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  • UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row
    UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row 14 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright. Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a victory would trigger a "political earthquake", putting UKIP in a position to win its first seats in the British parliament in 2015 and piling pressure on the three main parties to sever Britain's ties with the European Union. UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, particularly from inside the 28-nation bloc. More »

  • PM and Osborne set out growth plan
    PM and Osborne set out growth plan 16 hours ago

    David Cameron and George Osborne have pitched themselves as the economic team to win the next election as they defended their record on tax and set out their vision for infrastructure-led growth. More »

  • Cameron and Osborne Break Tradition by Appearing in Public Together
    Cameron and Osborne Break Tradition by Appearing in Public Together 18 hours ago

    The fact that David Cameron and George Osborne appeared together on a public platform with no other ministers may appear entirely unremarkable, particularly as it was to announce projects previously published by the government. There have long been criticisms from within the Tory party in Westminster that it is run by the small elite group comprised of Cameron and Osborne with their coterie of advisers, all from the same sort of privileged background. But, as the economy has started to recover and the chancellor has started to be viewed as a huge positive for both government and party, not to mention a leadership figure, so there has been a desire for Cameron to be associated with the successes. There is always the danger with hugely successful chancellors that they start to look like the real power in Downing Street and there has already been the suggestion that Cameron is the front man for Osborne's government. More »

  • Cameron in talks with Van Rompuy
    Cameron in talks with Van Rompuy 22 hours ago

    David Cameron will discuss the Ukraine crisis and EU reform with Herman Van Rompuy at Chequers tonight. More »

  • Cameron accused of fuelling division with Christian talk
    Cameron accused of fuelling division with Christian talk Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a "Christian country". The public figures, including authors Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett, said they respected the Conservative leader's own religious beliefs, which he has addressed in a series of statements. But they took issue with his characterisation of Britain saying, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the country was actually a "plural society" of largely "non-religious" people. The 2011 census showed Christianity was the largest religion in England and Wales but the number of people who described themselves as Christian had fallen from almost 72 percent in 2001 to just over 59 percent, or 33.2 million people. More »

  • PM criticised for saying Britain is Christian country
    PM criticised for saying Britain is Christian country Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron was accused Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after his repeated assertions that Britain is still a "Christian country", proving how problematic it remains to mix faith and British politics. More »

  • UK is a plural society, PM told
    UK is a plural society, PM told Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned. More »

  • PM 'Divides' UK Over Christianity Comments
    PM 'Divides' UK Over Christianity Comments Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A group of leading public figures has warned that comments made by David Cameron about the UK being a Christian country could cause "alienation and division". More than 50 writers, scientists, broadcasters and academics have signed an open letter expressing concern at the "negative consequences" of the Prime Minister's assertion in a country where most people do not describe themselves as Christian. It follows the article last week for the Church Times by Mr Cameron in which he wrote of his own faith and his desire to infuse politics with Christian ideals and values. The open letter says Mr Cameron's comments do not reflect the country as it is today. More »

  • Monday's National Newspaper Front Pages
    Monday's National Newspaper Front Pages Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The Daily Telegraph reports an alliance of writers, scientists, philosophers and politicians has claimed David Cameron is sowing sectarianism and division by insisting Britain is still a "Christian country". Skin cancer cases have soared seven-fold in the past 40 years and the rise is blamed on the legacy of sunshine package holidays which became popular in the 1960s, says the Daily Mail. The Daily Express says survival rates for skin cancer are at their highest despite record numbers having the disease. More »

  • Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron
    Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday. Cameron appointed Tony Caplin, a former senior official in his ruling Conservative party, to head the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) last year. The PWLB is in charge of distributing infrastructure loans to local authorities across Britain and controls a loans portfolio of up to 60 billion pounds ($100.85 billion). More »

  • Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns
    Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a £60bn quango has resigned after it was revealed he was declared bankrupt. Tony Caplin was in charge of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) which provides loans to infrastructure projects. A Government spokesman said: "Tony Caplin was appointed to a number of public bodies by the Labour party. According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Caplin was a friend of the Chancellor, George Osborne, who is a former chairman of the same City firm where Mr Cameron's father was a partner. More »

  • UK row over Christian values and food poverty
    UK row over Christian values and food poverty Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    David Cameron talks of UK as 'Christian country' while under fire from church leaders over skyrocketing food poverty. More »

  • Bankrupt quango chief steps down
    Bankrupt quango chief steps down Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a multibillion-pound quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt. More »

  • Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll
    Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the party said on Friday. Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win Britons over to Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, focusing on the wealth gap and the "squeezed middle". Prime Minister David Cameron hopes an expected full-scale recovery in Britain will translate into poll success next year while Miliband argues that most Britons are still facing a cost of living crisis. "That is how we won in the U.S., Barack Obama articulated a vision which had, at its core, the experience of everyday people. More »

  • David Cameron Stung By Jellyfish In Lanzarote
    David Cameron Stung By Jellyfish In Lanzarote Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    David Cameron has reportedly been stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the sea at a Lanzarote holiday resort. Local ex-pat Wendy, 59, told the newspaper that one of her friends warned Mr Cameron the sea was full of jellyfish. More »

  • Move quickly on Ukraine - Cameron
    Move quickly on Ukraine - Cameron Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    David Cameron has insisted agreements aimed at calming tensions in Ukraine must be implemented rapidly, Downing Street said tonight. More »

  • UK and US working on tougher possible sanctions for Russia
    UK and US working on tougher possible sanctions for Russia Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday pledged an extra £1 million for a monitoring mission to Ukraine and agreed to work with US President Barack Obama on beefing up potential sanctions against Russia. More »

  • David Cameron Opens Faith Debate after Rift with Church Leaders
    David Cameron Opens Faith Debate after Rift with Church Leaders Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Tony Blair once declared he did not speak openly about his faith because people would think he was a "nutter",. His spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously insisted "we don't do God". David Cameron has not shown the same restraint. The Church of England was regularly referred to as the Conservative party at prayer while Margaret Thatcher even famously suggested the good Samaritan was a Thatcherite, saying he could only afford to be good because "he had money". More »

  • David Cameron Says Britain 'Should Do God'
    David Cameron Says Britain 'Should Do God' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Britain should be more confident about being a Christian country and use faith to "get out there and make a difference to people's lives", David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron said: "I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people's lives. More »

  • Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages
    Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the then interior minister in 2004. Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon's empire and Britain's political elite. Coulson has denied the charge, but admitted for the first time on Wednesday that one of his senior reporters had once played him excerpts of voicemail messages left by then Home Secretary David Blunkett on the mobile phone of a woman with whom he was having a relationship. "This was the first and only time voicemail messages were played to me," Coulson told the packed Old Bailey court where he was appearing in the witness box for the third day in a trial that has run for 5-1/2 months. More »

  • Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax
    Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK as a result, the company said on Wednesday. The shift by the world's largest coffee chain comes after its low tax contributions in Britain provoked widespread criticism, including Prime Minister David Cameron telling a meeting in Davos that companies that avoided paying tax needed to "wake up and smell the coffee". Starbucks was called to testify before a parliamentary hearing about its tax affairs after Reuters reported in 2012 that the company had told the UK tax authority its British arm was a loss-making business while informing investors that the subsidiary was profitable. The company revealed at the hearing that it had agreed a deal with Dutch tax authorities allowing it to pay "a very low tax rate" there. More »

  • Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'
    Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged ... More »

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking
    Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country's establishment. Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler's messages. The hacking of Dowler's phone forms a crucial part of the prosecution case against Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm. The revelation in July 2011 that Dowler's phone had been hacked while she was still missing sparked public outrage and a sequence of events leading to Murdoch closing the 168-year-old News of the World, the arrest of Coulson and Brooks, and Cameron ordering a public inquiry into press ethics. More »

  • Britain is World's Second Largest Donor to Foreign Aid
    Britain is World's Second Largest Donor to Foreign Aid Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Britain stumped up £10.6bn in 2013 on foreign aid which ranks the country in second place in the world for overseas development spending. Government figures show Britain hiked its foreign aid spending by 27.8% on the previous year. Only the US spends more on overseas development after it coughed up £18.9bn (€23bn, $32bn) in 2013. The latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development figures may pour scrutiny over Prime Minister David Cameron's office as the Foreign Office budget is due to halve by 2015-16. More »

  • Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning
    Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has admitted spending a weekend with David Cameron since resigning as his media advisor over alleged involvement with phone hacking. He resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after the conviction of former royal editor Clive Goodman for hacking. The father-of-three then joined Mr Cameron's media team until January 2011. Taking to the witness box for the first time, he said: "My family and I spent a weekend with him (Mr Cameron) in the spring after I left. More »

  • Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute
    Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the regular meetings during a trip to China by British Prime Minister David Cameron in December. Cameron's visit was aimed at spurring closer trade and business links between Britain and the world's second biggest economy and at drawing a line under a dispute involving Tibet's spiritual leader which had led to a diplomatic freeze. But Britain's Foreign Office said Beijing had pulled out of the first round of the talks, the resumption of which Cameron had hailed at the time as a significant achievement. More »

  • Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong
    Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert Murdoch tabloids was wrong. Both edited the now defunct News of the World newspaper at the heart of a phone-hacking scandal which erupted in 2011 and sent shockwaves through Britain's political establishment, not least because of Coulson's close links to Cameron. Prosecutors have told the jury at London's Old Bailey court that Brooks and Coulson shared details of stories obtained from phone-hacking when Coulson was editor of the News of the World and Brooks was editing its sister daily the Sun. However, on his first day in the witness box during the 5 1/2 month trial, Coulson echoed Brooks's evidence that their affair, which began in 1998 and ran until 2004, had been intermittent and had not interfered with their work. Asked if they had shared exclusive stories or sensitive information because of their relationship, he replied: "No that wouldn't happen." Coulson left the mass-selling News of the World in 2007, when its royal editor and a private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the paper, were convicted of hacking the phones of royal aides. More »

  • Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine
    Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    David Cameron has claimed the latest crisis in Ukraine "bears the hallmarks" of a Russian approach. Following a phone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he called on Moscow to unequivocally condemn the illegal occupation of government buildings. Moscow's denial of involvement "lacked a shred of credibility", he added. In London, the prime minister's spokesman said the Russian government "should be unequivocally condemning" the actions in Ukraine. More »

  • Osborne Looks to Election with Hint of Tax Cuts to Come
    Osborne Looks to Election with Hint of Tax Cuts to Come Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Tax-cutting Tories have been delighted by chancellor George Osborne's claim that his Budget decision to cut fuel duty will boost Britain's economic recovery. Backed by a report from the Treasury and HMRC, Osborne claims his decision to scrap the planned rise in the tax will boost GDP by up to 0.5% over 20 years, to a total of almost £7.5bn. His announcement is a major boost for those Tories demanding more tax cuts and has been seen by them for precisely what it is, a calculated political attempt to regain the party's traditional low tax image with suggestions there will be more to come. Both Osborne and prime minister David Cameron repeatedly insist they are natural tax cutters, but that the recession has imposed new disciplines on them. More »

  • UK and Germany to Russia: Condemn building occupations in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The two leaders spoke by phone on Monday to discuss escalating tensions and the threat of Ukrainian military action following the occupation of state buildings in the east of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. "He and Chancellor Merkel agreed about the importance of condemning the illegal occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine," Cameron's official spokesman told reporters. "They believe the Russian government should be unequivocally condemning that action too." Cameron is due to speak to French President Francois Hollande about Ukraine later on Monday, said the spokesman. More »

  • GP practices to stay open all week
    GP practices to stay open all week Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    GP surgeries across the country will start treating millions of patients outside of working hours including late nights and weekends, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. More »

  • Doctors' Surgeries Are Told To Open All Hours
    Doctors' Surgeries Are Told To Open All Hours Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Patients will be able to visit their GPs outside of work hours under plans announced by David Cameron to boost access to family doctors. More than 7.5 million people will have increased access to GP services as part of the £50m GP Access Fund, including late night and weekend appointments. "There has been a great response from doctors, with lots of innovative ideas, and we will now see over seven million patients given weekend and evening opening hours, alongside more access to their family doctor on the phone, via email or even Skype. Around 500,000 people were originally thought to benefit from the cash fund, but due to high levels of interest it has been rolled out to cover more GP services, a Department of Health spokesman said. More »

  • 8 unbelievably dull pictures of David Cameron on his holidays
    8 unbelievably dull pictures of David Cameron on his holidays Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Slow news day. No, really. More »

  • Camerons enjoy Lanzarote break
    Camerons enjoy Lanzarote break Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha joined the crowds soaking up the atmosphere on the holiday island of Lanzarote as their Easter break got under way. More »

  • Cameron Heads To Lanzarote Holiday On Ryanair
    Cameron Heads To Lanzarote Holiday On Ryanair Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    With schools having broken up and Parliament in recess ahead of Easter, David Cameron has jetted off on holiday to Lanzarote. The Prime Minister flew to the island with his wife Samantha yesterday on budget airline Ryanair, where he will spend six nights at a refurbished resort hotel. The break in the Spanish island will provide welcome relief after a difficult week that saw the resignation of Culture Secretary Maria Miller over her expenses. David Cameron, who tends to take at least one sunny European holiday a year, has in the past used Easyjet as well as Ryanair. More »