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PM Heads To Palace As Election Battle Begins

PM Heads To Palace As Election Battle Begins

David Cameron will make a short trip from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace today to ask the …

Campaign begins for most unpredictable election in decades

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister David Cameron is paying a farewell visit to Queen Elizab…

  • UK's Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign
    UK's Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    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 »

  • Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign
    Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    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 (2 trillion pounds) 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 »

  • Labour warns of 'chaos' over Europe if PM Cameron wins election
    Labour warns of 'chaos' over Europe if PM Cameron wins election 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    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 the Queen dissolves parliament at Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy. Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck and neck with Labour in most polls, has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU ties ahead of a referendum by the end of 2017 if he wins on May 7. In a full-page advert in the Financial Times newspaper on Monday featuring quotes from business leaders, Labour warns the threat of a British exit from the EU is "The biggest risk to British business". 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 … 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    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 7 hours ago

    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 8 hours ago

    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 9 hours ago

    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 »

  • Election battle formally begins
    Election battle formally begins 10 hours ago

    One of the most closely-contested general elections for decades formally gets under way today, with David Cameron accusing Labour of planning a £3,000 tax hike for every working family. More »

  • Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally
    Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally 15 hours ago

    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 16 hours ago

    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 17 hours ago

    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 20 hours ago

    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 21 hours ago

    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 21 hours ago

    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' 23 hours ago

    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 »

  • UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election
    UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain's election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative party with a personal attack on his main rival. More »

  • Britain's tax havens told to deliver timetable on central register Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Britain's government has told two of its offshore financial tax havens to set out timetables for implementing a central register of companies revealing corporate ownership, in a bid to help combat tax evasion. Prime Minister David Cameron proposed plans for a public register of company ownership in 2013, during a G8 summit in Northern Ireland, which was met with opposition by the overseas territories who said it would damage the UK's interests. A Treasury spokeswoman confirmed that letters had been sent to the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands on Friday, asking the overseas territories to meet their commitments to a central register and set out timetables. More »

  • Miliband's NHS Pledge At Campaign Launch
    Miliband's NHS Pledge At Campaign Launch Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party's General Election campaign with a promise to safeguard the future of the NHS. The event in east London came after Mr Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions in the Battle For Number 10 , the first showdown of the campaign. Launching the party's push for power in the "tightest general election in a generation", Mr Miliband said: "The Tories say this is as good as it gets. Referencing the special programme broadcast on Sky News and Channel 4, the Labour leader claimed the PM's performance showed he was "rattled", "running from his record" and "living in a different world". More »

  • Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020
    Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020 Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, heading into what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, is expected to lay out plans to extend services available under the National Health Service to seven days a week by 2020. Cameron, who will speak at his Conservative party's conference in Manchester on Saturday, is expected to say more hospitals must provide top-level care at the weekend, starting with emergency care. The announcement follows opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech on Friday, when he put the future of the treasured but expensive state-funded health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Cameron.  Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said the NHS plan to extend weekend services would help cut to help cut mortality rates. Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said Cameron needed to set out clearly how the NHS would be funded. More »

  • Britain offers Saudis support over Yemen strikes
    Britain offers Saudis support over Yemen strikes Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday offered Britain's "firm political support" to Saudi Arabia over its air strikes on rebel camps in Yemen. More »

  • Clarkson Row Producer Will Not Press Charges
    Clarkson Row Producer Will Not Press Charges Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told police he does not want to press charges. Mr Tymon had to drive himself to hospital when he was left with swelling and a split lip after the Top Gear presenter launched an "unprovoked" attack on him at a hotel in North Yorkshire on 4 March. Clarkson's Top Gear contract has not been renewed by the BBC after an internal investigation found he had " crossed a line ". The outspoken presenter received widespread public support - including from his friend, Prime Minister David Cameron - while one million people signed a petition calling for the BBC to reinstate him. More »

  • Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare
    Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday with a plan to protect the treasured but expensive National Health Service and a swipe at private businesses that profit from the state-funded system. Polls put Labour tied with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of the May 7 vote. It is set to be the tightest election in decades and the outcome could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence. "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation." Miliband's appearance followed a televised election contest on Thursday that Cameron was judged to have won, although not by a big margin, a poll showed. More »

  • Britain's Labour launches election campaign after TV clash
    Britain's Labour launches election campaign after TV clash Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Opposition leader Ed Miliband launched his campaign Friday to defeat Prime Minister David Cameron in upcoming general elections after primetime television interviews in which neither man landed a knockout blow. More »

  • Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign
    Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday, putting the future of the treasured but expensive health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.  Polls put Miliband neck and neck with Cameron ahead of what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, the outcome of which could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence.  A day after a poll showed he was bested by Cameron in a live TV contest, Miliband, flanked by senior party members, kicked off his campaign for the May 7 vote with a tub-thumping speech painting his party as the trusted guardian of the National Health Service (NHS). "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation," he said, drawing cheers from the gathered audience of activists. More »

  • Labour renews debate challenge
    Labour renews debate challenge Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Labour has renewed its challenge to David Cameron to face Ed Miliband in a head-to-head TV debate, after polls suggested that neither leader managed to secure a decisive lead in their first televised clash of the general election campaign. More »

  • Poll: Cameron Wins Leaders' TV Clash
    Poll: Cameron Wins Leaders' TV Clash Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Prime Minister had the edge on Ed Miliband in the leaders' showdown, according to the first opinion poll results. An ICM opinion poll for The Guardian newspaper found that 54% of those questioned thought David Cameron won the Sky News / Channel 4 Battle for Number 10. But the opposition leader was not far behind, with 46% of those asked thinking he came out on top. And they were also grilled by Jeremy Paxman in separate 18-minute interviews. More »

  • Cameron, Miliband open election campaign with TV grilling
    Cameron, Miliband open election campaign with TV grilling Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron and his main election rival Ed Miliband faced a prime time television grilling, kicking off a tight race for the May 7 election. More »

  • 'Tough Enough' Miliband Battles With Cameron
    'Tough Enough' Miliband Battles With Cameron Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have attempted to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the country into 2020 in the first major showdown of the election campaign. The two men faced tough questioning from Kay Burley and Jeremy Paxman during the 90-minute Sky News Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme. Mr Miliband attempted to show his credentials by telling Paxman: "Hell yes, I'm tough enough" to run the country. He said he had stood up to the "leader of the free world", US President Barack Obama, over military action in Syria. More »