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  • Cameron In Further EU Referendum Climbdown
    Cameron In Further EU Referendum Climbdown 3 hours ago

    David Cameron is poised to announce a second climbdown in 24 hours on his EU referendum by ruling out spending taxpayers' money to keep Britain in the trading bloc. The move is to head off a Commons rebellion on MPs' first day back at Westminster after their summer break, with Tory Eurosceptics threatening to vote for a Labour amendment barring public spending during the EU referendum campaign. The Conservatives attempted to remove purdah shortly after the election as they introduced legislation creating the EU referendum, which is due before the end of 2017. More »

  • Robinson Calls On Cameron To Suspend Stormont
    Robinson Calls On Cameron To Suspend Stormont 4 hours ago

    The First Minister of Northern Ireland has been unsuccessful in his attempt to extend his Assembly's summer recess by a month. Peter Robinson had insisted the suspension of Stormont was necessary to enable urgent political talks aimed at saving the country's power-sharing executive. The Democratic Unionist Party leader has since met David Cameron, and urged the British Government to intervene by suspending the Assembly. More »

  • British PM calls for more talks to cool Northern Irish crisis
    British PM calls for more talks to cool Northern Irish crisis 6 hours ago

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - London and Dublin will hold further talks with Northern Ireland's political parties to try to avert a crisis over an IRA-linked murder that has led to calls to suspend Belfast's parliament, the British government said on Tuesday. Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson asked British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday to suspend the Northern Irish Assembly for four weeks to facilitate talks to save the power-sharing executive it leads with the nationalist Sinn Fein party. More »

  • Cameron Agrees EU Referendum Word Change
    Cameron Agrees EU Referendum Word Change 6 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to change the wording of the EU Referendum so voters will no longer be asked to vote "Yes" or "No". The change has been made on the advice of the Electoral Commission after the watchdog warned the original question could be interpreted as biased. There were complaints that the question - "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" - could give an advantage to the campaigners wanting the UK to stay within the EU. More »

  • PM Vows Clampdown Over National Living Wage
    PM Vows Clampdown Over National Living Wage 12 hours ago

    David Cameron has kicked off the autumn political season with a pledge to crackdown on bosses who fail to pay the new National Living Wage. Writing in The Times, the Prime Minister said the new, higher minimum wage, which will reach £9 an hour by the end of the decade , will work only if it is properly enforced. Senior Tories told Sky News the new measures signal the Conservatives' determination to become "the true party of working people" and exploit Labour divisions as its leadership contest enters the final fortnight. More »

  • Hillary Clinton emails: #Hillary2016, from 'mad' Peter Mandelson to …
    Hillary Clinton emails: #Hillary2016, from 'mad' Peter Mandelson to … 12 hours ago

    Another batch of embarrassing emails to and from the former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton have been released -- more than 7,000, in all. Clinton, who is running for the 2016 Democrat presidential candidacy, has had to hand over to the State Department thousands of emails sent from her personal email account but related to her work for the government. The emails also give an insight into the US perception of British politics, particularly the period leading up to and after the 2010 UK general election, which ended 13 years of Labour rule and installed a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. More »

  • Britain set to change EU referendum question
    Britain set to change EU referendum question 14 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron's government is poised to change the question for voters in an upcoming referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, his spokeswoman said Tuesday. More »

  • Britain to make wording of EU referendum question more neutral
    Britain to make wording of EU referendum question more neutral 14 hours ago

    The British government will change the wording of the question in its planned referendum on whether to stay in the European Union to make it more neutral following a recommendation by the Electoral Commission on Tuesday. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU and then, by the end of 2017, hold a referendum on whether to stay in or leave. Under the government's initial proposal, voters were to be asked to say "yes" or "no" to the question "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" Some who want Britain to leave the 28-member bloc said that was unfair as it would allow the campaign to stay in to brand itself as the more positive "yes" camp. More »

  • EU referendum: David Cameron accepts Electoral Commission's question change …
    EU referendum: David Cameron accepts Electoral Commission's question change … 14 hours ago

    The news, announced on Tuesday (1 September 2015), comes as Prime Minister David Cameron accepted a recommendation to change the format of the question amid fears of a bias over the vote. The Conservative leader made the move after the Electoral Commission watchdog urged the government to modify the question from the previous "yes" or "no" options. The decision was almost immediately welcomed by Eurosceptic firebrand Nigel Farage. More »

  • Cameron Adviser To Run Nike-Founded Charity
    Cameron Adviser To Run Nike-Founded Charity 15 hours ago

    A former business adviser to David Cameron is to be named as the head of a unit established by Nike, the US-based sportswear giant, to help tackle global poverty among girls. Sky News has seen a statement scheduled to be made later on Tuesday, which will announce that Farah Ramzan Golant is to become the first chief executive of Girl Effect. The statement will also say that Girl Effect, which was established by the Nike Foundation in 2008, is to become wholly independent of Nike, a move that will enable it to seek partnerships with a broader range of commercial organisations. More »

  • PM accepts electoral watchdog's advice on EU referendum question
    PM accepts electoral watchdog's advice on EU referendum question 15 hours ago

    David Cameron has ditched plans to ask voters to answer Yes or No to continued UK membership of the EU, after the electoral watchdog warned the question could create perceptions of bias. More »

  • Cameron promises tough fines for not paying minimum wage
    Cameron promises tough fines for not paying minimum wage 19 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he would introduce tough fines for company bosses who fail to pay the so called 'national living wage' which will hit 9 pounds ($13.86) an hour by the end of the decade. The current minimum wage for those aged 21 and over is 6.50 pounds an hour and will rise to 6.70 pounds in October. Osborne said that from April 2016 employers will have to pay a 'national living wage' of at least 7.20 pounds to over-25s. More »

  • David Cameron 'downgrades demands for EU employment law opt-outs'
    David Cameron 'downgrades demands for EU employment law opt-outs' Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    David Cameron has reportedly downgraded his demands for Britain to be excluded from EU employment laws. More »

  • UK pledges 500 million pounds to refurbish Scottish nuclear base Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Britain will spend more than 500 million pounds ($770 million) refurbishing its nuclear submarine base in Scotland over the next 10 years, finance minister George Osborne said on Monday. The Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, east of Glasgow, is home to the fleet of four Vanguard-class submarines, one of which is on patrol at all times, that form Britain's 'Trident' nuclear deterrent. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative government has said it backs the fleet's multi-billion pound renewal and intends to base the new submarines at Faslane. More »

  • Peter Robinson to hold talks with David Cameron on Stormont crisis
    Peter Robinson to hold talks with David Cameron on Stormont crisis Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Northern Ireland's First Minister is to meet the Prime Minister tomorrow to discuss Stormont's deepening political crisis. More »

  • Libya: UK's Tony Blair secretly tried to save tyrant Muammar Gaddafi in …
    Libya: UK's Tony Blair secretly tried to save tyrant Muammar Gaddafi in … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Tony Blair allegedly tried to save former Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi before the 2011 allied bombing of the country, it has been claimed. A new biography of David Cameron said the former Prime Minister had called Downing Street saying that he had been contacted by "a key individual close to Gaddafi" who wanted to "cut a deal". The book – Cameron at 10 by Sir Anthony Seldon – claims that Mr Cameron decided not to pursue the approach because he did not want to do "anything which might be seen to give the Libyan leader succour". More »

  • English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown
    English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has put the future of the centuries-old union between England and Scotland in mortal danger by stoking English nationalism, former premier Gordon Brown said on Sunday. Brown, who led a Labour government between 2007 and 2010, told an audience in his native Scotland that Conservative leader Cameron must retreat from policies that draw dividing lines between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. More »

  • Cameron heads to Spain and Portugal over EU renegotiations
    Cameron heads to Spain and Portugal over EU renegotiations Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    David Cameron will take his European Union reform bid to Spain and Portugal this week as he seeks to build support for a new settlement. More »

  • David Cameron 'lacked balls' over Syria action says former defence  …
    David Cameron 'lacked balls' over Syria action says former defence  … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    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 Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    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 »