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  • Boris Wants To Be In Running For Tory Leader
    Boris Wants To Be In Running For Tory Leader Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Boris Johnson has admitted on Sky News he would like to be considered to lead the Conservative party after David Cameron. Mr Johnson, who is running to become MP in Uxbridge, has long been tipped as a future leader of the party - including more recently by David Cameron. Mr Cameron effectively sparked a leadership race last month when he said he would only serve two terms as prime minister naming Mr Johnson, Theresa May and George Osborne as possible successors. More »

  • Salmond Says PM Has Humour Failure Over Video
    Salmond Says PM Has Humour Failure Over Video Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Alex Salmond has accused David Cameron of suffering a "sense of humour bypass" after the Prime Minister tweeted his "shock" over a video featuring the Scottish politician. Mr Cameron posted a clip of the former SNP leader, who is running to become a Westminster MP, joking in front of activists that it would not be Labour's leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy, writing the party's first budget but him. The Conservative leader and PM wrote: "This footage will shock you: Alex Salmond laughs & boasts he'll write Labour's budget. More »

  • London Mayor Boris Johnson hits the UK campaign trail
    London Mayor Boris Johnson hits the UK campaign trail Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    With the polls deadlocked ahead of an election, Prime Minister David Cameron campaigned Wednesday with Boris Johnson, one of the Conservative party's most popular politicians who also has his eye on the top job. More »

  • Boris Slams 'Namby Pamby' Campaign Complaints
    Boris Slams 'Namby Pamby' Campaign Complaints Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Boris Johnson has refused to apologise about negative campaigning by the Conservative party, saying that people should stop being so "namby pamby" about political attacks. On a day that the Mayor of London was unleashed to try to woo back UKIP voters, he told Sky News that he could not understand when Britain had become so unable to cope with the ferocity of the campaign trail. "I had someone saying to me that Nicola Sturgeon was deeply offended because I said putting the SNP in charge of running England is like putting Herod in charge of a baby farm. As well as walkabouts in London, the Mayor travelled to Ramsgate, in Kent, to try to win over voters who may be considering backing the UKIP leader Nigel Farage. More »

  • Insight - New risks as young Londoners priced out of housing market
    Insight - New risks as young Londoners priced out of housing market Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Andy Bruce and Sara Ledwith LONDON (Reuters) - Last weekend, London couple Vicki Clayton and James Renhard left behind cramped bedrooms that smelt of smoke, housemates who stole their food and a landlord who kept his deposit, and moved into a rented flat of their own. "Aside from a mystery benefactor or a lottery win." The couple is a relatively wealthy example of London's Generation Rent: people shut out of the city's housing market by high prices. To buy an average house in London today, you need to earn over 100,000 pounds a year, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF), a trade body for affordable housing providers. High prices are reshaping the housing market. More »

  • Tories Pledge Thatcher-Style Lloyds Sell-Off
    Tories Pledge Thatcher-Style Lloyds Sell-Off Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    David Cameron is pledging an '80s-style privatisation if the Tories win the election, selling off the Government's stake in Lloyds Bank. Only days after reviving Margaret Thatcher's right to buy policy in the Tory manifesto, he is now planning to win votes with a promise of cheap shares in a £10bn sell-off within a year of the General Election. Senior Tories are already comparing the Lloyds sale of 2015 to the high-profile and popular "Tell Sid" advertising campaign to sell British Gas shares in the 1980s. Announcing the move, Mr Cameron said: "The £20bn bail-out of Lloyds bank by the last Labour government became a symbol of the crisis that engulfed the British economy under Labour. More »

  • Bloodbath of the leaders at general election?
    Bloodbath of the leaders at general election? Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The knives are already being sharpened for the leaders of political parties, several of whom could see their careers brought to a brutal end if they fail to deliver at the May 7 election. More »

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  • Power to the North pledge dangled ahead of UK vote
    Power to the North pledge dangled ahead of UK vote Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The cranes on the skyline of Manchester reflect a boom under way in this former industrial hub in northern England that is leading the charge to wrest greater local powers from London. More »

  • Commuters experience 'Nightmare Monday' while train staff are rewarded
    Commuters experience 'Nightmare Monday' while train staff are rewarded Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Staff at delay-plagued London Bridge received vouchers for a 'job well done', Southeastern reveals. More »

  • PM vows real-term rail fare freeze
    PM vows real-term rail fare freeze Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    A Tory government would freeze rail fares in real terms until 2020, David Cameron has pledged. More »

  • Save Soho: Fascinating old photos of the vibrant heart of London's West …
    Save Soho: Fascinating old photos of the vibrant heart of London's West … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Campaigners are battling to save Soho, the vibrant heart of London's West End, from the worst ravages of gentrification. The area is a jumble of sex shops, textile wholesalers and bespoke tailors, independent record stores and shops catering to the counter-culture, world famous live music venues, gay bars, plus one of the oldest street markets in London. In December 2014, singer and songwriter Tim Arnold created the campaign group Save Soho after the closure and repossession of Madame Jojo's. Backed by celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Marc Almond, the group's aim is to protect the area's music and performing arts venues. Soho is in Arnold's genes – both his mother and his grandparents were cabaret performers in Soho nightclubs. More »

  • Would you vote for this man?
    Would you vote for this man? Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Here are some of the more ‘interesting’ characters that will be appearing in the UK election next month. More »

  • Make your mark - poop a politician
    Make your mark - poop a politician Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Gamers have been given a chance to have their say on some of the country's best-known politicians - by using a pigeon to poop on them. More »

  • Soap goes pop: Sarah Harding heads to Corrie and other soap cameos
    Soap goes pop: Sarah Harding heads to Corrie and other soap cameos Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Following news of Sarah Harding’s Coronation Street cameo, we look at other famous faces who’ve been in soaps over the years. More »

  • Miliband: Epidemic Of Zero-Hours Contracts
    Miliband: Epidemic Of Zero-Hours Contracts Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Workers on zero-hours contracts will be able to demand a regular contract after 12 weeks under proposals set to be announced by Ed Miliband. The Labour leader will promise to outlaw "exploitative" zero-hours contracts in a commitment to be included in Labour's election manifesto. The proposal strengthens Labour's previous policy on the contracts, which sought to give workers the right to a regular contract after 12 months. Mr Miliband first set out the 12-week proposal in 2013 at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference, but later backtracked. More »

  • Analysis - Even before any "Brexit" vote, UK losing sway in Europ …
    Analysis - Even before any "Brexit" vote, UK losing sway in Europ … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After decades of punching above its weight in Europe, Britain's influence in the European Union is waning, even before we know whether a promised referendum on "Brexit" will go ahead. London's partners are keen to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc, but not at any price. More »

  • Tory Grandee 'Puzzled' By Cameron's Two-Term Vow
    Tory Grandee 'Puzzled' By Cameron's Two-Term Vow Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Tory grandee Malcolm Rifkind says he is "puzzled" by David Cameron's declaration that he will only serve two terms as Prime Minister. Mr Cameron last week said he was standing for election to serve for a full second term, but ruled out staying on for a third term . "Terms are like Shredded Wheat: two are wonderful but three might just be too many," Mr Cameron told BBC News. Speaking to Sky News' Murnaghan on his last day as a Member of Parliament, Sir Malcolm said he was "surprised" the timing of Mr Cameron's announcement. More »

  • Cameron 'will give successor time'
    Cameron 'will give successor time' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    David Cameron will stand down as Conservative leader in time for a successor to be chosen ahead of the general election expected in 2020, Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has said. More »

  • London Taxi Manufacturer To Create 1,000 Jobs
    London Taxi Manufacturer To Create 1,000 Jobs Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The manufacturer of the iconic London taxi is to build a new £250m factory in Coventry, creating 1,000 jobs. The news was announced hours after Jaguar Land Rover said it had committed £600m to support its own operations in the West Midlands. The investment in the London Taxi Company, by its Chinese owner Geely, is being supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund. Geely said the new state-of the-art research, development and assembly facility would prepare the ground for the introduction of the next generation electric and ultra-low emission London Black Cab. More »

  • Who will take the wheel on Top Gear instead of Clarkson?
    Who will take the wheel on Top Gear instead of Clarkson? Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Bookies have Chris Evans favourite to take over the driving seat on the hugely popular show – despite Evans having repeatedly ruled himself out. More »

  • 12 people who will be sad to see Clarkson leave the Beeb
    12 people who will be sad to see Clarkson leave the Beeb Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    And it’s not just his co-stars who will be sad to see him go. More »

  • Names in the frame for Clarkson's job
    Names in the frame for Clarkson's job Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Who could replace Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear host if he is fired by the BBC? More »

  • Jeremy Clarkson In Limbo Amid Sacking Report
    Jeremy Clarkson In Limbo Amid Sacking Report Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Jeremy Clarkson is still awaiting the outcome of an inquiry into his conduct, as one newspaper claimed the BBC could be on the verge of sacking him. The Top Gear host's future has been unclear for two weeks since he was suspended over his infamous "fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon. Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans has ruled himself out of the running for the Top Gear job, saying reports that he is set to take over from the suspended Jeremy Clarkson are "nonsense". The presenter, alongside co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, was scheduled to take part in four live Top Gear shows in Norway this week, but it was announced on Sunday they had been postponed. More »

  • Honest, arrogant or foolhardy? Cameron rules out third term
    Honest, arrogant or foolhardy? Cameron rules out third term Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday defended his surprise decision to rule out a third term, insisting it was a "reasonable" move despite warnings that it undermined his authority just weeks before an election. More »

  • Succession talk risks backfiring on Cameron in tight UK election
    Succession talk risks backfiring on Cameron in tight UK election Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - A surprise disclosure by British Prime Minister David Cameron that he won't seek a third term if voters give him a second mandate on May 7 has backfired, sparking a media frenzy about his successor and talk of him becoming a lame duck leader. Cameron's comments, in a BBC interview conducted in the kitchen of his country home on Monday, took his own aides and lawmakers by surprise and threatened to overshadow his Conservative Party's central campaign message about the economy. In breaks between chopping vegetables, Cameron told his interviewer that whilst he was obviously keen to be re-elected and to govern the world's sixth biggest economy till 2020, he wouldn't be seeking another five years after that and would let someone else have a go instead. "There definitely comes a time where a fresh pair of eyes and fresh leadership would be good, and the Conservative Party has got some great people coming up," he said. More »

  • Jeremy Clarkson verdict expected soon
    Jeremy Clarkson verdict expected soon Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The allegations against the Top Gear host are being “dealt with in a very serious way”, according to Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper. More »

  • Cameron says he won't seek third term in office
    Cameron says he won't seek third term in office Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    David Cameron rules out a third term as prime minister, as he contests a close-fought British general election to try to win a second term. More »

  • Why Cameron's Casual Chit-Chat Is A Gamble
    Why Cameron's Casual Chit-Chat Is A Gamble Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    David Cameron, in the casual blue shirt he usually saves for holiday photo shoots in Cornwall, seemed relaxed and frank as he speculated on his career five years down the line. A slightly premature inquiry some might say - having not won yet a second - but the Prime Minister had a clear answer - he would decline. If it was an off-the-cuff comment Mr Cameron was quick to cook up a Forest Gump-style metaphor to explain his reasoning. "Terms are like Shredded Wheat," he told the BBC's James Landale. More »

  • PM Branded 'Arrogant' As Third Term Ruled Out
    PM Branded 'Arrogant' As Third Term Ruled Out Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    David Cameron has been accused of arrogance and "taking the British public for granted" after ruling out seeking a third term as Prime Minister if he is returned to power in May. He also named three of his senior colleagues - Home Secretary Theresa May, Chancellor George Osborne and London mayor Boris Johnson - as potential successors as Conservative leader when he steps down. Following Mr Cameron's comments, Downing Street moved quickly to insist the PM was focused on the need to win the election on 7 May. More »

  • New code brings harmony to London's buskers
    New code brings harmony to London's buskers Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    It will be music to the ears of many -- buskers who know only three tunes will be politely urged to move on after finishing their repertoire under a new code of conduct published in London on Monday. More »

  • UK Premier David Cameron rules out 3rd term in office
    UK Premier David Cameron rules out 3rd term in office Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will serve a full second term if he's re-elected in May — but he won't seek a third. More »

  • PM rules out serving three terms
    PM rules out serving three terms Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    David Cameron has ruled out a third term as Prime Minister if he remains in 10 Downing Street after the May 7 general election. More »

  • Cameron says won't seek third term in power
    Cameron says won't seek third term in power Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday ruled out seeking a third term in office if he won a second mandate in a tightly fought national election on May 7, saying it would then be time for a new leader of his right-leaning Conservatives. Cameron, whose party is neck-and-neck in opinion polls with the opposition Labour Party, also said he would like to serve a full five-year second term from 2015-2020 if re-elected, scotching persistent speculation that he would stand down after a possible European Union membership referendum in 2017. More »

  • Mobile Phone Theft Cap To Protect Consumers
    Mobile Phone Theft Cap To Protect Consumers Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    A cap on mobile phone bills run up by thieves after handsets are stolen will bring relief to millions of consumers, campaigners say. Five service providers - EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone - say the £100 cap will be activated providing the phone is reported lost or stolen within 24 hours of it going missing. Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: "Victims of phone crime should not be paying excessive bills run up by thieves. "A cap on bills from stolen mobile phones will come as much-needed relief to consumers targeted by phone fraudsters. More »