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  • David Cameron 'lacked balls' over Syria action says former defence  …
    David Cameron 'lacked balls' over Syria action says former defence  … 20 hours ago

    David Cameron lacked the "balls" to take the military action in Syria that could have prevented the rise of self-styled Islamic State, a former head of the armed forces has complained. More »

  • Cameron 'Lacked Balls' Over Syria - Ex-Army Boss
    Cameron 'Lacked Balls' Over Syria - Ex-Army Boss 21 hours ago

    David Cameron lacked the "balls" to take military action in Syria that could have prevented the rise of Islamic State, a former head of the Armed Forces has said. In a scathing attack on the Prime Minister's approach, General Sir David Richards accused Mr Cameron of pursuing a "Notting Hill liberal agenda" rather than showing serious "statecraft". Lord Richards, who was chief of the defence staff from October 2010 to July 2013, made the criticisms in an interview for a biography of Mr Cameron by Sir Anthony Seldon, being serialised in the Mail on Sunday. More »

  • Deborah Doane: House of Lords – it's not the size that matters.
    Deborah Doane: House of Lords – it's not the size that matters. Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Lords is expected to push a whopping 820-strong by today, a size that will make it burst at the seams after David Cameron's attempt to stack the house with his mates. One wise Lord once told me, over tea and scones in the dining room of this grand upper house, that I needed to learn to be more patient and slightly less bull-headed if I was going to achieve anything at all. If we want a more effective upper chamber, we need to radically overhaul not only how they're appointed, but their remit too. More »

  • Ex-Army chief urges Britons to back UK protection for Afghan interpreters
    Ex-Army chief urges Britons to back UK protection for Afghan interpreters Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    More people should support a petition calling on David Cameron to give all Afghan interpreters who served alongside UK forces protection, the former head of the Army has said. More »

  • Record high net migration deals blow to PM's aims to reduce arrivals
    Record high net migration deals blow to PM's aims to reduce arrivals Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    David Cameron's aim of cutting net migration to below 100,000 has been dealt a devastating blow as official data confirmed the number has jumped again, reaching a record high. More »

  • David Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers amid 'cronies' claims
    David Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers amid 'cronies' claims Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    David Cameron has been accused of packing the House of Lords with cronies after unveiling 26 new Tory peers and showering his aides with other honours. More »

  • Consumer confidence bounces back to 15-year high in August - GfK
    Consumer confidence bounces back to 15-year high in August - GfK Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Market research company GfK said its monthly sentiment index jumped to +7 in August from +4 in July, matching June's figure, which was the highest since January 2000. With inflation at zero, a gradual recovery in pay is giving some relief to workers who suffered an almost unprecedented loss of spending power during Prime Minister David Cameron's first term. "Rising house price inflation and improving employment growth prospects, combined with falling petrol prices and day-to-day living costs, as well as low interest rates, are translating into high levels of confidence across all major measures," Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK said. More »

  • Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber
    Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron appointed 26 supporters on Thursday to Britain's unelected upper chamber of parliament, reigniting criticism of an institution long branded as undemocratic and elitist and now reeling from a sex-and-drugs scandal. In Britain a prime minister has the right to regularly replenish the ranks of the House of Lords with political appointees. Thursday's appointments are designed to help Cameron's Conservatives -- who have a majority in the elected 650-seat lower chamber, the House of Commons, but not in the Lords -- to pass laws without them being blocked, changed or watered down. More »

  • UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron
    UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island nation off northwest Europe, Britain is far from the frontline of the EU-wide crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees pour into the bloc this year via countries like Italy, Greece and Hungary. The bigger problem for Cameron is his inability to limit immigration by European Union passport-holders, as freedom of movement is enshrined in the EU's founding treaties. More »

  • Finland says without Britain there is no EU
    Finland says without Britain there is no EU Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    By Jussi Rosendahl and Simon Johnson HELSINKI/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Without Britain, there is no European Union, Finland's finance minister said on Monday in a boost for his British counterpart George Osborne as he toured Scandinavia to drum up support for London's push to reform the 28-nation bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative government, re-elected for a five-year term in May, aims to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership and then put the settlement to a national in-out referendum by the end of 2017. More »

  • Osborne takes campaign for EU reform to Scandinavia
    Osborne takes campaign for EU reform to Scandinavia Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne will take the government's campaign for reform of the European Union to Scandinavia on Monday, hoping to drum up support from fellow non-euro EU countries such as Sweden and Denmark. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative government, re-elected for a five-year term in May, aims to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the 28-nation EU and then to put the settlement to a national referendum by the end of 2017. During his trip, Osborne will focus on protecting the integrity of the EU's single market and the rights of non-euro nations as the 19 countries that use the common currency press on with closer economic integration, the British Treasury said in a statement. More »

  • British hostage freed by UAE forces in Yemen 'safe and well'
    British hostage freed by UAE forces in Yemen 'safe and well' Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    A British national held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well" after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said. More »

  • Emirati forces in Yemen's Aden free British hostage - WAM Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates forces based in Yemen's port city of Aden have freed a British hostage who had been held by al Qaeda, state news agency WAM said on Sunday. The hostage, who went missing in Feb. 2014, was taken to Abu Dhabi on a military plane on Saturday night, the agency said. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron to tell him about the release on Saturday, WAM added. (Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Heavens) More »

  • British PM Cameron hails group who overpowered train gunman
    British PM Cameron hails group who overpowered train gunman Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron praised the "extraordinary courage" of passengers including a Briton who overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov on a train between Amsterdam and Paris. More »

  • Contest to lead Labour may have been infiltrated by rivals, Burnham says
    Contest to lead Labour may have been infiltrated by rivals, Burnham says Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - The contest to decide the new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party may have been infiltrated by several thousand supporters of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, one of the candidates vying for control of the party said on Friday. In a letter to Labour's general secretary, candidate Andy Burnham said he was worried that the contest's outcome could be subject to legal challenge if it had been infiltrated. The choice of a new Labour leader after a bruising election defeat in May has become an ideological battle between hard-left Jeremy Corbyn and three other more-centrist candidates - Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. More »

  • PM Urges Business To Back Apprenticeship Levy
    PM Urges Business To Back Apprenticeship Levy Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    David Cameron has reiterated the Government's commitment to the planned apprenticeship levy despite concerns from business leaders. The Prime Minister has launched a consultation on the levy, which will make larger employers contribute funding to apprenticeship training from 2017. He wants the levy to help create three million apprenticeships across the country. More »

  • Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn promises to apologise for Iraq war if …
    Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn promises to apologise for Iraq war if … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Labour leadership frontfrunner Jeremy Corbyn has promised to issue a public apology not only to the people of Britain but also to Iraqis for Britain's role in the Iraq war, if he is elected the party's new leader next month. In a statement to the Guardian, Corbyn said that he will apologise to the Bristish people for the "deception" in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to the Iraqi people for their suffering the war has caused. Should Corbyn win the Labour leadership, it would mean that the opposition party will not support Prime Minister David Cameron's push for a vote in the House of Commons to expand current UK air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq to include Syria. More »

  • David Cameron urges bosses to back apprenticeships plan
    David Cameron urges bosses to back apprenticeships plan Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    David Cameron has restated the importance of apprenticeships to his vision of a "One Nation" Government. More »

  • Chilcot Inquiry delays 'a disgrace for families of soldiers killed in I …
    Chilcot Inquiry delays 'a disgrace for families of soldiers killed in I … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    David Cameron should "pull the plug" on the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War and give Parliament a vote to force a timetable for the long-delayed report's publication, Tony Blair's former attorney general has said. More »

  • British Opposition Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn Fights Off Accusations of Anti-Semitic …
    British Opposition Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn Fights Off Accusations of Anti-Semitic … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The frontrunner for the leadership of Britain's opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, has fiercely denied accusations of links to anti-Semites, terrorists and Holocaust deniers in a Q&A with the world's oldest Jewish newspaper. Two opinion polls, including one for respected polling organisation YouGov, have placed Corbyn, 66, far ahead of his three rivals in the September contest for the party leadership. If Corbyn wins the ballot he would be in position to face-off against Prime Minister David Cameron in the 2020 British general election. More »

  • Polish Migrants Highlight Contribution To UK
    Polish Migrants Highlight Contribution To UK Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Polish people living in Britain are taking a day of action to underline their contribution to the UK - from going on strike to giving blood. While hundreds are expected to stage an unofficial walkout from workplaces around the country and take part in protests at Westminster, others are taking part in the #polishblood donor campaign in a show of solidarity with their host country. Immigration continues to be a thorny issue in the UK as David Cameron seeks to broker a new deal with Brussels ahead of an in/out referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017. More »

  • David Cameron welcomes Lord Coe's election as world athletics chief
    David Cameron welcomes Lord Coe's election as world athletics chief Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    David Cameron has welcomed the election of Lord Coe as the next president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. More »

  • Labour leadership election: Yvette Cooper unveils childcare and sex education …
    Labour leadership election: Yvette Cooper unveils childcare and sex education … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Yvette Cooper is expected to blast David Cameron as she unveils her childcare and sex education policies. The Labour leadership hopeful will claim the prime minister "won't use the f-word", but Cooper will declare that she is a "proud feminist". The former work and pensions secretary will also promise to introduce universal childcare for two to four year-olds as well as compulsory sex and relationship education in schools, according to the Press Association. More »

  • Britain offers new shale gas sites for first time in seven years Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain offered shale gas exploration licences for the first time in seven years on Tuesday, awarding new sites to companies including IGas and France's GDF Suez . Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to go "all out for shale", hoping it will help reduce dependence on energy imports and generate additional tax revenue, despite opposition from environmental campaigners. Many other European countries, including France and Germany, have banned the use of shale gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, due to environmental concerns. More »

  • Ultimo: Founder Michelle Mone leaves firm for role in George Osborne Northern …
    Ultimo: Founder Michelle Mone leaves firm for role in George Osborne Northern … Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Lingerie brand Ultimo announced on Tuesday (18 August) that its founder Michelle Mone has resigned from the boards of Ultimo Brands and MJM. Mone, who founded MJM in 1996 with her then husband, is leaving the bra firm to join Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron in plans to create a so-called "Northern Powerhouse" in the UK. The Scot was announced as an adviser on new start-up companies, helping out entrepreneurs and advising Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Business Secretary Sajid Javid. More »

  • Corbyn sets up clash with Cameron over Europe
    Corbyn sets up clash with Cameron over Europe Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    By William James EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The man expected to win control of Britain's opposition Labour Party has charted a potential collision course with Prime Minister David Cameron over Europe, demanding socialist reforms before pledging the party's support at an in/out referendum. Labour supporters are voting in a month-long contest to select a leader whose first major test will be to steer the 115-year-old party through a referendum on Britain's EU membership by the end of 2017 ahead of a national election in 2020. Jeremy Corbyn, a 66-year-old admirer of Karl Marx who opinion polls show is most likely to win the Labour leadership, has said he is not content with the current state of the EU but that he does not want to walk away from the 28-member union. More »

  • Kezia Dugdale: Labour squabbles letting David Cameron off the hook
    Kezia Dugdale: Labour squabbles letting David Cameron off the hook Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    The long and increasingly petty campaign to replace Ed Miliband as UK Labour leader is letting David Cameron off the hook, according to new Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. More »

  • PM Marks First 100 Days With Academies Pledge
    PM Marks First 100 Days With Academies Pledge Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    David Cameron has marked the 100-day anniversary of the first majority Conservative government since 1997 with a promise that all schools will be given the opportunity to convert to academy status. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Cameron said his Government would deliver "real social mobility" and promised to "not waste a second in getting on with the job". Thousands have done so since Mr Cameron took office in 2010. More »

  • Prime Minister Cameron suffers swimmer's ear on holiday
    Prime Minister Cameron suffers swimmer's ear on holiday Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    David Cameron had to seek medical treatment for a case of swimmer's ear summer holiday in Portugal. Otitis – also known as "swimmer's ear" – a painful condition that causes inflammation, redness and swelling of the external ear canal, according to the NHS. It's called "swimmer's ear" because it is often the result of repeated exposure to water, which makes the ear canal more vulnerable to inflammation. More »

  • UK prime minister: Britain 'generous' in granting asylum Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his policy of restricting immigration, arguing that illegal migrants are trying to "break into" the country. More »

  • UK leader backs royals in paparazzi spat over Prince George Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his support for the royal family in trying to persuade foreign publications not to buy paparazzi images of toddler Prince George, arguing they have a right to raise their children free of such harassment. More »

  • William and Kate deserve privacy for George and Charlotte, says David Camer …
    William and Kate deserve privacy for George and Charlotte, says David Camer … Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge deserve "some privacy and some space" to bring up their children, David Cameron has said, after Kensington Palace accused paparazzi photographers of harassing Prince George. More »

  • Iraq Inquiry: David Cameron tells Sir John Chilcot to 'get on with it&# …
    Iraq Inquiry: David Cameron tells Sir John Chilcot to 'get on with it&# … Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    David Cameron has told Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot to "get on with it" and said delays to the long-awaited report into the war were "immensely frustrating". More »

  • David Cameron reiterates pledge for no third term as Prime Minister
    David Cameron reiterates pledge for no third term as Prime Minister Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    David Cameron has insisted he will keep his promise not to seek a third term as Prime Minister as he marked 100 days of the first majority Conservative Government since 1997. More »

  • David Cameron reiterates schools vision to mark 100-day anniversary
    David Cameron reiterates schools vision to mark 100-day anniversary Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    David Cameron will mark the 100-day anniversary of the first majority Conservative Government since 1997 with a vow all schools will be given the chance to convert to academy status. More »