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PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates

PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates

David Cameron has been accused of trying to "bully" broadcasters into dropping plans for a head…

The PM has issued a "final offer" to broadcasters over televised leaders debates.

PM issues 'final offer' on debates

David Cameron has agreed to take part in just one televised leaders' debate ahead of the genera…

  • Mexico ready for investment, president tells London
    Mexico ready for investment, president tells London 6 hours ago

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) in central London on March 4, 2015 More »

  • PM in single debate 'final offer'
    PM in single debate 'final offer' 7 hours ago

    David Cameron has agreed to take part in just one televised leaders' debate ahead of the general election in a "final offer" to broadcasters. More »

  • Miliband Throws Down Gauntlet On TV Debates
    Miliband Throws Down Gauntlet On TV Debates 9 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has thrown down the gauntlet on a head-to-head TV debate, saying he will take on David Cameron any time, anywhere. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Miliband said: "David Cameron said today that he would do the live TV debate with me as long as it happened earlier than currently planned. Asked if he was committed to taking part in two other political debates involving rival parties, Mr Miliband replied: "I want these debates to happen. Frankly, David Cameron first of all made the excuses about the Greens. More »

  • Fridman's fund says still keen to find solution on UK North Sea assets 14 hours ago

    Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne investment fund said on Wednesday it was still keen to work with the British government to find a solution that would allow it to buy assets in the North Sea. A British government source said earlier on Wednesday Britain will not back down over its opposition to Fridman's purchase of North Sea gas licences having cemented its objections at a meeting attended by Prime Minister David Cameron. More »

  • UKIP pledges to end 'mass immigration' as election nears
    UKIP pledges to end 'mass immigration' as election nears 15 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party promised on Wednesday to stop "mass immigration" if it has any influence in the next government, saying it thought less than 50,000 net immigrants a year was about the right figure. Eyeing a possible breakthrough at a national election on May 7, UKIP hopes to tap into public frustration about rising immigration, now running at around 300,000 people net per year despite a promise by Prime Minister David Cameron to bring it down to the "tens of thousands." UKIP, with just two of 650 seats in the lower house of parliament but threatening Cameron's chances of being re-elected by splitting the right-wing vote, last year said it wanted to cut work-related migration down to a net 50,000 people a year. More »

  • PM taunts Labour over 'grubby' deal
    PM taunts Labour over 'grubby' deal 16 hours ago

    David Cameron has challenged Labour to rule out a "grubby" coalition deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) amid concerns about the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. More »

  • UK living standards lag 2010 levels as election nears - think tank
    UK living standards lag 2010 levels as election nears - think tank 19 hours ago

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - British living standards remain below those before the last national election in 2010, a leading think tank said on Wednesday, putting Prime Minister David Cameron's economic record back in the spotlight ahead of May 7's election. Living standards for people in the middle of the income distribution were 2 percent lower than before the last election, the non-partisan Institute for Fiscal Studies said. The opposition Labour Party is blaming the Conservative-led coalition government for a "living standards crisis." The IFS said it would be wrong to blame any one political party for the weaknesses in British productivity and wages since the financial crisis. More »

  • PM set for talks with Mexico leader
    PM set for talks with Mexico leader Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron is to raise concerns over human rights when he holds talks with the Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. More »

  • Cameron accused over energy tariffs
    Cameron accused over energy tariffs Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Three-quarters of households are paying up to £250 a year more than their energy company's cheapest tariff two years after David Cameron promised to force suppliers to put all customers on the best deal, Labour has said. More »

  • Rifkind to step down from Unilever board
    Rifkind to step down from Unilever board Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Malcolm Rifkind, the British politician embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal, will not stand for re-election to the board of Unilever, the company said on Tuesday. Rifkind was one of British Prime Minister David Cameron's most senior lawmakers. "We respect Sir Malcolm’s decision to step down as a member of the board and would like to thank him for his contribution to Unilever," a company spokeswoman said. In a statement, Unilever said Rifkind had played an active role in its Corporate Responsibility Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. More »

  • Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified 'national threat'
    Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified 'national threat' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said tackling child sexual abuse was a national priority on a par with organised crime on Tuesday, announcing measures to prevent systematic abuse. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse revelations, including a case in Rotherham, northern England, where some 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were abused by gangs of men. "I've just spent half an hour with some of the survivors of abuse in Rotherham and these are stories that are going to stay with me forever. They are absolutely horrific," Cameron said at a meeting of victim groups, police and child protection experts held in his official London residence. More »

  • Professionals who 'neglect' child abuse could face jail
    Professionals who 'neglect' child abuse could face jail Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron promised tough action Tuesday against teachers and social workers who fail to protect children in their care, as a new report identified hundreds more potential sex abuse victims. More »

  • Conservatives renew immigration pledge ahead of election - May
    Conservatives renew immigration pledge ahead of election - May Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Britain's governing Conservatives plan to renew a failed pledge to reduce net migration below 100,000 a year if they are re-elected in May, a senior minister said, despite current levels running at around triple that. Immigration is one of voters' top concerns ahead of what is expected to be a close-fought election and the Conservatives are under pressure from the rise in popularity of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who want strong curbs to immigration. The Conservatives, neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour party in many polls, have been embarrassed by a failure to meet Prime Minister David Cameron's 2010 pledge to reduce the net number of people coming to Britain "to the tens of thousands". Official data last week showed a net 298,000 people moved to Britain in the year to September 2014, a 40 percent rise from the previous 12 months and more than when the Conservative-led coalition government took power in 2010. More »

  • Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect
    Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Sexual abuse of children will be reclassified as a "national threat", with jail sentences for public sector workers who fail to protect youngsters, under Government plans. The crime of "wilful neglect" would be extended to cover children's social care and education, with unlimited fines for individuals and organisations shown to have failed in their duties. At a Downing Street summit later David Cameron will say: "Children were ignored, sometimes even blamed, and issues were swept under the carpet - often because of a warped and misguided sense of political correctness. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told Sky News the prison sentence threat would affect teachers and social workers. More »

  • PM: Walliams is Sam Cam's favourite
    PM: Walliams is Sam Cam's favourite Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    David Cameron joked that his wife's favourite David is one of the stars of Little Britain as he hosted a Downing Street reception to celebrate Wales's national day. More »

  • PM dismisses defence cut concerns
    PM dismisses defence cut concerns Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    David Cameron has dismissed concerns raised by the head of the US army about the impact of cuts on the capacity of British forces, insisting it remained a "very strong and capable partner" for the Americans. More »

  • PM vows to tackle terror threat
    PM vows to tackle terror threat Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    David Cameron has insisted he will do "whatever it takes" to protect the UK from terrorists as the Government faced further questions over how the extremist known as "Jihadi John" was able to travel to Syria. More »

  • Cameron seeks young vote with pledge of more cheap starter homes
    Cameron seeks young vote with pledge of more cheap starter homes Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Conservatives would double the planned number of cut-price new homes available to first-time buyers if re-elected, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a bid to woo voters ahead of a close national vote in May. Home ownership in Britain is at its lowest rate for nearly thirty years, according to data from mortgage lender Nationwide. Young people getting a job, working for years, saving away, but still unable to buy," Cameron said in a speech in south east England. Britain's election is expected to be very close, possibly ending in another coalition because of a weakening of main parties in favour of smaller one. The Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour party in many polls, but with the Greens, the UK Independence Party, the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats likely to stop a single-party majority. More »

  • PM pledges 200,000 starter homes
    PM pledges 200,000 starter homes Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    David Cameron has pledged to double to 200,000 the number of cut-price starter homes to be built under a Conservative scheme, as he set out his ambition to make home ownership "the privilege of the many, not the preserve of a few". More »

  • UK government coalition partner seeks extra billion pounds in bank tax
    UK government coalition partner seeks extra billion pounds in bank tax Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British banks would be charged an extra 1 billion pounds a year in corporate tax to help eliminate the budget deficit under plans announced on Monday by the government's junior coalition partner. The Liberal Democrats said they would push for the measure to be included in the Conservative-led government's final budget next month, but if it was not it then they would make it part of their campaign manifesto ahead of the May 7 national election. Both the Liberal Democrats and Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have promised to balance the current budget, which covers day-to-day spending but not investment spending, by 2017/18, But they disagree over how to do so. The Conservatives favour making the 30 billion pounds of fiscal consolidation they say is required to meet that target by reducing government spending and clamping down on tax avoidance. More »

  • Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun
    Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is ready to rule out a new coalition with the Conservatives over its plan to hold a European Union referendum, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday. Citing an unnamed source close to Clegg, the leader of junior coalition partner the Liberal Democrats, The Sun said he will not sign up to another deal after the May 7 general election if it includes a commitment to hold a referendum on EU membership. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to put Britain's continuing EU membership to a public vote by the end of 2017 if he wins the upcoming election. "This is pretty much a red line for Nick (Clegg)," an unnamed source close to the Deputy PM told The Sun. "There is no way he will sign up to the plans that will allow the Tories to set the terms of a renegotiation, carry it out and then hold a referendum that could see Britain leave the EU." This month Clegg warned that a British EU exit would force Scotland to break away from the rest of the UK. More »

  • US general voices defence cuts fear
    US general voices defence cuts fear Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The head of the US Army has expressed serious reservations about the impact of cuts on the capacity of British forces, heaping further pressure on David Cameron to commit to maintaining spending. More »

  • 'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned
    'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    David Cameron has condemned the killing of Russia's former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov as "despicable" and "callous". The Prime Minister added the Russian people had been deprived of a champion of their rights and that Mr Nemtsov was greatly admired in Britain, not least by Margaret Thatcher. "I am shocked and sickened by the callous murder of Boris Nemtsov as he walked in the heart Moscow last night," he said. Mr Nemtsov, who was a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, died after being shot four times by an unidentified attacker in a passing car during the early hours of Saturday. More »

  • PM's get well message to Robinson
    PM's get well message to Robinson Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a get well message to BBC political editor Nick Robinson after news that he is being treated for a tumour. More »

  • Cameron condemns Nemtsov murder
    Cameron condemns Nemtsov murder Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    David Cameron has condemned the "callous murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and said the crime "must be fully, rapidly and transparently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice". More »

  • Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'
    Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John' Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Britain's security services after Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" was unmasked as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi, a man previously monitored by spy agency MI5. More »

  • Starter homes 'with a 20% discount'
    Starter homes 'with a 20% discount' Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Young first-time buyers are being urged to sign up to a Government scheme aimed at providing starter homes at a 20% discount which David Cameron said could be a "game changer". More »

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  • Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain
    Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft. More »

  • Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'
    Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Michael Holden and Ahmed Aboulenein LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians. "When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said. Cameron refused to comment on the identification of "Jihadi John" as 26-year-old British militant Mohammed Emwazi, but said that people should get behind the security services, which he praised as impressive and dedicated to defending Britain. More »

  • UK government pledges more powers for Wales as devolution debate rumbles on
    UK government pledges more powers for Wales as devolution debate rumbles on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain set out plans on Friday to give Wales greater powers, including to issue bonds and control fracking licences, in a further step to dismantle its centralised system of government. With just over two months until a national election, the issue of devolution to the United Kingdom's constituent parts has risen to the fore after a last-ditch promise to hand more powers to Scotland helped swing a close referendum in September. "We are delivering on devolution in every part of the UK," Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday. Wales, like Scotland and Northern Ireland, elects representatives for its own regional body as well as for the Westminster parliament. More »

  • PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named
    PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    David Cameron says Britain will do "everything we can" to bring terrorists to justice after Londoner Mohammed Emwazi was identified as the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John". The Prime Minister also expressed his support for Britain's security services as questions were raised about whether appropriate actions were taken to stop Emwazi from travelling to Syria. Speaking at an event in Cardiff, Mr Cameron defended MI5 and praised the service for its "dedicated and courageous" work protecting Britain. The security agency has been criticised for its handling of Emwazi's case. More »

  • Ahead of election, Labour pledges university tuition fee cut
    Ahead of election, Labour pledges university tuition fee cut Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party on Friday promised to cut university tuition fees by a third as it sought to woo voters ahead of a close-fought election in just over two months time. British university bosses had warned Labour against reducing fees, which have almost tripled to 9,000 pounds a year under the Conservative-led coalition government, saying it would open up a 10 billion pound funding gap. "We are a country where it is now almost taken for granted that young people will find life harder than their parents, we are going to turn that round," said Labour leader Ed Miliband in a speech at Leeds University. Miliband, whose party are neck-and-neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in many polls ahead of the May 7 vote, said the cut would be paid for by reducing pension tax relief for the wealthy. More »

  • Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise
    Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband will today outline Labour's election promise to reduce tuition fees - rolling back some of the increase which was implemented by the coalition. Under the party's plans, the cap on undergraduate fees would be reduced from £9,000 to £6,000 per year. Mr Miliband first expressed aspirations of introducing this policy in 2011 - and the shadow cabinet minister responsible for realising it, Chuka Umunna, described the process as "long and tortuous". At an audience with students in Leeds, the Labour leader will say: "We all know that under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the fee cap for full-time undergraduates was trebled to £9,000 per year. More »

  • Osborne went too far with claims of EU bill victory, say MPs
    Osborne went too far with claims of EU bill victory, say MPs Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    British finance minister George Osborne went too far with claims of victory in a row with the European Union over an increase in Britain's funding of the bloc, a group of MPs said on Friday. Last November, Osborne announced he had halved a surprise 2.1 billion-euro bill from the EU resulting from changes in the way the size of Europe's economies is measured. The increase had prompted a furious response from Prime Minister David Cameron and his increasingly Eurosceptic Conservative Party, six months before a national election in Britain set for May 7. In a report that may embarrass Osborne ahead of the election, the cross-party Treasury Select Committee said the facts did not fit with his claim of halving the bill. More »