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  • A look at deeds and words of John Paul II
    A look at deeds and words of John Paul II 8 hours ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood: More »

  • PM in Labour 'invertebrates' jibe
    PM in Labour 'invertebrates' jibe 10 hours ago

    David Cameron compared his holiday jellyfish sting to dealing with Labour "invertebrates" at Prime Minister's Questions. More »

  • Westminster Times: Clegg and his Cojones, Farage and his Foreigners, Tory T …
    Westminster Times: Clegg and his Cojones, Farage and his Foreigners, Tory T … 10 hours ago

    Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Durantez is well know for her refusal to be treated as an add-on to her spouse or his political ambitions. The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, and 40 campaigners attempted to deliver a letter to Cameron's constituency office urging him to do more to tackle poverty. More »

  • Debate 'quite encouraging' - Welby
    Debate 'quite encouraging' - Welby 11 hours ago

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded that Britain is "certainly not" a Christian country in terms of the number of regular churchgoers, but its society and values had been "shaped and founded on" the religion. More »

  • UKIP Accused Of Being 'Two-Faced' By Clegg
    UKIP Accused Of Being 'Two-Faced' By Clegg 12 hours ago

    Nick Clegg has accused UKIP of being "two-faced" to claim immigration from Europe threatened UK jobs. Speaking as the Lib Dems launched their European campaign in Colchester, the party leader also accused the Conservatives and Labour of doing nothing to stop "populists and xenophobes". Arguing only the Lib Dems could stand up for Britain, he accused David Cameron and Ed Miliband of staying silent on Europe because of divisions within their own camps on the issue, and the fear of losing votes to UKIP. More »

  • Cornish Get Minority Rights And Protections
    Cornish Get Minority Rights And Protections 13 hours ago

    Residents of the far-flung county in the South West will be accorded the same rights and protections as other minorities in the UK, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has announced. The Cornish will be classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, meaning the Government must agree to "combat discrimination and promote equality". Half a million people signed a petition against the move, while thousands marched through Cornwall and in Westminster in an ultimately successful campaign to get the Government to rethink plans to slap VAT on hot Cornish pasties. Among those who could gain from the new status is David Cameron's daughter, Florence, who was born during a family holiday in Cornwall in 2010. More »

  • Labour Looks At Breaking Ties With Co-op Bank
    Labour Looks At Breaking Ties With Co-op Bank 13 hours ago

    Labour is considering breaking its historic links with the struggling Co-operative Bank. The party has confirmed it is "reviewing its financial arrangements", insisting it is for commercial reasons. It is reported Labour is looking to move loans worth more than £1m to the trade union-owned Unity Trust Bank. Co-op Bank is in the process of selling its 27% stake in the Unity Trust Bank. More »

  • Lib-Dems Clegg and Alexander Engage in Some Macho Politics as Polls Close i …
    Lib-Dems Clegg and Alexander Engage in Some Macho Politics as Polls Close i … 13 hours ago

    Perhaps it is a sense of having little left to lose that has sparked the recent outbreak of macho politics coming from the Liberal Democrats. But in the space of two days the party has defiantly threatened to bring down any Tory or Labour minority government after the general election, unless they are included in a coalition government. Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Durantez clearly has a point when she suggests her husband has "cojones" and the same can now be said of his colleague, Danny Alexander, who has launched a pre-emptive strike over any post-election deals in the event of another hung parliament. Branding Ukip "populists and xenophobes", he said they had to be stopped and it was up to him to do it as the other two parties were "missing in action" because they were running scared of Nigel Farage. More »

  • Labour mulls moving loan from Co-op Bank - sources
    Labour mulls moving loan from Co-op Bank - sources 14 hours ago

    By Matt Scuffham and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party is considering moving a 1.2 million pound loan with the troubled Co-operative Bank to Unity Trust Bank, which is controlled by the country's trade unions, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The sources said discussions were at an early stage and emphasised Labour would continue to bank with the Co-op, a major lender to Britain's main opposition party. "We constantly review our financial arrangements and any decisions taken, including any consolidation of loans, are done for commercial reasons," a Labour party spokesman told Reuters. The BBC reported earlier that Labour would look to move all its current account facilities to the Unity Trust Bank once the loan had been moved. More »

  • Sachin Tendulkar Turns 41: 15 Great Quotes to Share About the Batting Legen …
    Sachin Tendulkar Turns 41: 15 Great Quotes to Share About the Batting Legen … 15 hours ago

    Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 on 24 April. "Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master, is so talented that wherever you're from, you can't help but admire him as he hits another century." – David Cameron "I don't know cricket. I don't know how Sachin plays. More »

  • UK Shale Gas Industry Needs £33bn Investment to Get Fracking
    UK Shale Gas Industry Needs £33bn Investment to Get Fracking 15 hours ago

    Investment of £33bn is needed to get a shale gas industry off the ground in the UK, according to a report. In order to drill 4,000 wells over an 18 year period, billions of pounds must be ploughed into the supply chain – potentially creating 64,000 new jobs. The report was commissioned by industry body the UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) and carried out by consultancy giant EY. "I want this report to be a call to action for the UK supply chain for small and large companies, whether in Lancashire or Lowestoft, whether in the steel industry, the chemical industry, or in other manufacturing and services," said Michael Fallon, UK minister of state for business and energy. More »

  • Budget Deficit Drops By 6% In Last Year
    Budget Deficit Drops By 6% In Last Year 16 hours ago

    The UK budget deficit has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis five years ago. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the shortfall in tax revenues over Government spending fell to £107.7bn in the 12 months to the end of March. It was slightly lower than forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, in the March Budget delivered by Chancellor George Osborne. The figures come as the European Union's statistical agency, Eurostat, said governments across the 28-country bloc recorded lower budget deficits in 2013. More »

  • Conservative party pledges to end wind farm subsidies
    Conservative party pledges to end wind farm subsidies 16 hours ago

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party on Thursday pledged to end government subsidies for onshore wind farms if it wins a national election next year, saying many voters did not want any more of them. Conservative energy minister Michael Fallon said that onshore wind still had a role to play in helping Britain meet its energy needs and renewable energy targets, but that the industry no longer required government subsidies. "We now have enough bill payer-funded onshore wind in the pipeline to meet our renewable energy commitments and there's no requirement for any more," said Fallon, in comments released by his office. "That's why the next Conservative government will end any additional bill payer subsidy for onshore wind, and give local councils the decisive say on any new wind farms." The government cut proposed subsidies to support the development of onshore wind late last year, but boosted support for offshore wind. More »

  • Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg
    Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg 16 hours ago

    Nick Clegg accused Ukip of running a campaign based on "false claims and fear" as he warned that millions of jobs would be put at risk if the UK left the European Union. More »

  • Tories Promise Communities the Power to Block Onshore Wind Farms
    Tories Promise Communities the Power to Block Onshore Wind Farms 17 hours ago

    The Conservative party has promised communities that they will have the power to block onshore wind farms if the Tories win the general election in 2015. The UK energy minister Michael Fallon will also announce that the new powers for local resident's will be installed within six months of the Tories taking office. And renewable energy, including onshore wind, has a key role in our future energy supply. "That's why the next Conservative Government will end any additional bill payer subsidy for onshore wind." More »

  • Affirmative action is doomed. Here's what progressives should do about  …
    Affirmative action is doomed. Here's what progressives should do about  … 18 hours ago

    This week's Supreme Court ruling in the Michigan affirmative action case tried to strike a Solomonic middle-ground, neither demanding nor forbidding states from using racial preferences in university admissions, while endorsing the right of each state's voters to decide such matters themselves. In practice, however, the decision marks the beginning of the end of the era of affirmative action as we know it. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the 6-2 plurality ruling (Elena Kagan was recused), wrote that the court cannot overturn Prop 2 — Michigan's 2006 ban on racial preferences, which was backed by 58 percent of voters — anymore than it could ban Texas' use of preferences in Fisher vs. University of Texas last year. "The Constitution," Kennedy's liberal colleague Justice Breyer noted in his concurring opinion, "foresees the ballot box, not the courts, as the normal instrument for resolving the merits of these (affirmative action) programs." More »

  • Spooked by immigration, disgruntled voters turn to UKIP
    Spooked by immigration, disgruntled voters turn to UKIP 22 hours ago

    By Kylie MacLellan GRIMSBY, England (Reuters) - Like many in the once thriving fishing town of Grimsby, Dave thinks an influx of east European migrants has made it harder to find work and he plans to register his anxiety by voting in an election for the first time in 18 years. But the 36-year-old docker will not be voting for Labour party, traditionally the dominant force in the area's local politics. In the run-up to next month's elections for the European Parliament, Dave says he intends to back the anti-EU UKIP. "They seem like the only ones who want to do something about immigration," said Dave, who declined to give his surname, as he enjoyed a beer in a pub on Freeman Street, formerly a bustling shopping area and popular haunt of fishermen now dotted with boarded-up shops, pawnbrokers and at least two Polish grocers. More »

  • Scottish independence to rebalance UK economy, benefit Northern England - S …
    Scottish independence to rebalance UK economy, benefit Northern England - S … Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Jack Stubbs and Belinda Goldsmith CARLISLE (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would rebalance the UK's economy and bring prosperity to northern England, Scottish leader Alex Salmond said on Wednesday in a bid to dispel concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting the United Kingdom. In a speech marking St. George's Day, England's national day, Salmond stressed that historic links between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom would continue if Scots voted to go it alone in a September 18 referendum. More »

  • Was Madeline McCann One of Many?
    Was Madeline McCann One of Many? Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A new development in the formerly closed case finds detectives scrambling to uncover new leads stemming from the revelation that a suspect in 18 other nearby break-ins fit the same description. More »

  • Ministers blamed over smear tests
    Ministers blamed over smear tests Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Labour has blamed ministers after figures showed an 11% rise in the number of women whose smear test was overdue. More »

  • Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase fancies a shot at the Senate
    Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase fancies a shot at the Senate Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Former Romanian tennis champion Ilie Nastase -- at one time one of the highest-earning players in Europe -- has announced he will run for a seat in parliament. More »

  • Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
    Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation' Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ukraine's acting president has called for new anti-terrorist measures to protect citizens of his country after "brutally tortured" bodies were found near Slavyansk. Oleksandr Turchynov said the body of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchynov's Batkivshchyna party, was one of two found showing signs of torture. Mr Rybak was deputy head of Horlivka city council. Mr Rybak went missing on April 17. More »

  • California bill reignites affirmative action fight
    California bill reignites affirmative action fight Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. More »

  • Boris Johnson Plans Return to Parliament in 2015
    Boris Johnson Plans Return to Parliament in 2015 Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Boris Johnson is soon to announce that he will stand for parliament at next year's general election, according to reports. The London mayor is expected to make the announcement by the summer "to avoid speculation on his future overshadowing the Tory campaign", the Daily Mail has reported. His popularity as mayor has fuelled speculation in recent years that he would return to parliament and was ultimately vying to be Prime Minister. In the past, David Cameron has openly admitted to knowing Johnson "wants my job" but still described him as a "great striker" who he wanted back on his team. More »

  • Miliband Plans 'Attack Unit' to Combat Expected Dirty Election Camp …
    Miliband Plans 'Attack Unit' to Combat Expected Dirty Election Camp … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Reports that Ed Miliband is preparing a Labour "attack unit" to combat a predicted dirty, personalised election campaign should come as no surprise. The Labour party has never forgotten the treatment dished out to its leader in the 1992 election campaign which saw an unprecedented level of personal focus on Neil Kinnock. And Miliband believes he has already seen a hint of what is to come with the attack on his father as "the man who hated Britain" in the Daily Mail last year and what aides believe is a deliberate move by David Cameron to "go personal" at question time. The most recent example of that second trend was when the prime minister referred to Miliband and Ed Balls as "Muppets" during a heated clash in the Commons.. More »

  • Britain's budget gap narrowest since financial crisis
    Britain's budget gap narrowest since financial crisis Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's hefty budget deficit has fallen to its lowest since the financial crisis, official data showed on Wednesday, helping the government argue it is delivering on a key economic pledge a year before a national election. The Bank of England, meanwhile, indicated it was not hurrying to raise interest rates, even if its members are somewhat divided about the economic outlook. The deficit in the 2013-14 tax year fell to 6.6 percent of gross domestic product from 7.4 percent in 2012-13 - in line with recent government plans. It was the smallest shortfall since 2007-08, though well above that of most other advanced economies - including the 3 percent expected of European Union countries - partly a reflection of how much the government used to rely on massive revenues from banking and housing before the financial crisis. More »

  • UK Recovery: Manufacturing Sector Most Confident Since 1973
    UK Recovery: Manufacturing Sector Most Confident Since 1973 Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Surging confidence among Britain's manufacturers about the economic recovery led to the biggest rise in optimism for four decades, according to a leading survey. In its industrial trends survey for the three months to April 2014, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said the balance for optimism hit +33% - the highest since 1973. The bounce in confidence comes as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts the UK will have the fastest growing Western economy in 2014, with GDP expanding by 2.9%. And it will ease Chancellor George Osborne's concerns about the UK recovery being too weighted towards consumption and the housing market rather than manufacturing and trade. More »

  • St George's Day: Why We Don't Celebrate the Patron Saint of England
    St George's Day: Why We Don't Celebrate the Patron Saint of England Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Despite the efforts of some to whip England into a frenzy of national pride, the majority of us still choose to turn a blind eye to St George's Day. St George's Day and the sight of the English flag brings up a mental (and unfortunately irreversible) image of topless members of the British National Party. Earlier this week, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage defended his party's "racist" election poster campaign ahead of the May European elections. The campaign - which epitomises the knee-jerk reactionary crusades Ukip take pride in - is a prime example of why we choose to ignore St George's Day. It is because of these campaigns, that unlike St Patrick's Day, which sees hoards of revellers take to the streets clutching pints of Guiness to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, England's equivalent is largely ignored. More »

  • Colbert 'Thrilled' To Get Letterman's TV Job
    Colbert 'Thrilled' To Get Letterman's TV Job Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Stephen Colbert has appeared on CBS' Late Show for the first time since it was announced he would be taking over from current host David Letterman. Introducing his successor, Letterman, who has hosted the show since 1993 and is retiring next year, said the new host was "very talented" and "always entertaining". Colbert, 49, made his mark satirising political conservatives on his Comedy Central weeknight cable show, The Colbert Report. When the new appointment was announced, CBS president Leslie Moonves said: "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. More »

  • UK's Financial Health Improves as Deficit Falls Faster than Expected
    UK's Financial Health Improves as Deficit Falls Faster than Expected Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Chancellor George Osborne is slashing public spending in order to erase the structural deficit in the Treasury's financesReuters Britain's public finances are in better health than they were expected to be in a boost for Chancellor George Osborne. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), public sector net borrowing was £107.7bn (€131bn. It is just under the £107.8bn predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the UK's independent fiscal watchdog. More »

  • Is Boris On His Bike Back To Westminster?
    Is Boris On His Bike Back To Westminster? Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has insisted he is "getting on with his job" amid renewed speculation he will stand as an MP in next year's general election. Speaking to Sky News outside his home, Mr Johnson sought to shrug off rumours he will run for Parliament in 2015. More »

  • UK Economic Recovery Threatened by Gaping Trade Deficit
    UK Economic Recovery Threatened by Gaping Trade Deficit Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Britain's yawning current account deficit is threatening the UK's gathering economic recovery, according to the Bank of England. Policymakers on the BoE's rate-setting monetary policy committee (MPC) highlighted the current account deficit, which has grown to the equivalent of 5.5% of GDP, as a significant concern at their monthly meeting at the beginning of April. The BoE and Chancellor George Osborne have raised concerns that the economy is not rebalancing towards trade and business investment. What is a current account deficit? More »

  • Is St George's Day any closer to becoming a bank holiday?
    Is St George's Day any closer to becoming a bank holiday? Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Despite David Cameron declaring today that St George's Day has been overlooked 'for too long', England's patron saint day remains a low-key, eccentric celebration for now More »

  • UK debt £10bn higher than expected
    UK debt £10bn higher than expected Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Britain's debt mountain was £10.7 billion higher than expected in the last financial year as it rose to more than three-quarters of gross domestic product (GDP), despite a fall in annual borrowing. More »

  • Democrats aren't dead in the South Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A new set of polls from the New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation have political observers buzzing this morning because they show Democrats still have a fighting chance in four key Southern Senate races. More »