Latest Conservative Party news

  • Secret video, outrage, and a revived US abortion debate
    Secret video, outrage, and a revived US abortion debate 4 hours ago

    Anti-abortion activists' secret footage of officials from the largest US family planning organization discussing use of fetal tissue for research has appalled conservatives, sparking fresh assaults against an iconic organization over abortion rights. More »

  • RAF Tornado squadron to stay in service until March 2017
    RAF Tornado squadron to stay in service until March 2017 6 hours ago

    The RAF Tornado squadron spearheading Britain's air campaign against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq has been given a second stay of execution. More »

  • Call to 'embed' sports participation after post-Olympics lull
    Call to 'embed' sports participation after post-Olympics lull 6 hours ago

    Ministers are appealing to the public for ideas on how to address why the number of people playing sport is falling three years after the Olympics. More »

  • Extra guards stationed at Calais as David Cameron is urged to visit the por …
    Extra guards stationed at Calais as David Cameron is urged to visit the por … 6 hours ago

    Extra security guards have been stationed at Calais to try to tackle the migrant crisis while David Cameron faces calls to break his holiday and witness its impact "first-hand". More »

  • Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds
    Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections. More »

  • 5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood
    5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lost Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers. More »

  • Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges
    Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges 6 hours ago

    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — One by one, the wealthy conservative donors stood up Monday and pledged millions of dollars to the favorite causes of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. More »

  • U.N. monitors accuse British oil firm of 'payoffs' to Somali offici …
    U.N. monitors accuse British oil firm of 'payoffs' to Somali offici … 7 hours ago

    (Reuters) - U.N. sanctions experts have accused British company Soma Oil and Gas of making large payments to Somalia's oil ministry that created a "serious conflict of interest," some of which appeared to have been used to pay off senior officials. In a report to a U.N. Security Council committee, the experts said Soma paid nearly $600,000 (£384,936.16) as part of efforts to protect and expand an energy exploration contract it signed with the ministry in 2013. According to a confidential report compiled by the experts on the U.N. Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, which was reviewed by Reuters, Soma also paid $495,000 to a lawyer who was advising the Somali government when it was negotiating a contract with the company. More »

  • Bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds fails in US Senate
    Bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds fails in US Senate 7 hours ago

    US Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a deeply controversial measure aimed at halting all federal funding to the largest abortion provider in the nation. More »

  • Hammond: We've 'Got A Grip' On Calais Crisis
    Hammond: We've 'Got A Grip' On Calais Crisis 7 hours ago

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has insisted the Government has a grip on the migrant crisis at Calais, as he promised 100 security guards will be sent to the trouble spot. It comes as figures suggest that as many as 70% of migrants in Calais may be making it in to Britain . "We saw a peak last week, since when the number of illegal migrants has tailed off. More »

  • UK government announces new steps against illegal immigrants
    UK government announces new steps against illegal immigrants 7 hours ago

    Britain's government promised new measures Monday to crack down on illegal immigrants by making landlords evict them, as the Calais migrants crisis continued to dominate the headlines. More »

  • Migrant Crisis Worsens as 1,700 Storm Channel Tunnel
    Migrant Crisis Worsens as 1,700 Storm Channel Tunnel 8 hours ago

    Thousands of migrants and refugees living in makeshift camps in the French port city of Calais are making nightly attempts to enter the Channel Tunnel freight terminal in a bid to reach Britain. The French government has deployed riot police and extra security around the tunnel, but that didn't deter 1,700 people from making the attempt on Sunday night, according to a French police union. The union did say that "intrusions" in the area were better managed that night than in previous days, the BBC reports, but there was talk that Monday evening would see "the biggest attempt so far" by the refugees to breach the tunnel, according to the BBC's Gavin Lee, who is reporting from Calais. More »

  • Osborne Pulls Trigger On £2bn RBS Share Sale
    Osborne Pulls Trigger On £2bn RBS Share Sale 8 hours ago

    George Osborne has unveiled plans for a £2bn sale of taxpayers' shareholding in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in a symbolic moment that will crystallise a substantial loss on the stake. Confirming widespread expectations that he would begin the processing of selling the shares this week, the Treasury said after the stock market closed on Monday that it would sell a 5.2% stake in RBS to City investors. Directors of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the agency which manages the state's 79% stake in RBS, held talks on Monday to sanction the move. More »

  • In UK, heated debate as migrants' numbers grow across the Channel 9 hours ago

    Thousands of desperate migrants, many refugees from the conflict in Syria as well as sub-Saharan Africa, have gathered in makeshift camps, attempting to board trucks and trains in the hope of forging a better life. On the other side of the Channel, miles-long traffic jams and extended delays on the Channel Tunnel train have revealed a clogged system struggling to cope with newfound pressure. Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted he expects the crisis to last all summer. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn turns up the heat on Labour rivals with speech from fire engi …
    Jeremy Corbyn turns up the heat on Labour rivals with speech from fire engi … 9 hours ago

    Jeremy Corbyn has addressed supporters from the top of a fire engine after a planned rally spilled out into the street because so many people turned up. More »

  • Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback
    Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback 10 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month. More »

  • Ted Heath Child Sex Victims Appeal By NSPCC
    Ted Heath Child Sex Victims Appeal By NSPCC 11 hours ago

    Potential victims of child sex abuse at the hands of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath are being urged to come forward after a senior police officer claimed an allegation had been made in the 1990s. Wiltshire Police said the former Conservative prime minister had been named in "relation to offences concerning children" and they wanted to "identify if there are any witnesses or victims" to "support allegations". The inquiry was sparked after a retired senior police officer claimed that an allegation against Sir Edward was made to the force in the 1990s but officers failed to investigate properly. More »

  • Channel migrants crisis bites into British business
    Channel migrants crisis bites into British business 11 hours ago

    Hundreds of trucks are pictured parked on the southbound and northbound carriageways of the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent, south-east England, on July 30, 2015 More »

  • George Osborne to begin sell-off of Government stake in RBS
    George Osborne to begin sell-off of Government stake in RBS 11 hours ago

    Chancellor George Osborne has received the green light to begin selling £600 million of shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland, representing just under 5.2% of its overall stake in the bank. More »

  • Government has a grip on Calais migrant crisis, says Philip Hammond
    Government has a grip on Calais migrant crisis, says Philip Hammond 11 hours ago

    The Government has a grip on the migrant crisis at Calais, Philip Hammond has insisted as David Cameron faces calls to break his holiday and witness its impact "first hand". More »

  • UK to start selling RBS shares with 5.2% stake
    UK to start selling RBS shares with 5.2% stake 12 hours ago

    RBS was bailed out with public money at a cost of £45.5 billion ($70.9 billion, 64.7 billion euros) following the 2008 global financial crisis and the British government holds 78.3 percent of the bank's ... More »

  • Seven years after bailout, Britain starts RBS sell-off with 2 billion pound …
    Seven years after bailout, Britain starts RBS sell-off with 2 billion pound … 12 hours ago

    By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Britain started the sale of a 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Monday, beginning the disposal of its holding in the bank seven years after a multi-billion pound bailout at the height of the financial crisis. UK Financial Investments, the body that holds the government's RBS stake, said it would sell about 600 million shares, representing 5.2 percent of the bank, in a quick-fire sale to institutional investors after the market closed. Britain owns 78 percent of RBS after rescuing it with 45.8 billion pounds of taxpayer cash at the peak of the credit crunch in 2008. More »

  • UK state to start selling shares in nationalized bank RBS 12 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it will start selling its majority stake in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland — the first step in recovering money from the country's costliest-ever bank rescue. More »

  • Calais migrants step up bids to get into Channel Tunnel
    Calais migrants step up bids to get into Channel Tunnel 12 hours ago

    Migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England, French police sources said Monday, and an officer sustained facial injuries from a stone. More »

  • In Snowden's wake, crypto-startups take root in Germany 12 hours ago

    The scope of National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden didn’t particularly alarm Felix Müller-Irion. What alarmed Mr. Müller-Irion was something most people would consider a mere footnote in the global controversy following Mr. Snowden’s leaks. In 2013 Lavabit, the encrypted, or "secure" e-mail service Snowden used shut its doors after the US government subpoenaed its encryption keys. More »

  • Men trafficked from Vietnam to grow Marijuana in UK failed by system, says top …
    Men trafficked from Vietnam to grow Marijuana in UK failed by system, says top … 12 hours ago

    The UK announced last week it is working with Vietnam to stamp out the large number of trafficked people from the country coming to Britain. "David Cameron is to be commended for saying we're going to go set up another shelter [in Vietnam] but I question why he says that it should be for women and children," said award-winning human rights lawyer Parosha Chandran. More »

  • Greens and Lib Dems warm to Barack Obama's climate change action plan
    Greens and Lib Dems warm to Barack Obama's climate change action plan 12 hours ago

    The UK's Green Party and Liberal Democrats have praised Barack Obama ahead of the US president outlining his plan to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gases from coal-fired power stations. The so-called Clean Power Plan is designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by the end of the next decade in 2030. The White House has also claimed the action plan will create 30% more renewable energy generation in 2030 and create thousands of jobs by incentivising a shift towards green energy. More »

  • Calais crisis hardens tone of Britain's immigration, EU debate
    Calais crisis hardens tone of Britain's immigration, EU debate 13 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Dramatic images of migrants storming the Channel Tunnel from France have prompted Prime Minister David Cameron's government to ramp up anti-immigration rhetoric and spurred Eurosceptics to amplify calls for Britain to quit the European Union. The government's increasingly shrill tone has upset charities, churchmen and left-wing politicians, while anti-EU campaigners have seized on the crisis as proof that Britain is unable to protect its own borders while remaining in the bloc. Cameron, criticised by political rivals for referring to the migrants as "a swarm", won an unexpectedly decisive election victory as recently as May. But the Calais events - in which hundreds of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East try nightly to scale fences - pose a political problem by spotlighting his failure to keep his promises on controlling immigration. More »

  • RBS: Osborne To Pull Trigger On £2bn Sale
    RBS: Osborne To Pull Trigger On £2bn Sale 13 hours ago

    George Osborne is expected to announce the first sale of taxpayers' shareholding in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Monday with a £2bn disposal targeted at City investors. Sky News understands that directors of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the agency which manages the state's 79% stake in RBS, held talks on Monday to sanction the move. Insiders said the sale, which will involve disposing of around 5% of RBS to major institutions, was likely to be priced at between 325p and 330p, representing a modest discount to the bank's share price. More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 14 hours ago

    Most Democrats seem ready for Hillary Clinton—or at least appear content with her candidacy. While his boss hasn’t endorsed Clinton—and says he won’t endorse in the primary—many members of the Obama administration have gone to work for Clinton, including some close to Biden. One reason Biden didn’t get into the race was that his son Beau was dying of cancer, and the vice president was focused on being with his son. More »

  • Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians Is Growing Dramatically 15 hours ago

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, many gays and lesbians celebrated. A quick glance at most public opinion polls reveals that explicit attitudes toward gays and lesbians have been on the upswing for some time. For example, more than half of Americans — 53 percent — told the Gallup organization that they supported same-sex marriage in 2011, up from 27 percent in 1996. More »

  • The Eurozone's Death by a Thousand Bailouts
    The Eurozone's Death by a Thousand Bailouts 15 hours ago

    The European Union was founded to ease the continent's toxic wartime legacy, to allow Germany to help lead the continent, not dominate it. In exchange, the coalition government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, must implement further austerity measures, increase value-added taxes and liberalize the rule-bound Greek economy. Greece must place national assets worth 50 billion euros ($55.1 billion) into a privatization fund that will be supervised by European institutions. More »

  • British Police Watchdog to Investigate Handling of Former PM Heath Child Sex …
    British Police Watchdog to Investigate Handling of Former PM Heath Child Sex … 15 hours ago

    Britain's police watchdog said on Monday it will investigate allegations that detectives failed to pursue a complaint of child sexual abuse made against former Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath in the 1990s. Heath was Prime Minister between 1970 and 1974 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975 when he lost the leadership to Margaret Thatcher. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), said the claim of child sexual abuse had been made to Wiltshire police in southwest England, where Heath lived for much of his life. More »

  • Cilla Black: Britain Mourns A Showbiz Icon
    Cilla Black: Britain Mourns A Showbiz Icon 16 hours ago

    Spanish police are reportedly investigating whether Cilla Black died after a fall at her Costa del Sol villa, as tributes to the late singer and TV presenter continue to pour in. Sky's Enda Brady, who is outside the 72-year-old star's home in Estepona, said: "What a lot of people in the area are saying is that Cilla arrived here on Friday with her son Robert for a brief holiday. The death of the former pop star and TV presenter  was announced on Sunday . More »

  • Watchdog probes handling of child sex abuse claims against former British prime …
    Watchdog probes handling of child sex abuse claims against former British prime … 16 hours ago

    The issue was referred by Wiltshire Police following allegations made by a retired senior officer. More »