll impossible to resist should her party land majority next month Nicola Sturgeon: No 10 cannot stand in the way of independence Boris Johnson will not oppose a second independence referendum if the Scottish National party wins a majority in the election next month, […]