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  • PM's get well message to Robinson
    PM's get well message to Robinson 16 hours ago

    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 »

  • 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 Sat, Feb 28, 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Saturday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • 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 »

  • 'Jihadi John' from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londo …
    'Jihadi John' from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londo … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Michael Holden and Mark Hosenball LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services. 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. The 26-year-old militant used the videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits. Two U.S. government sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Reuters that investigators believed Jihadi John was Emwazi. More »

  • UK consumer confidence holds at high level in February
    UK consumer confidence holds at high level in February Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    British consumer confidence held steady at a high level this month as low inflation and rising wages made Britons more confident about their finances, according to a poll published on Friday. The report by research firm GfK will be pleasant reading for Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party hopes rising confidence about the economy will translate into votes in a May 7 national election. GfK's consumer confidence index held at +1 in February, matching January's reading that was the highest since last August. Cameron's Conservative Party remains tied in opinion polls with the opposition Labour Party, raising questions about whether the recovery in the economy can yet help Cameron in his bid to retain power. More »

  • New devolved powers to be unveiled
    New devolved powers to be unveiled Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    New powers will be devolved to Wales under "landmark" plans being announced by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. More »

  • Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches
    Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn RAMSGATE, England (Reuters) - Thanet, a spur of southern England jutting into the North Sea, has been run by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party for 117 of the last 130 years. This year however, upstart right-wing challenger UKIP thinks it can grab it on May 7. The mainly coastal region is rich in history: troops sailed from its shores to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo and fighter pilots roared out from its chalky cliffs to repel the Nazis during the Second World War. The loss of local jobs, angst about immigrants and dented national pride has resulted in a huge swing towards the UK Independence Party, as UKIP is fully known, threatening the traditional balance of Britain's political power and Cameron's party in particular. More »

  • PM Misses Target As Net Migration Rises
    PM Misses Target As Net Migration Rises Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    David Cameron is "disappointed" after missing his net migration target by nearly 200,000, leaving his pledge to reduce it to the "tens of thousands" in tatters. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary Theresa May had set the target of reducing net migration - the difference between people coming to the UK and those leaving - to below 100,000 by this May. But the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in the year to September 2014 alone net migration has risen by nearly as much as 100,000 - from 210,000 to 298,000. It means net migration is now higher than when the coalition came to power in 2010 when it was 244,000. More »

  • UK immigration: David Cameron's self-defeating policy could lose Tories …
    UK immigration: David Cameron's self-defeating policy could lose Tories … Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Immigration is one of the biggest issues in modern British politics and the debate will intensify in the build-up to what will be a close contest at the 2015 general election. Heat has just been added by the latest set of net migration figures from the Office for National Statistics. In the year ending September 2014, 298,000 more people had immigrated to the UK than emigrated from it. This is very bad news for Cameron because he had pledged to get this figure down to the tens of thousands during his time in office. More »

  • Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to Cameron
    Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to Cameron Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people moving to Britain surged last year, an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservatives had pledged to cut net annual migration to the tens of thousands, close to a national election. Official data published on Thursday 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. With polls showing the Conservatives neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour party ahead of the May 7 vote and immigration one of voters' top concerns, the rise is awkward for Cameron. His party is also under pressure from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which favours strong curbs on immigration. More »

  • PM: My Wife Chooses My Clothes For Me
    PM: My Wife Chooses My Clothes For Me Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    David Cameron has admitted that while he can run the country, he cannot apparently choose his own clothes. Instead his wife, Samantha, passes her picks to him under the changing-room door "like feeding time at the zoo". In an interview with Woman and Home, the Prime Minister said he tended to prefer plain clothes - he is often pictured on holidays in a blue poloshirt - and was an M&S and Gap man. Mr Cameron said: "I'm very lucky because Samantha is amazing, she truly is the empress of multitasking, and amazing at doing it all, from overseeing the children's homework, having a business life of her own, doing a lot of charity work, and supporting me as Prime Minister. More »

  • I'm optimistic and fun - Cameron
    I'm optimistic and fun - Cameron Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    David Cameron has described himself as "optimistic and fun" as he made a pitch to win over women voters. More »

  • MPs Vote Against Labour's Second-Job Ban Bid
    MPs Vote Against Labour's Second-Job Ban Bid Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A Labour move to ban MPs from holding paid directorships or consultancies has been defeated in the Commons after a day dominated by a furious row over second jobs. Voting was 287 to 219, a majority of 68, after an ill-tempered debate which followed an angry clash on the issue between David Cameron and Ed Miliband at Prime Minister's questions. During PMQs, the Labour leader appeared to surprise Mr Cameron by pledging that Labour would extend its proposed ban to include MPs serving as paid trade union officials. And as the debate got under way later, Labour attempted to persuade the Government to accept an amendment including the union ban, a move rejected by Commons Leader William Hague. More »

  • PM backing for second jobs for MPs
    PM backing for second jobs for MPs Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    David Cameron has defended the right of MPs to do second jobs - insisting that extra work can be fitted in alongside constituency duties. More »

  • Cameron still waiting for electoral gold from recovering economy
    Cameron still waiting for electoral gold from recovering economy Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron could hardly have asked for a better run of economic numbers ahead of May's tight election. Yet he and his Conservative Party are nervously waiting to see if they can count on the turnaround in the economy to deliver electoral gold. Chancellor George Osborne has even been showered with praise by Angel Gurria, head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, who told him on Tuesday: "My main message to you is: well done so far ... but finish the job." But while some recent opinion polls have shown the Conservatives edging ahead of the centre-left Labour opposition party, most still suggest that the election will be too close to call. British economic growth last year was the strongest among the world's rich nations. More »

  • Britain cites option of cutting Russia from SWIFT banking
    Britain cites option of cutting Russia from SWIFT banking Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Excluding Russia from the SWIFT banking system should be an option in lieu of sanctions if a truce in Ukraine is not respected, British Prime Minister David Cameron said. More »

  • Wednesday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • British Infantry In Ukraine Training Mission
    British Infantry In Ukraine Training Mission Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    British infantry will take part in a training mission in Ukraine, David Cameron has announced. The military personnel will help train the Ukrainian army and supply tactical intelligence, the Prime Minister told MPs on the Liaison Committee. Mr Cameron told MPs Britain would be "the strongest pole in the tent" making the case for harsher sanctions against Russia if pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine fail to observe the ceasefire. Mr Cameron told MPs he did not rule out arming Ukraine at some point in the future, but said supplying non-lethal support was the current approach. More »

  • Britain to help train Ukrainian army to counter Russian threat
    Britain to help train Ukrainian army to counter Russian threat Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army, warning Moscow would move to destabilise other countries unless it was challenged. "Over the course of the next month we're going to be deploying British service personnel to provide advice and a range of training, to tactical intelligence to logistics, to medical care," Cameron told a committee of lawmakers. "We'll also be developing an infantry training programme with Ukraine to improve the durability of their forces," he added, stressing British personnel would be a long way from any front line and not be involved in combat operations. Cameron made the announcement after pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine brought reporters to witness the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line under a ceasefire deal. More »

  • UK troops to be sent to Ukraine
    UK troops to be sent to Ukraine Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Up to 75 British military personnel will deploy to Ukraine next month to provide advice and training to government forces, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. More »

  • Britain to send military trainers to Ukraine: PM
    Britain to send military trainers to Ukraine: PM Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Britain will send troops to Ukraine next month to train government forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday, while ruling out sending lethal equipment. More »

  • British support for staying in EU hits highest since 2010 - poll
    British support for staying in EU hits highest since 2010 - poll Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Support for Britain remaining in the European Union has hit its highest in more than four years, according to a poll published on Tuesday, which coincided with a fall in support for the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party. Pollsters YouGov said 45 percent of people surveyed said they would vote to stay in the EU, compared to 35 percent who would opt to leave. The 10-point lead for the "in" camp was also the largest YouGov has recorded since it began asking the question in September 2010, the pollster said. Under pressure from Eurosceptic members of his Conservative Party and the rising popularity of UKIP, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before holding a referendum by 2017 if re-elected on May 7. More »

  • UK economy gets thumbs-up from OECD before elections
    UK economy gets thumbs-up from OECD before elections Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The OECD group of leading economies on Tuesday approved Britain's running of the economy but warned about growing inequality, in a boost for Prime Minister David Cameron as elections loom. More »

  • Greens leader apologises after faltering interview eclipses campaign launch
    Greens leader apologises after faltering interview eclipses campaign launch Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The leader of Britain's Green party has apologised after her party's election campaign launch on Tuesday was overshadowed by what she described as "a very bad" interview in which she struggled to explain her party's housing policy. The resurgent Greens are winning supporters from the opposition Labour party ahead of a close election on May 7 and although they may not capture any new seats in parliament - they have just one at present - a split in the left-of-centre vote could hand victory to Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. More »

  • Cash-for-access row fells top Cameron party MP
    Cash-for-access row fells top Cameron party MP Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - One of British Prime Minister David Cameron's most senior lawmakers said on Tuesday he would quit parliament and resign as head of a powerful security committee after becoming embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal. The decision by Malcolm Rifkind, a former foreign minister, is embarrassing for Cameron's Conservatives less than three months before a neck-and-neck national election, but they hope its decisiveness and speed will draw a line under the affair. Rifkind, whose committee oversees the work of Britain's intelligence services, was secretly filmed offering his services for cash to a fake Chinese company, boasting he had "useful" access to foreign ambassadors. Jack Straw, a senior lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, was caught in the same media sting, which revived memories of a similar 2010 episode when former ministers were recorded saying they could influence government policy for cash. More »