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  • Clegg Warns Of Second Election By Christmas
    Clegg Warns Of Second Election By Christmas 43 minutes ago

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. There will be a second election by Christmas if David Cameron or Ed Miliband attempt to go it alone with a "messy and unstable" minority administration, Nick Clegg has warned. The Liberal Democrat leader said a minority government, relying on the support of either UKIP or the SNP, would be chaotic and the two main party leaders should not put their own interests ahead of those of the British people. Mr Clegg, who is travelling the country in a 1,000-mile, 30-hour tour with two days until polls open, said: "The last thing Britain needs is a second election before Christmas. More »

  • Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up
    Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up 48 minutes ago

    We’re in London ahead of the UK general election on Thursday. Here’s what we’ve found out so far. More »

  • Labour 1 point ahead of Conservatives before Thursday election - Survation  …
    Labour 1 point ahead of Conservatives before Thursday election - Survation  … 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party led the ruling Conservatives by 1 percentage point in a Survation opinion poll published on Tuesday, two days before a general election. Survation showed Labour on 34 percent and the Conservatives on 33 percent. Earlier on Tuesday, a Populus opinion poll put the Conservatives and Labour level on 34 percent each, while an Ashcroft poll had the Conservatives on 32 percent and Labour on 30 percent. (Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Andrew Osborn) More »

  • PM warns of Miliband 'con trick'
    PM warns of Miliband 'con trick' 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    Ed Miliband is a "very dangerous person" who is using a "con trick" to get into Downing Street, David Cameron has warned. More »

  • Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election
    Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election 2 hours 9 minutes ago

    Britain's political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of this week's knife-edge general election while preparing for the likelihood of drawn-out negotiations once polls close. More »

  • The ghost of Farage hangs over Thanet
    The ghost of Farage hangs over Thanet 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    In South Thanet, Nigel Farage is everywhere and nowhere. Ukip themselves won’t return my calls and there is no office presence in the seat. The day after I visit Thanet, Farage is on the BBC criticising it for not giving Ukip fair coverage in the election. As he prepared for his tour of London media studios, the rest of Westminster seemed to be heading down to Thanet. More »

  • Britain could face second election before Christmas, warns deputy PM
    Britain could face second election before Christmas, warns deputy PM 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    Britain faces a disruptive second election before Christmas if either of the two main parties try to govern alone as minority governments after Thursday's ballot, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, warned on Tuesday. Two days before the country's closest election since the 1970s, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level in most polls with neither on track to win outright. More »

  • In former PM Brown's home town, Scottish Labour Party fights for its li …
    In former PM Brown's home town, Scottish Labour Party fights for its li … 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    By Angus MacSwan KIRKCALDY, Scotland (Reuters) - - No election battle more starkly demonstrates the sudden collapse of Britain's Labour Party in Scotland than the one unfolding in the home town of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which his party looks set to lose for the first time in 80 years. The fight is not yet over and Labour still hopes to cling to the constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Thursday's election. In one of the biggest British political shakeups in decades, the SNP is predicted to win the vast majority of the 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons, mostly at Labour's expense, to claim the balance of power in a United Kingdom it wants to break up. More »

  • Where They Stand: Mike Huckabee on issues of 2016 campaign 2 hours 46 minutes ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is opening his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A look at where he stands on some issues: More »

  • Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition
    Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" chancellor. More »

  • Just like in 1945, inequality, a craven, irresponsible elite and hope for a …
    Just like in 1945, inequality, a craven, irresponsible elite and hope for a … 3 hours ago

    This thundering statement is an excerpt from the Labour Party manifesto of 1945. It is seven years since bankers, unleashed from the bounds of social responsibility by a market fundamentalist revolution that was launched by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan decades earlier, triggered a global economic meltdown that most of us are still suffering from. Just like in 1945, when public debt stood at 215% of the national income and vastly eclipsed the 90% rate of today, the nation is being urged to “live within its means” by the allies of a craven and irresponsible elite, who do not rely on the schools, hospitals and other public services we do and are determined to hoard wealth and power at whatever the cost and maintain a system that disproportionably benefits them. More »

  • Banks lead FTSE lower, focus on election
    Banks lead FTSE lower, focus on election 3 hours ago

    By Atul Prakash and Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE ended lower on Tuesday tracking sharp losses in the U.S. market, with HSBC leading the banking sector down after saying a bank levy was hampering its ability to pay a higher dividend. A survey showing growth in Britain's construction industry slowed sharply in April and uncertainty about the outcome of Thursday's parliamentary election also dissuaded investors from placing strong trading bets. After trading higher in the first, the blue-chip FTSE 100 index gave up gains and finished 0.8 percent weaker at 6,927.58 points, dragged down by a 2.2 percent fall in the UK banking index . Europe's biggest bank HSBC , down 3.2 percent, was the biggest faller in the banking index - despite a 4 percent rise in first-quarter pretax profit - after warning that Britain's bank tax was preventing it from raising dividend payouts and that was a key concern of investors. More »

  • Election 2015: Hung parliament looms despite parties' final efforts to win …
    Election 2015: Hung parliament looms despite parties' final efforts to win … 3 hours ago

    Britain's political party leaders entered the final stretch of their 2015 general election campaigns on Tuesday (5 May) barely 48 hours away from the closest election in a generation and with polls showing no straight majority for any party. For British Prime Minister David Cameron campaigning began on Tuesday morning in north London with his conservative ally, London mayor Boris Johnson who is also running for parliament. He rolled up his sleeves this time to shore up the liberal vote and hammer home the message that voters, whatever their political preference, should not vote for smaller parties. ''If you vote Liberal Democrat, you don't know what you are going to get. More »

  • War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit
    War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit 3 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that war-torn Somalia was facing a better future, as he made a landmark visit as the most senior US official to visit since Washington's doomed military intervention more than two decades ago. More »

  • Conservatives lead over Labour narrows to two points - Ashcroft poll
    Conservatives lead over Labour narrows to two points - Ashcroft poll 4 hours ago

    Support for Britain's ruling Conservatives fell back by four percentage points ahead of Thursday's national election, giving them a two point lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to the latest survey published by Lord Ashcroft Polls. The poll, conducted over the weekend and published on Tuesday, found support for the Conservatives at 32 percent. The Liberal Democrats, junior coalition partners to the Conservatives, were up two points at 11 percent while anti-European Union party UKIP was up one point at 12 percent. More »

  • Spying row wrecks harmony in Merkel's right-left coalition
    Spying row wrecks harmony in Merkel's right-left coalition 4 hours ago

    By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives warned their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Tuesday not to score points in a row over the activities of the BND intelligence agency after an attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel by the SPD chief threatened unity in the coalition. Sigmar Gabriel pushed Merkel into the spotlight on Monday over allegations that the BND had helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European firms and officials. Merkel's conservatives and the SPD have had a harmonious 18 months of power-sharing, introducing several policies championed by the Social Democrats such as a minimum wage. Top-selling Bild ran the headline "Gabriel rips into Merkel" and a columnist wrote: "From now on, nothing will be as it was." Several senior conservatives attributed the criticism of Merkel to SPD jitters over their low poll ratings. More »

  • Greece casts shadow on European equities
    Greece casts shadow on European equities 4 hours ago

    In midday deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 won 0.45 percent to 7,017.20 points from Friday's close More »

  • Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship'
    Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship' 5 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. More »

  • The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 5 hours ago

    The one who succeeded him as governor of Arkansas: Republican Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is announcing Tuesday that he's a candidate for president with a kickoff in the hometown he shares with Bill Clinton. He's the third Republican candidate to announce this week alone, and the fourth in 10 days. On Monday, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and tech executive Carly Fiorina both announced campaigns, and last week Senator Bernie Sanders announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination. More »

  • UK election hopefuls burn rubber in final campaign push
    UK election hopefuls burn rubber in final campaign push 5 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's political leaders crisscrossed the country Tuesday in a frenetic last dash to convert undecided voters, with less than 48 hours to go until an election likely to produce no outright winner. More »

  • Clegg warns of second election
    Clegg warns of second election 5 hours ago

    Party leaders are criss-crossing the country in a frenetic final round of campaigning ahead of Thursday's election - but Nick Clegg has warned that voters could be forced back to the polls before Christmas. More »

  • British election raises legitimacy question
    British election raises legitimacy question 5 hours ago

    This week's election in Britain has prompted a heated debate about the potential legitimacy of the next government given that the party that wins the most seats may not end up governing. More »

  • British markets bracing for post-election uncertainty
    British markets bracing for post-election uncertainty 6 hours ago

    British financial markets could be headed for choppy waters after Thursday's general election, as investors face the prospect of it taking days — even weeks — to form a new government. In the past five ... More »

  • Leaders Cross The Nation In Campaign Climax
    Leaders Cross The Nation In Campaign Climax 6 hours ago

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband are planning to travel to dozens of marginal constituencies in a last-ditch attempt to break the deadlock in what is proving to be the most unpredictable political race for a generation. He will travel 1,300 miles covering the Midlands, South West, North West, London, Wales and Scotland, with his wife, Samantha, and London Mayor Boris Johnson, joining him along the way. The Conservatives are desperate to win back votes from wavering supporters considering voting for the Lib Dems or flirting with Nigel Farage's party. Iain Duncan Smith, the party's work and pensions secretary, used some forceful language aimed at those considering backing UKIP. More »

  • Clegg warns leaders of second poll
    Clegg warns leaders of second poll 6 hours ago

    A second general election will be inevitable by Christmas unless the Liberal Democrats form part of a stable coalition government, Nick Clegg has claimed. More »

  • European equities advance; London plays catch-up
    European equities advance; London plays catch-up 7 hours ago

    In midday deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 won 0.45 percent to 7,017.20 points from Friday's close More »

  • Key dates in Britain's coalition government
    Key dates in Britain's coalition government 7 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government came to power in 2010 but could be broken up after Thursday's tightly-fought general election. More »

  • 'UK lags' in health staff numbers
    'UK lags' in health staff numbers 7 hours ago

    The UK has fewer doctors, nurses, hospital beds and crucial medical equipment than most other wealthy nations, a report has found. More »

  • Child sex images teacher faces jail
    Child sex images teacher faces jail 7 hours ago

    A former teacher at an elite boys' school is facing jail after pleading guilty to possessing and making thousands of indecent images of children. More »

  • HSBC warns bank levy puts the brakes on dividend
    HSBC warns bank levy puts the brakes on dividend 7 hours ago

    By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC warned on Tuesday that Britain's bank tax was preventing it from raising dividend payouts and that was a key concern of investors as the bank assesses whether to move back to Hong Kong from London. Europe's largest bank has ordered a review of whether it should shift its headquarters because of the cost of operating from London and said it would make its decision in a few months. HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said the review was not meant to be a threat to Prime Minister David Cameron or his main challenger, Labour leader Ed Miliband, but followed "significant pressure" from shareholders. "We have a problem with shareholders who are saying your dividend won't be progressive because actually the levy is jumping in 500 million (dollar) increments and that's jumping faster than you can grow your dividend," he told reporters. More »

  • Stephen Foster: Ed Miliband wins the election ad campaign leaving David Cameron …
    Stephen Foster: Ed Miliband wins the election ad campaign leaving David Cameron … 8 hours ago

    I've got no idea who's going to win the forthcoming election – the latest polls shows the Tories and Labour neck and neck on 33%, as they pretty much have throughout – but we can, at least, offer a view on who won the ad campaign. Actually, by "ad campaign" we don't mean just the ads produced by each party. More »

  • Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak …
    Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak … 8 hours ago

    A Populus/Hanover survey, quoted in the Financial Times at the end of April, reckoned the Tories have less than an 18% chance of eventual government, such is the party's limited options and few friends beyond the Lib Dems and the Democratic Unionist Party. The percentage could fall lower still should Nick Clegg lose Sheffield Hallam, leaving the current prime minister with the unwelcome prospect of dealing with a combination of Vince Cable, Simon Hughes and Tim Farron. David Cameron plus Clegg plus a few Ulstermen still equals less than 50% of those bothered to turn out. Likewise, Ed Miliband plus Clegg but not Nicola Sturgeon/Alex Salmond barely reaches much higher. More »

  • UK election tumbles towards a coalition finish line
    UK election tumbles towards a coalition finish line 8 hours ago

    Bold challenge from small political parties looks set to deliver a thrilling climax. More »

  • Miliband 'Glinterview' With Beauty YouTuber
    Miliband 'Glinterview' With Beauty YouTuber 9 hours ago

    Fresh from his YouTube endorsement from Russell Brand, Ed Miliband has given an interview to the fashion and beauty vlogger Louise Pentland. The 30-year-old, whose YouTube channel Sprinkle of Glitter has 2.1 million followers (nearly twice as many as Brand's), took time out from fashion and beauty advice to tackle the Labour leader on why to vote. In a move calculated to appeal to younger voters, and bring out those who think it is not worth turning up to the ballot box, Mr Miliband gave a 12-minute "glinterview" to Ms Pentland . More »

  • Brand Backtracks On Voting To Back Labour
    Brand Backtracks On Voting To Back Labour 9 hours ago

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. Russell Brand is urging voters to support Labour - after once telling people not to vote at all. There was speculation the comedian-turned-activist would back the party after he interviewed its leader, Ed Miliband, on his YouTube show The Trews last week. He has now announced: "David Cameron might think I'm a joke, but I don't think there's anything funny about what the Conservative Party have been doing to this country and we have to stop them. More »