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  • 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 »

  • Little China rising in the east: London's new docklands business district …
    Little China rising in the east: London's new docklands business district … Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Now a third business district is planned for the UK's capital, this time at the Royal Docks, east London. Chinese company ABP (Asian Business Port) won the contract to redevelop the area in 2013. Work will begin later in 2015, developing the 4.7 million sq ft site over the next decade. The plan is to give Asian companies a foothold in London in order to reach new markets across Europe. We're creating a business district for companies coming from Asia to set up in Europe, or for European companies that want to trade with them. More »

  • Britain on smog alert over toxic cloud
    Britain on smog alert over toxic cloud Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    A toxic air pollution cloud blew over Britain on Thursday causing potential health problems for vulnerable people as the country struggles to meet its clean air targets. More »

  • PM brushes off talk of Ukip deal
    PM brushes off talk of Ukip deal Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    David Cameron has poured cold water on speculation of a post-election deal with Ukip, saying that the prospect of meeting their demand for a referendum this year on Britain's EU membership was "pretty slim". More »

  • Cinnamon Club: Inside the UK's grandest curry house
    Cinnamon Club: Inside the UK's grandest curry house Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    When we think of Indian cuisine in the UK what usually comes to mind is the cheap and cheerful curry houses that line the streets from Brick Lane to Bradford. This is fine dining, Indian style. "We use the western concept of having an entire meal, having a proper meal for one person, rather than everyone sharing everything, which is what you basically do at curry houses," says Rakesh Ravindran Nair, head chef at The Cinnamon Club. Just a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament, The Cinnamon Club has over the years been frequented by politicians such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and current mayor of London Boris Johnson. More »

  • New 20mph zones to be launched
    New 20mph zones to be launched Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    More roads are to have 20mph speed limits with safety cameras being upgraded to help police catch speeding offenders. More »

  • 1,000 days inside the embassy: Assange's London life
    1,000 days inside the embassy: Assange's London life Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Friday agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy for nearly 1,000 days. More »

  • Gallery snaps over selfie sticks
    Gallery snaps over selfie sticks Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Selfie sticks are to be banned from the National Gallery. More »

  • Car Makers Attack 'Anti-Diesel' Campaign
    Car Makers Attack 'Anti-Diesel' Campaign Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A growing campaign to blame the drivers of diesel cars for dangerous air pollution has been attacked by motor manufacturers. Emissions from diesel engines, including particulates and nitrogen oxides, have been linked to heart disease, cancer and asthma, while air pollution is said to kill 29,000 people a year in the UK. After decades of tax incentives in favour of diesel vehicles, some drivers are now facing penalties for choosing diesel cars that cost less to tax but do more damage to air quality. London's Mayor Boris Johnson has proposed adding £10 to the daily congestion charge for diesel cars, while Islington residents will soon have to pay an extra £96 for a diesel parking permit. More »

  • UK charities cease funding Cage, group linked to 'Jihadi John'
    UK charities cease funding Cage, group linked to 'Jihadi John' Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Two high-profile British charities have stopped funding Cage, a Muslim campaign group that has drawn criticism over statements about the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", the regulator of British charities has announced. Cage was in contact several years ago with Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, at a time when he was on the radar of Britain's intelligence services over signs of radicalisation. Since Emwazi was identified on Feb. 26 as the man in a black balaclava who appears in Islamic State beheading videos, Cage members have said he was once a "beautiful young man" and have blamed the intelligence services for radicalising him. "Last week, public statements by Cage officials heightened concerns about the use of charitable funds to support their activities," the Charity Commission said in a statement late on Friday. More »

  • Horse skeleton chases blue cock from Trafalgar Square
    Horse skeleton chases blue cock from Trafalgar Square Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A sculpture of a strutting horse skeleton was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday -- wearing a London Stock Exchange prices ticker in an allusion to the city's financial power. More »

  • Cameron veto throws UK election debate plans into chaos
    Cameron veto throws UK election debate plans into chaos Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Plans for televised debates between Britain's main party leaders Wednesday collapsed into chaos after Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed the broadcasters' plans, barely two months before the general election More »

  • London Bridge train delays: Unions and politicians demand action over 'life-threatening' …
    London Bridge train delays: Unions and politicians demand action over 'life-threatening' … Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Police were called to the overcrowded mainline station in South London last night after yet another rush hour night of chaotic delays and cancellations More »

  • If I Ruled the World...Christopher Biggins (Cameron, Miliband and Farage out, …
    If I Ruled the World...Christopher Biggins (Cameron, Miliband and Farage out, … Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    I'd put Boris Johnson in charge instead – at least we'd have a laugh. His convivial personality helped him romp home to win with ease I'm A Celebrity... a few years ago. More »

  • Emwazi Recording: I'm Not An Extremist
    Emwazi Recording: I'm Not An Extremist Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A recording has emerged of Mohammed Emwazi denying plans to become an extremist in 2009, and condemning the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks. In the clip, released by the CAGE advocacy group, the 26-year-old describes being interviewed by British security officials - and complains about being threatened by MI5. According to Emwazi, he was asked for his views on the terrorist attacks in London and New York, to which he replied: "Innocent people are getting killed. The Londoner told CAGE that despite his condemnation of al Qaeda, his interrogators were still convinced that he was planning to train as a terrorist in Somalia - and had vowed to "keep a close eye" on him. More »

  • Jihadi John: I'm not an extremist
    Jihadi John: I'm not an extremist Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    An audio recording has been released by prisoners' rights group CAGE, of the Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', in which he described the 7/7 and 9/11 terror attacks as "extremism and "wrong" and said British security services were "threatening" him. The recording was made in 2009 by Asim Qureshi, research director of Cage a group that campaigns for those detained on terrorism charges. Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British computer programming graduate has fronted Islamic State videos from Syria that showed either the killing or bodies of victims including British, U.S. and Japanese citizens and Syrian soldiers. US security sources last week identified the man, who appeared clad in black and brandishing a knife, as Mohammed Emwazi. More »

  • 'Jihadi John' condemned 9/11, London attacks: recording
    'Jihadi John' condemned 9/11, London attacks: recording Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday. More »

  • Tapes surface of 'Jihadi John' talking about UK scrutiny
    Tapes surface of 'Jihadi John' talking about UK scrutiny Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Audio tapes in which the man identified as "Jihadi John" complains about scrutiny from British intelligence services have been broadcast in Britain. More »

  • Johnson Attacks CAGE Over 'Jihadi John' Claims
    Johnson Attacks CAGE Over 'Jihadi John' Claims Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Boris Johnson has launched an attack on the human rights campaigner who claimed that Mohammed Emwazi was an "extremely kind and gentle" man. The Mayor of London was called by Asim Qureshi, a research director for CAGE, during an LBC Radio phone-in - and said he had been "moved to anger" by the group's claims that MI5 could be responsible for the radicalisation of "Jihadi John". Confronting Mr Qureshi over his news conference last week , Mr Johnson said: "I watched you explain how he had been seeking 'a career overseas' and had been impeded by the security services in finding his vocation. Mr Johnson then urged the advocacy group to differentiate between people like Emwazi and ordinary Muslims, instead of "instantly decrying Islamophobia when people criticise, attack and denounce people who engage in such atrocities". More »

  • Rattle to become LSO music director
    Rattle to become LSO music director Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    World-renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle is joining the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as music director. More »