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Record Immigration As PM Announces Clampdown

Record Immigration As PM Announces Clampdown

David Cameron has said he will not abandon his pledge to reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands" despite figures show…

  • Ivan Massow launches campaign to become 'gay, ex-alcoholic, dyslexic' …
    Ivan Massow launches campaign to become 'gay, ex-alcoholic, dyslexic' … Mon, May 18, 2015

    British businessman Ivan Massow has launched his campaign to become Mayor of London in a candid cartoon video in which he admits he is gay, an ex-alcoholic, and dyslexic. In the 70-second video posted on Massow's YouTube channel, the 47-year-old says he is "not your typical politician" and is "someone who hates politics as normal". In the cartoon Massow says, "I'm gay, I'm an ex-alocoholic, I'm dyslexic, I'm adopted, I'm a businessman, I'm a disruptor, I'm a doer, I'm not your typical politician." The video clip ends with Massow asking the audience to tell him "What you want from your London Mayor". Massow hopes to become the Conservative candidate for the next London mayoral election in 2016, where Boris Johnson will step down after eight years in the role. More »

  • British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory
    British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory Mon, May 18, 2015

    British lawmakers appointed a speaker on Monday as they convened in the House of Commons for the first time since a general election that handed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives a surprise majority. More »

  • 'Gay ex-alcoholic' begins mayor bid
    'Gay ex-alcoholic' begins mayor bid Mon, May 18, 2015

    A contender to be Conservative candidate for London mayor has launched his campaign with a YouTube cartoon in which he introduces himself as "gay, ex-alcoholic and dyslexic". More »

  • Britain's parliament more gay and diverse after election
    Britain's parliament more gay and diverse after election Sun, May 17, 2015

    With more female, gay and ethnic minority background lawmakers than ever before, the new House of Commons following May 7's general election has never looked more diverse. More »

  • Crosby urges election polls ban
    Crosby urges election polls ban Sat, May 16, 2015

    The mastermind behind the Tory election victory has delivered a stinging rebuke to commentators who failed to see the result coming - and urged a ban on polls in the final stages of campaigns. More »

  • Bosses call for action on airport
    Bosses call for action on airport Fri, May 15, 2015

    The new Government must act quickly on airport expansion or risk Britain's global competitiveness and future growth, business leaders have said. More »

  • Osborne offers cities new powers in English 'revolution'
    Osborne offers cities new powers in English 'revolution' Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British Chancellor George Osborne offered on Thursday to hand over new powers to cities in what he called a "revolution" in how England is governed that would help them revitalise their economies. Fresh from a surprise Conservative victory in last week's election, Osborne urged England's cities, which have little institutional identity, to adopt elected mayors and take control of their own affairs. Last year, Osborne signed a deal with the leaders of Greater Manchester, who are almost all from the opposition Labour Party, under which the city will have an elected mayor from 2017 with new powers over transport, planning, housing and policing. With Scotland set to get new powers under promises made by London to persuade Scots to reject independence in a referendum last year, calls for devolution within England have grown louder. More »

  • Political Times: Tories bask in election victory, Sadiq Khan announces London …
    Political Times: Tories bask in election victory, Sadiq Khan announces London … Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Tories have been given a double whammy. George Osborne's smile probably widen on the news. Meanwhile, Sadiq Kahn has announced his bid to become the next Mayor of London. Khan, 44, also attacked Boris Johnson when he launched his campaign. More »

  • PM Tells Cabinet: Give Working People A Chance
    PM Tells Cabinet: Give Working People A Chance Tue, May 12, 2015

    David Cameron has met his new Cabinet for the first time as his Government starts putting together legislation which will be a test of his authority. It followed the completion of his Cabinet , with many of those who had previously been Secretaries of State in the last government staying in place. Top of Mr Cameron's agenda is the referendum on Britain's EU membership, which he has promised by the end of 2017, and negotiating a better to deal for Britain. He has put Chancellor George Osborne in charge of negotiations. More »

  • Heathrow expansion 'not likely'
    Heathrow expansion 'not likely' Tue, May 12, 2015

    Boris Johnson said he believed the chances of the new Conservative government backing the expansion of Heathrow was "virtually nil" as he vowed to continue his fight against a new runway in Parliament. More »

  • Boris In Cameron Cabinet As PM Finalises Team
    Boris In Cameron Cabinet As PM Finalises Team Mon, May 11, 2015

    Boris Johnson has been included in David Cameron's Cabinet, while a number of women MPs have been given top roles in the final line-up. Mr Cameron announced Mr Johnson, who was elected MP for Uxbridge last week, would be attending Cabinet - but he does not have a ministerial role so he can devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London. Former banker and previous Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has been given the role of Business Secretary, a role vacated by Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, who held the post for five years and has lost his Twickenham seat. Mr Javid is replaced as Culture Secretary by John Whittingdale, who will deal with the renewal of the BBC charter, which covers how the organisation is funded. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • Osborne tightens grip on cabinet after Cameron reshuffle
    Osborne tightens grip on cabinet after Cameron reshuffle Mon, May 11, 2015

    By William Schomberg and Maytaal Angel LONDON (Reuters) - British Chancellor George Osborne has emerged as a winner in a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron after last week's election, with several close allies moving into top jobs in the new government on Monday. Osborne, who has been mentioned by Cameron as a potential successor as leader of the Conservative Party, saw four of his former aides brought into the cabinet or promoted, including new business secretary Sajid Javid and energy secretary Amber Rudd. Another -- Priti Patel, now a minister for work and pensions -- was a junior minister at the Treasury under him. More »

  • Cameron unveils new cabinet after election victory
    Cameron unveils new cabinet after election victory Mon, May 11, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled his new cabinet on Monday after an unexpected election victory that gave his Conservative party an outright majority in parliament for the first time in nearly 20 years. More »

  • Political cabinet role for Boris
    Political cabinet role for Boris Mon, May 11, 2015

    Boris Johnson has been handed a role in David Cameron's political cabinet but will not have a ministerial job while he remains mayor of London. More »

  • Election 2015: Meet David Cameron's first all-Tory cabinet
    Election 2015: Meet David Cameron's first all-Tory cabinet Mon, May 11, 2015

    After the Conservative's surprise majority win in the 2015 general election, Prime Minister David Cameron has been busy assembling his first ever all-Tory cabinet. But who has been promoted, who is keeping their place and who will replace ousted Lib Dem ministers such as Vince Cable, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander? More »

  • Cameron gives London Mayor Boris Johnson a political role
    Cameron gives London Mayor Boris Johnson a political role Mon, May 11, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron gave London Mayor Boris Johnson, a popular figure widely seen as his possible successor, a political role in government on Monday but stopped short of giving him a ministerial portfolio. "Boris Johnson will be attending my Political Cabinet. As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London," Cameron said on Twitter. In last Thursday's general election, Johnson was elected as a Conservative member of parliament for a London constituency but his mayoral term runs until May 2016. More »

  • Mayor Boris Johnson denied seat in UK's new cabinet
    Mayor Boris Johnson denied seat in UK's new cabinet Mon, May 11, 2015

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, newly elected to parliament with ambitions to one day lead Britain, was on Monday appointed to a senior political role but not to a seat in Prime Minister David Cameron's new cabinet. More »

  • Despite majority, UK's Cameron faces Conservative rebellion
    Despite majority, UK's Cameron faces Conservative rebellion Mon, May 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives may have won the British election and ushered their coalition partner out the door, but that doesn't mean it's all smooth sailing for his government for the next five years. More »

  • A British way for countries in divorce Sun, May 10, 2015

    The world should thus be grateful that the British election last week has helped ensure a peaceful approach to the secessionist cause in Scotland. The big news in the UK election was a victory for the Conservatives and its leader, Prime Minister David Cameron. The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Parliament from Scotland. Yet its victory in the UK election came just eight months after it lost a referendum on the question of independence from the UK. More »

  • Nine Things To Expect In The Next Five Years
    Nine Things To Expect In The Next Five Years Sun, May 10, 2015

    We've had an election, the Conservatives have won, the SNP did well - and everyone else lost. But what does it all mean and what can we expect now, other than for the Conservatives to enact their manifesto in full? David Cameron has promised a referendum by the end of 2017. Last month HSBC, Britain's biggest firm, warned of the "economic uncertainty" surrounding "continuing UK membership of the EU" and threatened to relocate headquarters. More »

  • Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory
    Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory Sat, May 9, 2015

    Britain was adjusting to a new political landscape on Saturday after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland. More »

  • Mystery of missing UK election pledge 'tombstone'
    Mystery of missing UK election pledge 'tombstone' Sat, May 9, 2015

    The hunt was on across Britain on Saturday to find the defeated Labour Party's much-derided giant monolith bearing their election pledges carved in stone. More »

  • UK election leaves Cameron at helm of a disunited kingdom
    UK election leaves Cameron at helm of a disunited kingdom Sat, May 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Standing outside 10 Downing Street the day after his unexpected election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to govern for "one nation, one United Kingdom." That will be easier said than done, as competing brands of nationalism threaten to pull the country apart. More »

  • Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special'
    Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special' Sat, May 9, 2015

    David Cameron has told voters the UK is on the "brink of something special" as he promised to deliver on all election pledges, including an EU referendum and powers for Scotland. In an extraordinary General Election, which claimed the scalps of three party leaders within 52 minutes, the Conservatives confounded expectations to win outright, returning Mr Cameron to Number 10. Speaking on the steps of Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Cameron vowed to be the party of the "working people". He later revealed who would take the senior roles of Chancellor, Home Secretary, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary in his Cabinet. More »

  • Votes for dead, penis vote: UK election's odd facts
    Votes for dead, penis vote: UK election's odd facts Fri, May 8, 2015

    Votes for the dead and voting with a penis drawing -- here are some quirky facts from the 2015 British general election: More »

  • The Latest: Obama congratulates Cameron
    The Latest: Obama congratulates Cameron Fri, May 8, 2015

    10:17 p.m. (2107 GMT; 5:07 EDT) U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on his victory in the general elections. A statement issued by the White House on Friday, ... More »

  • Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day
    Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Queen has lit the first of hundreds of beacons on display around Britain to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. More »

  • The Latest: Kerry congratulates Cameron
    The Latest: Kerry congratulates Cameron Fri, May 8, 2015

    9:10 p.m. (2010 GMT; 4:20 p.m. EDT) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has congratulated U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his party for defying the polls and winning an outright majority in the elections. ... More »

  • The Latest: David Miliband expresses sympathy for Labour
    The Latest: David Miliband expresses sympathy for Labour Fri, May 8, 2015

    6:20 p.m. (1720 GMT; 1:20 p.m. EDT) David Miliband, Britain's former foreign secretary and brother of defeated Labour leader Ed, has expressed sympathy for his Labour colleagues in Britain's election. ... More »

  • Pollsters another casualty of stunning UK election
    Pollsters another casualty of stunning UK election Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Conservative party's unexpected triumph in Britain's general election delivers a hefty blow not only to the routed Labour party, but also to the pollsters whose predictions of a dead heat proved so wide of the mark. More »

  • The Latest: Cameron reappoints key figures to Cabinet
    The Latest: Cameron reappoints key figures to Cabinet Fri, May 8, 2015

    5:55 p.m. (1655 GMT; 12:55 p.m. EDT) Prime Minister David Cameron has reappointed senior members of his Cabinet after winning a surprise victory in Britain's election. Philip Hammond remains as foreign ... More »

  • The Latest: Osborne, May retain their roles in Cabinet
    The Latest: Osborne, May retain their roles in Cabinet Fri, May 8, 2015

    5:05 p.m. (1605 GMT; 12:05 p.m. EDT) George Osborne, Britain's Treasury chief, has been re-appointed to the role after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives secured a majority in the election. Osborne ... More »

  • The Latest: Bet on Conservative win comes good for pensioner
    The Latest: Bet on Conservative win comes good for pensioner Fri, May 8, 2015

    4:10 p.m. (1510 GMT; 11:10 a.m. EDT) A bookmaker says a retired man who placed a huge bet on Britain's Conservatives winning a majority government has bagged 240,000 pounds ($370,000). Ladbrokes says the ... More »

  • The Latest: Election play gets a rewrite after Tory victory
    The Latest: Election play gets a rewrite after Tory victory Fri, May 8, 2015

    4 p.m. (1500 GMT; 11 a.m. EDT) American strategist David Axelrod, hired by the Labour Party to boost its election campaign, says he is disappointed by the result. Labour lost to the ruling Conservatives, ... More »