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  • Economic recovery matters most - PM
    Economic recovery matters most - PM 3 hours ago

    Protecting the economic recovery "matters more than anything", David Cameron declared as he hit back at critics of his General Election campaign in a passionate rallying cry to Tory activists. More »

  • Labour Party pledges to control rents if elected on May 7
    Labour Party pledges to control rents if elected on May 7 3 hours ago

    The Labour Party said on Sunday it would introduce rent controls if it wins an election on May 7 and ban private landlords from raising rents above the rate of inflation for the duration of new three-year contracts. Left-wing Labour and Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right Conservatives are neck-and-neck in most opinion polls ahead of the election and both are searching for a policy idea that might break the deadlock. Labour leader Ed Miliband has previously promised he would intervene in other areas, such as the energy market, to keep prices down. More »

  • After crisis warnings, Labour says no deals with Scottish nationalists
    After crisis warnings, Labour says no deals with Scottish nationalists 5 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king. The policy shift, by Labour leader Ed Miliband, was designed to blunt what has become Cameron's main attack line before the May 7 election, a contest that is shaping up to be the country's closest and most unpredictable since the 1970s. The stakes are unusually high: Cameron is promising a European Union membership referendum which could see the world's fifth largest economy leave the trading bloc, while Scottish nationalists are pushing for a deal with Labour which opponents fear could pave the way for another independence referendum. More »

  • Ukrainian-born Blavatnik tops UK rich list, Queen falls out of top 300
    Ukrainian-born Blavatnik tops UK rich list, Queen falls out of top 300 8 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has become Britain's wealthiest man, a "rich list" published annually by The Sunday Times newspaper showed on Sunday, but the Queen slipped down the rankings despite her net worth growing. Boosted largely by rising stock markets, the newspaper said the super-rich had doubled their collective wealth since the 2009 economic crisis and that the wealthiest 1,000 people based in Britain were now worth 547 billion pounds, up from 258 billion in 2009, an increase of 112 percent. The Labour Party accuses Prime Minister David Cameron of governing in favour of the wealthy at the expense of the poor. Britain has 117 sterling billionaires, the list showed, more than any other country except the United States and China, and London has more billionaires (80) than ever before and more than any other city in the world. More »

  • Cameron focuses campaign on economy
    Cameron focuses campaign on economy 8 hours ago

    David Cameron has insisted Tory campaigning will focus on the economy "to the exclusion of everything else", as he dismissed continued claims of adopting a negative vision. More »

  • Analysis - Productivity puzzle to tax UK election victor
    Analysis - Productivity puzzle to tax UK election victor 11 hours ago

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Less than two weeks away from a knife-edge election, Britain's biggest economic problem, stagnant productivity, has barely surfaced in the political debate. Whoever wins on May 7 will struggle to keep their promises unless Britain can find a way to follow up on the strongest job creation in a generation by getting people to produce more once they are in work, generating more profits and tax revenues. After an initially slow recovery from financial crisis, Britain last year had the fastest growth rate of any major advanced economy. Prime Minister David Cameron, seeking to break ahead of the opposition Labour Party in the polls, touts his economic successes. More »

  • PM: SNP wants to wreck government
    PM: SNP wants to wreck government 20 hours ago

    David Cameron has warned voters that they have "11 days to save Britain", as he claimed Scottish nationalists "don't want the country to succeed". More »

  • Labour Leading Tories By 2% In New Poll
    Labour Leading Tories By 2% In New Poll 22 hours ago

    Labour are leading the Conservatives by 2% in a new poll by YouGov for The Sunday Times. A week ago the same survey gave Ed Miliband's party a four-point advantage over David Cameron's. In the new poll, Labour were down two points on 34% to the Conservatives' 32% (down one), with UKIP on 14% (up one), Lib Dems on 9% (unchanged) and Greens on 6% (up one). However, the Conservatives are leading Labour by 1% in a new poll by Opinium for The Observer. More »

  • Conservatives take 3 point lead over Labour - Survation poll
    Conservatives take 3 point lead over Labour - Survation poll 22 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party has taken a 3 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday newspaper ahead of the May 7 election. The poll put the Conservatives up 3 percentage points on 33 percent, with support for Labour dropping 4 percentage points to 30 percent. With less than two weeks to go before the May 7 election, most opinion polls have shown voters fairly evenly split between Britain's two main political parties, meaning neither is likely to win enough seats to hold a clear parliamentary majority. More »

  • Labour has 2 point lead ahead of election - YouGov poll for Sunday Times
    Labour has 2 point lead ahead of election - YouGov poll for Sunday Times 23 hours ago

    Britain's opposition Labour Party has a two percentage point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, according to a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times. The poll showed Labour on 34 percent and the Conservatives on 32 percent, according to the paper. The two main parties have been neck-and-neck in most opinion polls since the start of the year, with neither establishing a sustained lead beyond the typical 3 percentage point margin of error. Opinion polls have consistently shown that neither the Conservatives nor Labour are likely to win an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament. More »

  • Conservatives' lead narrows to 1 point over Labour in Opinium poll
    Conservatives' lead narrows to 1 point over Labour in Opinium poll Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    David Cameron's Conservative Party saw its lead in an opinion poll narrow on Saturday, with a survey for the Observer newspaper giving it a 1 percentage point lead over the Labour Party ahead of the May 7 election. The poll by market research company Opinium put the Conservatives on 34 percent, with support for Labour at 33 percent. More »

  • PM Scores Own Goal With Football 'Brain Fade'
    PM Scores Own Goal With Football 'Brain Fade' Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    David Cameron has blamed "brain fade" for mixing up his claret and blue football sides and urging people to support a premier league rival to his favourite team. In a speech on the campaign trail, the Prime Minister said he would prefer people to support West Ham when he is a self-proclaimed Aston Villa fan. He later echoed the comment made by the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett following a poor interview performance. But the slip led to derision on Twitter and has been seized on by critics to doubt his true commitment to the team. More »

  • Cameron scores own goal with pre-election football gaffe
    Cameron scores own goal with pre-election football gaffe Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to forget which football team he supported on Saturday, drawing ridicule on social media just days ahead of an election in a country known for its love of sport. Cameron, a descendant of King William IV and an alumnus of the elite Eton College, was left looking embarrassed after referring to his support for the east London Premier League club West Ham in a speech about identity. Cameron quickly tried to backtrack, pointing out that he is in fact a fan of Aston Villa, another Premier League club from the centre of England who wear a similarly coloured kit. More »

  • Cameron makes football blunder in UK election speech
    Cameron makes football blunder in UK election speech Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a blunder during his general election campaign when he forgot which football team he supported. More »

  • Cameron in election own goal over favourite football team
    Cameron in election own goal over favourite football team Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron, fighting to keep power at a general election in two weeks, was left red-faced Saturday after getting the name of his favourite football team wrong. More »

  • Queen Leads Cenotaph Tribute To Gallipoli Dead
    Queen Leads Cenotaph Tribute To Gallipoli Dead Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Queen has led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to mark 100 years since the the First World War's Gallipoli campaign. Others to lay floral tributes included the Prime Minister David Cameron, George Brandis, Australia's Attorney General, and David Carter MP, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. Following the ceremony, the Queen and Prince Philip joined the congregation at Westminster Abbey for a service of commemoration. Earlier, Prince Charles took part in a dawn service in Turkey to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign – one of the bloodiest events of World War One. More »

  • Brain fade behind own goal, PM says
    Brain fade behind own goal, PM says Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    David Cameron has blamed getting his favourite football team wrong on "brain fade". More »

  • Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of election
    Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of election Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election. "There were a lot of rumours at the start of this campaign that I was unwell which I denied," he told the Daily Telegraph, ahead of what is shaping up to be Britain's tightest election in a generation. Often seen as being a one-man band fronted by Farage, UKIP is set to play a key role in the election because it siphons support from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, potentially preventing either from winning an outright majority. More »

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  • Labour Accuses PM Over Migrant Boat Deaths
    Labour Accuses PM Over Migrant Boat Deaths Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Ed Miliband has suggested David Cameron is partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of refugees fleeing North Africa. But the Labour leader's comments drew a swift rebuke, with the Tories accusing him of a "provocative and shameful intervention", while the Prime Minister dismissed them as "ill-judged". Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has also said it was "distasteful" to reduce the human tragedy in the Mediterranean "to a political point-scoring blame game". In a foreign policy speech, Mr Miliband indicated the deaths of hundreds fleeing North Africa are "in part a direct result" of the coalition Government's 2011 military intervention against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite
    HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Steve Slater and Sinead Cruise LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC , Europe's biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC , founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as "The Bank", and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron and his main challenger, Labour party leader Ed Miliband. HSBC has been one of the most vocal critics of the regulations and additional taxes imposed on British banks in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and Chairman Douglas Flint singled out the threat of Britain withdrawing from the European Union in a speech to investors on Friday. More »

  • Tory English Votes Plan To Include Income Tax
    Tory English Votes Plan To Include Income Tax Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    David Cameron has pledged changes to ensure English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England. The Prime Minister set out a timetable for introducing Tory plans for English votes for English laws within a year of the election. He promised the measure would be extended to financial matters, with the handover of tax-raising powers to Scotland. Mr Cameron has argued it is "simply unfair" English MPs would be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, while Scottish MPs would be able to vote on the tax paid by residents in Birmingham, Canterbury or Leeds. More »

  • Cameron shifts tack as election campaign fails to shift dial
    Cameron shifts tack as election campaign fails to shift dial Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's advisers thought his economic record would have delivered a solid poll lead by now. The absence of a breakthrough coupled with a stronger than expected performance from Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, is dampening the mood in Cameron's centre-right Conservative Party. The campaign has been almost genteel." The election, which could determine Britain's place in the European Union and Scotland's future in the United Kingdom, is the closest since the 1970s with the two main parties unable to open up a clear lead. The SNP is threatening to all but wipe out Labour in Scotland, while UKIP is likely to steal large numbers of Conservative voters in England, making it harder for Cameron to beat Labour in areas where Miliband's party is narrowly behind. More »

  • Opposition leader accuses Cameron of weakening UK in world
    Opposition leader accuses Cameron of weakening UK in world Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on Friday accused Prime Minister David Cameron of weakening Britain on the world stage with an isolationist foreign policy and uncertainty about membership in the European Union. More »

  • David Cameron and Ed Miliband react to HSBC headquarters move
    David Cameron and Ed Miliband react to HSBC headquarters move Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    HSBC Holdings, Europe's biggest bank, will review whether to move its headquarters out of Britain, potentially dealing a blow to a country trying to balance tighter regulation with the importance of the financial industry to its economy. The announcement comes less than two weeks before UK elections on 7 May and poses challenges for both the Conservatives seeking to return to government and their main rival, the Labour party. Responding to the news British Prime Minister David Cameron said his ruling Conservative party had taken steps to re-inforce London's position as the "world's leading financial centre". "We've improved London as a financial centre not least by changing the way we regulate banks so that we wouldn't have to bail them out with tax payers money in future as the last Labour government had to do," Cameron said. More »

  • Ahead of election, Miliband says PM Cameron has squandered Britain's global …
    Ahead of election, Miliband says PM Cameron has squandered Britain's global … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has squandered Britain's global influence by forging an inward-looking approach to international affairs that has left the world's fifth-largest economy isolated, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Friday. Less than two weeks before a May 7 election, Miliband dragged Cameron's foreign policy record to the heart of a campaign which has so far seen almost no debate of international affairs beyond references to immigration. Citing Cameron's absence from Franco-German talks on Ukraine with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, the chaos in Libya and the Conservative promise of a vote on European Union membership, Miliband said the prime minister has torpedoed British clout. More »

  • Labour leader Miliband vows to end UK 'isolationism'
    Labour leader Miliband vows to end UK 'isolationism' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    British opposition leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron's government of "small-minded isolationism" in an election campaign speech Friday, but sparked a row after suggesting the prime minister was partly responsible for the Mediterranean migrant crisis. More »

  • Election 2015: David Cameron launches first ever English manifesto
    Election 2015: David Cameron launches first ever English manifesto Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    David Cameron has launched the first ever English manifesto stating it will bring success to every area of England. The prime minister outlined the benefits of having "one document in black and white" clarifying to English voters "what they can expect in the future", after saying it was "vital" English MPs voted for English laws, which would strengthen the UK rather than fragment it. Speaking in Lincoln, alongside William Hague, he listed future transport improvements the country could look forward to, including the upgrades to the M6 and M62 in the north-west and the continuation of the £14.8bn ($22.3bn) Crossrail project in the south before pledging greater investment in green energies in the north. They are tailor-made for each part of England. More »

  • Cameron courts English voters with tax plans
    Cameron courts English voters with tax plans Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron courted English voters on Friday ahead of a tight UK-wide election, promising to create a separate rate of income tax for England and to give English lawmakers greater powers. Attempting to tap into a sense of English resentment about the growing degree of devolution Scotland enjoys, Cameron pledged to enact reforms within a year of the May 7 election. England is by far the most populous part of the four-nation United Kingdom and southern England in particular has long been a stronghold for Cameron's centre-right party. Cameron, whose party had only one of 59 seats in Scotland before parliament was dissolved, is championing reforms to the way the British parliament makes laws to counterbalance extra lawmaking powers promised to Scotland last year to persuade voters there to reject independence. More »

  • Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign
    Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Just a dozen pupils and a few journalists were allowed to witness British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to a London school this week. More »

  • Russia should face more sanctions if it stokes Ukraine further - Labour's … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - The West should step up sanctions on Russia if the Kremlin shows further aggression in Ukraine, British opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Friday. Miliband, whose Labour Party is neck and neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of the May 7 election, said the European Union had been too slow to impose sanctions on Russia. (Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison) More »

  • Labour three points ahead of Conservatives ahead of election - Populus poll
    Labour three points ahead of Conservatives ahead of election - Populus poll Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The opposition Labour Party has extended its lead to three points over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of Britain's May 7 general election, according to a Populus poll on Friday. The poll put Labour on 35 percent, up one point, and the Conservatives unchanged on 32 percent. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) was down one at 14 percent and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 8 percent. Labour and the Conservatives have been running neck and neck in the polls ahead of what is expected to be the tightest election in a generation. More »

  • Miliband Employs Firm For Leadership Advice
    Miliband Employs Firm For Leadership Advice Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Ed Miliband has employed the services of a consultancy which aims to improve leadership skills, Sky News has learned. Enlightened Mind specialises in business psychology and neuroscience "in order to build leadership skills that deliver lasting organisational change". It comes as Mr Miliband today prepares to give a major speech on foreign policy. The Labour leader is expected to warn the UK is losing its world standing thanks to inward-looking Conservative policy, saying: "David Cameron has presided over the biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation. More »

  • Warships And Choppers For Migrant Rescues
    Warships And Choppers For Migrant Rescues Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    European Union leaders have agreed to triple funds for operations in the Mediterranean aimed at saving the lives of people fleeing their home countries. As part of the deal, Britain will send the warship HMS Bulwark , three Merlin helicopters and two patrol boats to boost search-and-rescue missions. EU chiefs also want to push for a UN resolution that would allow them to destroy vessels used by traffickers before they attempt to smuggle migrants across the water. David Cameron said: "What's emerging is what we need which is a comprehensive plan, going after the criminal gangs, going after the traffickers, going after the owners of the boats. More »

  • David Cameron to set out Conservative proposals for 'English Votes for English …
    David Cameron to set out Conservative proposals for 'English Votes for English … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    He will also pledge an "English rate of income tax" - once more powers are devolved to Scotland. Following the Scottish independence referendum last year and the decision to grant the Scots more tax raising powers, the Conservatives said they would give MPs for English seats a veto on issues which affect only England. In a speech, he will set out a timetable for the Conservative plans, saying the Scottish income tax proposals have "clear implications". He will say that unless the current rules are changed: "English MPs will be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh while Scottish MPs are able to vote on the tax you pay in Birmingham or Canterbury or Leeds. More »