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  • UK consumer confidence hits 12-year high in March - GfK
    UK consumer confidence hits 12-year high in March - GfK 12 hours ago

    British consumer morale rose to its highest level in more than 12 years this month, continuing an upward trend which economic polling company GfK said could boost Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of re-election in May 7's election. GfK said its monthly consumer confidence index rose to +4 in March from +1 in February, its highest since June 2002. Polling was mostly conducted before Chancellor George Osborne's final pre-election budget, and GfK said the initial public reaction to the modest changes in it had been "muted". "If people warm to it over the next few weeks then we may well see a further increase in the index next month," said Nick Moon, GfK's managing director of social research. More »

  • Parliament Dissolved: Election Race Begins
    Parliament Dissolved: Election Race Begins 16 hours ago

    David Cameron said in five years he had put Britain "back on her feet again" as he formally fired the starting gun on the election race after a meeting with the Queen. Speaking on the steps of Number 10 after returning from Buckingham Palace where he asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament, Mr Cameron said voters face a "stark choice" between him and Ed Miliband. With 38 days to go until the election, the Conservatives would offer strong leadership and a country that was safe and secure but Mr Miliband would offer a country mired in "economic chaos". And he warned that if voters put Mr Miliband in Number 10 working families would face a £3,000 tax hike. More »

  • Campaign kicks off for tight British election
    Campaign kicks off for tight British election 16 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters they face a "stark choice" in May's tight general election as he kicked off campaigning Monday after a ceremonial visit to Queen Elizabeth II. More »

  • Autofill error leads to disclosure of world leaders' personal data
    Autofill error leads to disclosure of world leaders' personal data 18 hours ago

    Personal details of world leaders at last November’s G20 Summit in Brisbane were accidentally sent to organizers of the Asian Cup football tournament by the Australian immigration department through the use of Outlook's autofill function, The Guardian reported Monday. The G20 breach involved information on 31 international leaders, including United States president Barack Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and British prime minister David Cameron, according to The Guardian. More »

  • Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign
    Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign 18 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest election in decades began on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament had been dissolved, teeing up a fraught battle to govern a $2.8 trillion (1.88 trillion pounds) economy. Cameron made the journey to Buckingham Palace to see the monarch in an armoured limousine as TV crews buzzed overhead, a formality marking the end of five years of coalition government between his Conservatives and the centre-left Liberal Democrats. Britain excels at set-piece constitutional events. Standing in front of his Downing Street office after meeting the Queen, Cameron told voters he had presided over an economic recovery that needed cementing. More »

  • Cameron's Conservatives lead Labour by 2 percent points before election … 18 hours ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have taken a 2 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 national election, an Ashcroft poll showed on Monday. The poll put the Conservative Party on 36 percent, Labour on 34 percent, the UK Independence Party on 10 percent, and the Liberal Democrats on 6 percent. Ashcroft surveyed 1,004 adults from March 27-29. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Osborn) More »

  • Campaign begins for most unpredictable UK election in years
    Campaign begins for most unpredictable UK election in years 19 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II, then launched a most uncourteous attack on his main political rival as campaigning formally began Monday in the most unpredictable U.K. election in decades. More »

  • Labour bid to court business overshadowed by ad row
    Labour bid to court business overshadowed by ad row 19 hours ago

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party faced embarrassment on Monday as an attempt to woo businesses ahead of a national election was overshadowed by a backlash from some of the firms it featured in a newspaper advert. Campaigning for the May 7 vote -- which, with the main Conservative and Labour parties neck and neck in most polls, looks set to be Britain's most closely fought national election in decades -- began on Monday when parliament was dissolved. The $2.8 trillion economy is a key battleground, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives hoping to capitalise on a strong recovery and Labour warning of the risks for businesses of a referendum on European Union membership pledged by Cameron. If he wins, Cameron, has said he will renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership ahead of an in-out vote to be held by the end of 2017. More »

  • Cameron challenged on Labour claim
    Cameron challenged on Labour claim 21 hours ago

    David Cameron's General Election campaign ran into its first setback within hours of his visit to Buckingham Palace to inform the Queen of the dissolution of Parliament, as a respected economic think tank challenged his claim that a Labour victory would result in tax rises of more than £3,000 for every working family. More »

  • UK's Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign
    UK's Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign 21 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest election in decades began on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament had been dissolved, teeing up a fraught battle to govern a $2.8 trillion economy. Cameron made the journey to Buckingham Palace to see the monarch in an armored limousine as TV crews buzzed overhead, a formality marking the end of five years of coalition government between his Conservatives and the center-left Liberal Democrats. Britain excels at set-piece constitutional events. Standing in front of his Downing Street office after meeting the Queen, Cameron told voters he had presided over an economic recovery that needed cementing. More »

  • General election 2015: David Cameron warns of 'economic chaos' if Ed …
    General election 2015: David Cameron warns of 'economic chaos' if Ed … 22 hours ago

    David Cameron has warned Britain faces "economic chaos" if Ed Miliband is elected Prime Minister at the general election. Speaking outside Downing Street after informing the Queen parliament has been dissolved, Cameron said only the Conservatives could protect the NHS and provide economic and national security. "Or you could choose the economic chaos of Ed Miliband. More »

  • Ed Miliband: EU at heart of Labour business manifesto as David Cameron 'political …
    Ed Miliband: EU at heart of Labour business manifesto as David Cameron 'political … 23 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has placed Britain's membership of the European Union at the heart of Labour's general election pledge to build a fairer economy. The Labour leader said the UK was better off in the EU and said David Cameron was playing "political games" with the country's membership by dithering on its relationship. "Our long-term future lies inside, not outside, the European Union," Miliband said. "There could be nothing worse for our country or for our great exporting businesses than playing political games with our membership of the EU. More »

  • PM Heads To Palace As Election Battle Begins
    PM Heads To Palace As Election Battle Begins Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    David Cameron will make a short trip from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace today to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament. The final act of pomp and ceremony of his coalition government will be followed by a statement from the Prime Minister on the steps of Number 10 in which he will say the country faces "a stark choice" between the Conservatives and Labour. "Or you can choose the economic chaos of Ed Miliband's Britain - over £3,000 in higher taxes for every working family to pay for more welfare and out-of-control spending. Labour leader Mr Miliband joined shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and shadow chancellor Ed Balls for the launch of Labour's business manifesto at Bloomberg. More »

  • Email error leaked leaders' details
    Email error leaked leaders' details Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The personal details of world leaders such as US president Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, including passport numbers and visa details, were accidentally leaked to the organisers of a football tournament last year. More »

  • Election 2015: Parliament dissolved and polls split as crunch campaign begi …
    Election 2015: Parliament dissolved and polls split as crunch campaign begi … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Britain's 2015 general election campaign is formally underway as parliament is dissolved ahead of the crunch poll on 7 May. Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Buckingham Palace for his ceremonial meeting with the Queen, during which she gives her permission for parliament to be dissolved and the election campaign begin. Polls suggest this will be a knife-edge election between the Conservative and Labour parties, with a host of minor challengers gaining more support than ever before. A survey by ComRes on behalf of ITV showed the Conservatives on 36%, Labour 32%, Lib Dems 9%, Ukip 12%, Greens 5% and other parties on 7%. More »

  • Weak or strong: what might Britain's new government look like?
    Weak or strong: what might Britain's new government look like? Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Britain votes on May 7 in a general election expected to be one of the country's closest ever as Prime Minister David Cameron battles to stay in office. More »

  • UK's Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign
    UK's Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron meets Queen Elizabeth following parliament's dissolution, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy. In a ritual steeped in tradition, Cameron will be driven to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch ahead of a May 7 ballot, a formality marking the symbolic end of five years of coalition government between Cameron's Conservatives and the centre-left Liberal Democrats. Hours later, Cameron, who says he wants another term in office "to finish the job", is expected to lead an election rally in rural England, after warning voters they face "a stark choice" between economic competence and chaos. The opposition Labour Party is due to present its business policies, warning Cameron's Europe stance poses a "clear and present" danger. More »

  • UK's Labour warns of 'chaos' over Europe if PM Cameron wins ele …
    UK's Labour warns of 'chaos' over Europe if PM Cameron wins ele … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say on Monday that Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on European Union membership will subject business to two years of chaos if the Conservatives win the election. Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy. ... More »

  • Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck
    Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday ask Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve parliament, kicking off formal campaigning for one of the most unpredictable elections in decades. More »

  • Cameron's Conservatives four points ahead of Labour - poll
    Cameron's Conservatives four points ahead of Labour - poll Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have taken a four point lead over the opposition Labour Party on the eve of the start of official campaigning for a May 7 national election, a poll showed late on Sunday. The poll, by ComRes for ITV News and the Daily Mail newspaper, gave the Conservatives their largest lead in the polling series since September 2010. It put them on 36 percent, up 1 point from last week, Labour on 32 percent, down 3 points, the Liberal Democrats on 9 percent, UKIP on 12 percent, and the Greens on 5 percent. More »

  • Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election
    Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Prime Minister David Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion (1.9 trillion pound) economy. In a ritual steeped in tradition, Cameron will be driven to Buckingham Palace to ask the monarch's approval to dissolve parliament ahead of a May 7 ballot, a formality marking the symbolic end of five years of coalition government between Cameron's Conservatives and the centre-left Liberal ... More »

  • Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally
    Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected on May 7 to allow his Conservative Party to choose a new leader, one of his ministers said on Sunday, reigniting speculation on an issue Cameron wants to close. Iain Duncan-Smith's comments, on the eve of the official start of a campaign for the most unpredictable British election since the 1970s, appeared to contradict Cameron's own stance and will anger party strategists who want to focus public attention on the country's economic resurgence. Cameron surprised his ministers last week when he said he would not seek a third term if voters gave him a second mandate in May. The disclosure backfired, sparking a media frenzy about his successor and talk of him becoming a lame duck leader. More »

  • Miliband's Post-Show Bounce Sees Poll Lead
    Miliband's Post-Show Bounce Sees Poll Lead Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Labour has taken a four-point lead in the first major poll since the TV battle between Ed Miliband and David Cameron. The YouGov survey for the Sunday Times put Labour on 36%, ahead of the Tories on 32%. UKIP sits on 13%, the Liberal Democrats on 8% and "others" on 11%. The snap polls immediately after Thursday's Battle For Number 10 programme had David Cameron as the winner, but this latest study conducted over two days suggests Mr Miliband is the one enjoying a post-show bounce. More »

  • Labour wins pre-election poll bounce after TV encounter
    Labour wins pre-election poll bounce after TV encounter Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has taken a four point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives after the first TV encounter of an unusually close-fought national election, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. The poll is a morale boost for Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, and prompted party strategists to say it showed they could win an outright majority on May 7. "As the polls this morning indicate, this is a winnable election for Labour," Douglas Alexander, Labour's campaign chairman, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. The poll, by YouGov for the Sunday Times, put Labour on 36 percent, the Conservatives on 32 percent, the centrist Liberal Democrats, now in coalition with Cameron's Conservatives, on 8 percent, the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on 13 percent, and the Greens on 6 percent. More »

  • UK's Labour Party wins pre-election poll bounce after TV encounter
    UK's Labour Party wins pre-election poll bounce after TV encounter Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has taken a four point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives after the first TV encounter of an unusually close-fought national election, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. The poll is a morale boost for Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, and prompted party strategists to say it showed they could win an outright majority on May 7. "As the polls this morning indicate, this is a winnable election for Labour," Douglas Alexander, Labour's campaign chairman, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. The poll, by YouGov for the Sunday Times, put Labour on 36 percent, the Conservatives on 32 percent, the centrist Liberal Democrats, now in coalition with Cameron's Conservatives, on 8 percent, the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on 13 percent, and the Greens on 6 percent. More »

  • Tory deal 'difficult' for Lib Dems
    Tory deal 'difficult' for Lib Dems Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister has cast doubt on another coalition with the Conservatives as a senior figure from David Cameron's party admitted it would be "incredibly difficult" to win a majority at the General Election. More »

  • Tory Grandee 'Puzzled' By Cameron's Two-Term Vow
    Tory Grandee 'Puzzled' By Cameron's Two-Term Vow Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Tory grandee Malcolm Rifkind says he is "puzzled" by David Cameron's declaration that he will only serve two terms as Prime Minister. Mr Cameron last week said he was standing for election to serve for a full second term, but ruled out staying on for a third term . "Terms are like Shredded Wheat: two are wonderful but three might just be too many," Mr Cameron told BBC News. Speaking to Sky News' Murnaghan on his last day as a Member of Parliament, Sir Malcolm said he was "surprised" the timing of Mr Cameron's announcement. More »

  • Cameron 'will give successor time'
    Cameron 'will give successor time' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    David Cameron will stand down as Conservative leader in time for a successor to be chosen ahead of the general election expected in 2020, Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has said. More »

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  • Struggling middle class 'Aldi Mums' at heart of UK election
    Struggling middle class 'Aldi Mums' at heart of UK election Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Whether labelled "Worcester Woman" or "Aldi Mum", the struggling middle class is at the heart of the campaign for Britain's May elections despite an economic recovery under David Cameron's coalition. More »

  • PM targets 'instinctive Tories'
    PM targets 'instinctive Tories' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    David Cameron has vowed to win back "instinctively Conservative" voters as he held out the prospect of a new tax break for married couples if the Tories are returned to power after May 7. More »

  • Cameron Gets Personal In Miliband Attack
    Cameron Gets Personal In Miliband Attack Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    David Cameron has launched a strongly worded attack on Labour leader Ed Miliband, accusing him of having the "same old condescending, bossy, interfering, 'we know best' attitude of the Hampstead socialist". Mr Cameron said Labour was no longer the party of previous leaders such as Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson or John Smith. Mr Cameron called Labour a "bunch of hypocritical, holier-than-thou sneering socialists". A senior figure in the Labour Party hit back, telling Sky News Mr Cameron was resorting to personal snipes because he was running scared of Mr Miliband. More »

  • PM: Election on a 'knife edge'
    PM: Election on a 'knife edge' Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    David Cameron has admitted the general election is on a "knife edge" as he used his first big speech of the campaign to launch a blistering attack on Ed Miliband. More »

  • Labour Uses Miliband's 'Hell Yes' To Woo Donors
    Labour Uses Miliband's 'Hell Yes' To Woo Donors Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Labour is giving away 'Hell Yes' T-shirts to party donors after Ed Miliband used the phrase when questioned about whether he was "tough enough" for Downing Street. The Labour leader and Prime Minister David Cameron faced tough questioning earlier this week during the 90-minute Sky News Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme. During the election set-piece event, Jeremy Paxman grilled Mr Miliband, suggesting he was a "north London geek" who could not handle the likes of Vladimir Putin. Hell yes, I'm tough enough," Mr Miliband said. More »

  • UK's Cameron launches re-election campaign with health vow
    UK's Cameron launches re-election campaign with health vow Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday for May's tight poll by echoing his main rival with a new promise to improve the state-run National Health Service (NHS). More »