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  • Labour Accuses PM Over Migrant Boat Deaths
    Labour Accuses PM Over Migrant Boat Deaths 9 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has suggested David Cameron is partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of refugees fleeing North Africa. But the Labour leader's comments drew a swift rebuke, with the Tories accusing him of a "provocative and shameful intervention", while the Prime Minister dismissed them as "ill-judged". Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has also said it was "distasteful" to reduce the human tragedy in the Mediterranean "to a political point-scoring blame game". In a foreign policy speech, Mr Miliband indicated the deaths of hundreds fleeing North Africa are "in part a direct result" of the coalition Government's 2011 military intervention against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite
    HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite 9 hours ago

    By Steve Slater and Sinead Cruise LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC , Europe's biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC , founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as "The Bank", and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron and his main challenger, Labour party leader Ed Miliband. HSBC has been one of the most vocal critics of the regulations and additional taxes imposed on British banks in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and Chairman Douglas Flint singled out the threat of Britain withdrawing from the European Union in a speech to investors on Friday. More »

  • Tory English Votes Plan To Include Income Tax
    Tory English Votes Plan To Include Income Tax 10 hours ago

    David Cameron has pledged changes to ensure English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England. The Prime Minister set out a timetable for introducing Tory plans for English votes for English laws within a year of the election. He promised the measure would be extended to financial matters, with the handover of tax-raising powers to Scotland. Mr Cameron has argued it is "simply unfair" English MPs would be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, while Scottish MPs would be able to vote on the tax paid by residents in Birmingham, Canterbury or Leeds. More »

  • Cameron shifts tack as election campaign fails to shift dial
    Cameron shifts tack as election campaign fails to shift dial 13 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's advisers thought his economic record would have delivered a solid poll lead by now. The absence of a breakthrough coupled with a stronger than expected performance from Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, is dampening the mood in Cameron's centre-right Conservative Party. The campaign has been almost genteel." The election, which could determine Britain's place in the European Union and Scotland's future in the United Kingdom, is the closest since the 1970s with the two main parties unable to open up a clear lead. The SNP is threatening to all but wipe out Labour in Scotland, while UKIP is likely to steal large numbers of Conservative voters in England, making it harder for Cameron to beat Labour in areas where Miliband's party is narrowly behind. More »

  • Opposition leader accuses Cameron of weakening UK in world
    Opposition leader accuses Cameron of weakening UK in world 14 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on Friday accused Prime Minister David Cameron of weakening Britain on the world stage with an isolationist foreign policy and uncertainty about membership in the European Union. More »

  • David Cameron and Ed Miliband react to HSBC headquarters move
    David Cameron and Ed Miliband react to HSBC headquarters move 15 hours ago

    HSBC Holdings, Europe's biggest bank, will review whether to move its headquarters out of Britain, potentially dealing a blow to a country trying to balance tighter regulation with the importance of the financial industry to its economy. The announcement comes less than two weeks before UK elections on 7 May and poses challenges for both the Conservatives seeking to return to government and their main rival, the Labour party. Responding to the news British Prime Minister David Cameron said his ruling Conservative party had taken steps to re-inforce London's position as the "world's leading financial centre". "We've improved London as a financial centre not least by changing the way we regulate banks so that we wouldn't have to bail them out with tax payers money in future as the last Labour government had to do," Cameron said. More »

  • Ahead of election, Miliband says PM Cameron has squandered Britain's global …
    Ahead of election, Miliband says PM Cameron has squandered Britain's global … 15 hours ago

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has squandered Britain's global influence by forging an inward-looking approach to international affairs that has left the world's fifth-largest economy isolated, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Friday. Less than two weeks before a May 7 election, Miliband dragged Cameron's foreign policy record to the heart of a campaign which has so far seen almost no debate of international affairs beyond references to immigration. Citing Cameron's absence from Franco-German talks on Ukraine with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, the chaos in Libya and the Conservative promise of a vote on European Union membership, Miliband said the prime minister has torpedoed British clout. More »

  • Labour leader Miliband vows to end UK 'isolationism'
    Labour leader Miliband vows to end UK 'isolationism' 15 hours ago

    British opposition leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron's government of "small-minded isolationism" in an election campaign speech Friday, but sparked a row after suggesting the prime minister was partly responsible for the Mediterranean migrant crisis. More »

  • Election 2015: David Cameron launches first ever English manifesto
    Election 2015: David Cameron launches first ever English manifesto 16 hours ago

    David Cameron has launched the first ever English manifesto stating it will bring success to every area of England. The prime minister outlined the benefits of having "one document in black and white" clarifying to English voters "what they can expect in the future", after saying it was "vital" English MPs voted for English laws, which would strengthen the UK rather than fragment it. Speaking in Lincoln, alongside William Hague, he listed future transport improvements the country could look forward to, including the upgrades to the M6 and M62 in the north-west and the continuation of the £14.8bn ($22.3bn) Crossrail project in the south before pledging greater investment in green energies in the north. They are tailor-made for each part of England. More »

  • Cameron courts English voters with tax plans
    Cameron courts English voters with tax plans 16 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron courted English voters on Friday ahead of a tight UK-wide election, promising to create a separate rate of income tax for England and to give English lawmakers greater powers. Attempting to tap into a sense of English resentment about the growing degree of devolution Scotland enjoys, Cameron pledged to enact reforms within a year of the May 7 election. England is by far the most populous part of the four-nation United Kingdom and southern England in particular has long been a stronghold for Cameron's centre-right party. Cameron, whose party had only one of 59 seats in Scotland before parliament was dissolved, is championing reforms to the way the British parliament makes laws to counterbalance extra lawmaking powers promised to Scotland last year to persuade voters there to reject independence. More »

  • Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign
    Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign 16 hours ago

    Just a dozen pupils and a few journalists were allowed to witness British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to a London school this week. More »

  • Russia should face more sanctions if it stokes Ukraine further - Labour's … 17 hours ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - The West should step up sanctions on Russia if the Kremlin shows further aggression in Ukraine, British opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Friday. Miliband, whose Labour Party is neck and neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of the May 7 election, said the European Union had been too slow to impose sanctions on Russia. (Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison) More »

  • Labour three points ahead of Conservatives ahead of election - Populus poll
    Labour three points ahead of Conservatives ahead of election - Populus poll 17 hours ago

    The opposition Labour Party has extended its lead to three points over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of Britain's May 7 general election, according to a Populus poll on Friday. The poll put Labour on 35 percent, up one point, and the Conservatives unchanged on 32 percent. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) was down one at 14 percent and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 8 percent. Labour and the Conservatives have been running neck and neck in the polls ahead of what is expected to be the tightest election in a generation. More »

  • Miliband Employs Firm For Leadership Advice
    Miliband Employs Firm For Leadership Advice 20 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has employed the services of a consultancy which aims to improve leadership skills, Sky News has learned. Enlightened Mind specialises in business psychology and neuroscience "in order to build leadership skills that deliver lasting organisational change". It comes as Mr Miliband today prepares to give a major speech on foreign policy. The Labour leader is expected to warn the UK is losing its world standing thanks to inward-looking Conservative policy, saying: "David Cameron has presided over the biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation. More »

  • Warships And Choppers For Migrant Rescues
    Warships And Choppers For Migrant Rescues 21 hours ago

    European Union leaders have agreed to triple funds for operations in the Mediterranean aimed at saving the lives of people fleeing their home countries. As part of the deal, Britain will send the warship HMS Bulwark , three Merlin helicopters and two patrol boats to boost search-and-rescue missions. EU chiefs also want to push for a UN resolution that would allow them to destroy vessels used by traffickers before they attempt to smuggle migrants across the water. David Cameron said: "What's emerging is what we need which is a comprehensive plan, going after the criminal gangs, going after the traffickers, going after the owners of the boats. More »

  • David Cameron to set out Conservative proposals for 'English Votes for English …
    David Cameron to set out Conservative proposals for 'English Votes for English … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    He will also pledge an "English rate of income tax" - once more powers are devolved to Scotland. Following the Scottish independence referendum last year and the decision to grant the Scots more tax raising powers, the Conservatives said they would give MPs for English seats a veto on issues which affect only England. In a speech, he will set out a timetable for the Conservative plans, saying the Scottish income tax proposals have "clear implications". He will say that unless the current rules are changed: "English MPs will be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh while Scottish MPs are able to vote on the tax you pay in Birmingham or Canterbury or Leeds. More »

  • PM hails efforts on migrant crisis
    PM hails efforts on migrant crisis Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    David Cameron stressed the need to "hunt down the traffickers who prey on human misery" as he hailed an emerging agreement among European leaders over the Mediterranean migrant crisis. More »

  • Lib Dems: 'Labour May Wipe £10bn Off Economy'
    Lib Dems: 'Labour May Wipe £10bn Off Economy' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A Labour-led government could wipe £10bn off the British economy and add £800 a year to average mortgages as the markets panic, the Liberal Democrats warn. The party has prepared a dossier of opinions by financial institutions and think-tanks which indicates that Labour would add £4bn in interest on government debt. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will use a speech in Aberdeen today to warn that a Labour government propped up by the SNP, or a Tory administration backed up by UKIP, would spell "economic disaster". The dossier follows a warning from party leader Nick Clegg that the economy is not out of the woods and people's jobs and homes and could be put at risk if David Cameron or Ed Miliband attempt to govern without a majority. More »

  • English votes for English laws plan
    English votes for English laws plan Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Conservative plans for English votes for English laws will be implemented in time to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England after the 2016 Budget if Tories win the General Election, David Cameron has announced. More »

  • Miliband blasts 'isolationist' PM
    Miliband blasts 'isolationist' PM Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Ed Miliband will accuse David Cameron of pursuing a foreign policy of "small-minded isolationism" that has put party interest first and led to the "biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation". More »

  • Ahead of election, Miliband says Cameron has squandered Britain's global …
    Ahead of election, Miliband says Cameron has squandered Britain's global … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has squandered Britain's influence by forging an inward-looking approach to international affairs that has left the world's fifth largest economy isolated, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say on Friday. Less than two weeks before a May 7 election, Miliband will seek to drag Cameron's foreign policy record to the heart of the campaign which has so far seen almost no debate of international affairs beyond references to immigration. Citing Cameron's absence from Franco-German talks on Ukraine with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, the chaos in Libya and the Conservative promise of a vote on European Union membership, Miliband said the prime minister has torpedoed British clout. More »

  • William Hague pledges income tax rate just for England - Telegraph
    William Hague pledges income tax rate just for England - Telegraph Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    (Reuters) - William Hague and Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil the Conservative Party's English manifesto on Friday to ensure that Scottish MPs can no longer have a deciding say on rates of taxation for English families, the Telegraph reported. England will have its own income tax rate within one year under Conservative plans to ensure that Scottish Labour and Scottish National Party MPs are not able to "dictate" what happens south of the border, said former Conservative leader and foreign secretary Hague, the newspaper reported. More »

  • PM Sends Navy Ship To Tackle Migrant Crisis
    PM Sends Navy Ship To Tackle Migrant Crisis Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Britain is to send one of the largest ships in the Royal Navy to help deal with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. David Cameron said HMS Bulwark will be deployed along with three helicopters and two border patrol vessels as part of a European operation. The Prime Minister spoke as he arrived at emergency talks in Brussels, where an EU-wide deal has been agreed to "strengthen" the presence at sea to disrupt traffickers and to triple funding for search-and-rescue operations. The move comes amid rising public outrage over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean after up to 900 people were killed when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. More »

  • Labour takes 2-point lead over Conservatives - YouGov poll
    Labour takes 2-point lead over Conservatives - YouGov poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    (Reuters) - Ahead of the May 7 election, the opposition Labour Party extended its lead to 2 percentage points over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Sun newspaper published on Thursday. Thirty-five percent of voters supported the Labour Party, up one point from yesterday, over the Conservatives, who remained unchanged at 33 percent, polling company YouGov said. The anti-European Union UK Independence Party, or UKIP, was down one percentage point at 13 percent. More »

  • Second poll gives Cameron's Conservatives 4 point lead over Labour
    Second poll gives Cameron's Conservatives 4 point lead over Labour Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Conservative Party took a 4 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a Comres poll published on Thursday ahead of a May 7 election, hours after another poll gave David Cameron's party the same lead. The poll for ITV and the Daily Mail put the Conservatives on 36 percent, up 2 percentage points, and Labour on 32 percent, down 1 point. More »

  • Conservatives take four point lead over Labour - Survation poll
    Conservatives take four point lead over Labour - Survation poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have taken a 4 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a poll by Survation for Daily Mirror, ahead of the British general election on May 7. The poll shows Labour down four percentage points on Survation's April 17 survey to 29 percent, while the Conservatives retain the lead, but lose one percentage point to 33. More »

  • Labour hold three point lead over Conservatives - Panelbase poll
    Labour hold three point lead over Conservatives - Panelbase poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour party held a three percentage point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in a Panelbase poll ahead of the May 7 election. The poll put Labour unchanged on 34 percent while the Conservatives were down two percentage points to 31 percent. The UK Independence Party was up one point on 17 percent, the Liberal Democrats down one on 7 percent and the Greens unchanged on 4 percent, The Sun newspaper said. More »

  • Cameron offers warship, helicopters to aid migrant rescues
    Cameron offers warship, helicopters to aid migrant rescues Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain would offer to deploy military ships and helicopters to the Mediterranean to help stem a deadly tide of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. More »

  • PM Backs Funding Boost To Fight Traffickers
    PM Backs Funding Boost To Fight Traffickers Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    David Cameron is expected to support an EU-wide deal to "strengthen" its presence at sea to disrupt traffickers and increase search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, Sky News has learned. And it is likely to fall short of the scale of "Mare Nostrum" - the pro-active rescue mission led by the Italian Navy that was controversially stopped late last year. Instead, the financial boost will be directed at the EU-funded Operation Triton that replaced it. That covers search and rescue, but is primarily about policing European borders and operates only within 30 miles of the Italian coast - compared with an earlier effort to scour 27,000 square miles of sea. More »

  • Bringing home the bacon? Political pig race seeks to predict UK vote Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    At Pennywell Farm in Devon, workers have come up with a novel way of predicting the outcome of a British election too close for any but the boldest pundits and politicians to call -- political pig racing. Five miniature pigs, representing Britain's main parties, are conducting their own campaign battle on the track as they race every day until the May 7 vote. With just two weeks to go, neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor the main opposition Labour party have managed to establish a clear lead in the polls. Donning blue for the Conservatives is David Hameron while Ed Swiliband, his name inspired by Labour leader Ed Miliband, is dressed in red. More »

  • Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Split, Poll
    Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Split, Poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The General Election campaign is increasing the likelihood of a split in the Union, according to a survey for Sky News. Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling said it was "not surprising" because the Conservatives have been "bigging up" the SNP. If you play fast and loose with constitution there will be consequences," he told Sky News. David Cameron has been warning about "chaos", "ruin" of any "made in hell" arrangement between the SNP and the Labour Party after the election. More »

  • Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Divide, Poll
    Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Divide, Poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Almost half of Scots believe the election campaign has made a divide in the union more likely - and a majority now think Scotland could become independent in their lifetimes, according to a survey for Sky News. And 55% think Scotland will become independent in their lifetime. The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon came out on top, followed by David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg came further behind. More »

  • Labour, Conservatives remain tied before election - YouGov poll
    Labour, Conservatives remain tied before election - YouGov poll Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    (Reuters) - Ahead of the May 7 election, the opposition Labour Party and Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives remained locked in a statistical tie, according to a YouGov poll for the Sun newspaper published on Wednesday. Thirty-four percent of voters supported the Labour Party, unchanged from Tuesday, polling company YouGov said. The Conservatives had 33 percent, down one percentage point from the previous day's survey. The poll gave the anti-European Union UK Independence Party, or UKIP, a one-point increase to 14 percent. More »

  • PM: UK can do more on migrant issue
    PM: UK can do more on migrant issue Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    David Cameron has said he is ready to commit British resources to a strengthened search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean as EU leaders prepared to meet to discuss the escalating migrant crisis. More »

  • Boris Wants To Be In Running For Tory Leader
    Boris Wants To Be In Running For Tory Leader Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Boris Johnson has admitted on Sky News he would like to be considered to lead the Conservative party after David Cameron. Mr Johnson, who is running to become MP in Uxbridge, has long been tipped as a future leader of the party - including more recently by David Cameron. Mr Cameron effectively sparked a leadership race last month when he said he would only serve two terms as prime minister naming Mr Johnson, Theresa May and George Osborne as possible successors. More »