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  • 'Brexit' fears haunt London's roaring trade in euros
    'Brexit' fears haunt London's roaring trade in euros Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - If there is a symbol of British ambivalence to Europe then it may be the euro itself. The capital of euro trading prospers outside the euro zone, but London's dominance of the $5.3 trillion-a-day (£3.4 trillion-a-day) foreign exchange market could wane if Britain left the European Union. While British leaders have long resisted replacing pounds with euros, traders in the City of London financial centre now buy and sell more than twice as many euros as the whole 19-member euro zone and more dollars than the United States. More »

  • Ed Balls not 'hankering' for return to Parliament
    Ed Balls not 'hankering' for return to Parliament Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Ed Balls has insisted he is not "hankering" for a return to Parliament, adding: "The right thing to say is never say never." More »

  • Lobbying probe ex-MPs given passes
    Lobbying probe ex-MPs given passes Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Dozens of former MPs, including two ex-ministers under investigation for lobbying allegations, have been granted privileged access to Parliament since the general election. More »

  • 'Bring back Balls,' says Osborne
    'Bring back Balls,' says Osborne Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Labour has accused George Osborne of being distracted from his day job by "personal ambitions" as he prepares to stand in for David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow. More »

  • Burnham favourite as UK Labour leadership candidates announced
    Burnham favourite as UK Labour leadership candidates announced Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Four candidates have registered to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party after its former chief Ed Miliband resigned in the wake of a devastating election defeat last month, the party said on Monday. More »

  • Labour's Corbyn tackles austerity
    Labour's Corbyn tackles austerity Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn will campaign on an anti-austerity platform in the Labour leadership contest after a last-minute surge saw him secure the support needed for a place on the ballot. More »

  • Everything You Need to Know About Bilderberg (And More)
    Everything You Need to Know About Bilderberg (And More) Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The annual conference of the shape-shifting lizard people – uh, sorry, the Bilderberg group – begins today. More »

  • Osborne and Balls at Bilderberg
    Osborne and Balls at Bilderberg Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne and his former counterpart Ed Balls are among those on the list for the Bilderberg conference today. More »

  • Cooper to address housing 'crisis'
    Cooper to address housing 'crisis' Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Labour lacked ambition in its housing plans, Yvette Cooper will say as she calls for at least 300,000 homes to be built every year to tackle Britain's housing crisis. More »

  • PM Leads Tributes To Kennedy In Commons
    PM Leads Tributes To Kennedy In Commons Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Charles Kennedy's ex-wife and son watched on as the Prime Minister led tributes to the former Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Commons. After the first PMQs since the General Election, David Cameron praised Mr Kennedy, who died on Monday aged 55 . "Charles Kennedy will be remembered for his success, for his principle and intellect, and above all for his incredible warmth and good humour," he said. More »

  • David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri …
    David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri … Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Britain could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if it does not get the changes it wants to the way the rules are applied, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (3 June). Cameron's Conservative Party, which won a surprise majority in last month's election, wants to overhaul existing human rights laws to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, based in France, which enforces the convention. "We are very clear about what we want which is British judges making decisions in British courts," Cameron told parliament when asked by a dissenting lawmaker from his own party to rule out a withdrawal from the convention. More »

  • Cooper Makes Bid To Become First Woman Leader
    Cooper Makes Bid To Become First Woman Leader Fri, May 29, 2015

    Yvette Cooper has officially launched her Labour leadership campaign by saying it is time to break through the glass ceiling and deliver the party's first ever woman leader. In a leadership contest with only one man in the running, Ms Cooper said it was time for women to change the way Britain did politics, and that could start with a female Labour leader. Speaking at Tech City in London, the shadow home secretary, whose husband Ed Balls challenged for leadership in 2010, said: "It would be fantastic if we could break through the glass ceiling and have the first ever woman leader and also use that as a way to do politics differently. More »

  • Prescott backs Burnham for leader
    Prescott backs Burnham for leader Sun, May 24, 2015

    Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his weight behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader. More »

  • Balls 'won't dash back to politics'
    Balls 'won't dash back to politics' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Ed Balls will not be "dashing back" to frontline politics and will not play a role in his wife Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership campaign. More »

  • Labour wrong on business - Cooper
    Labour wrong on business - Cooper Tue, May 19, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has hit out at Ed Miliband for allowing the party to appear to be "anti-business, anti-growth and ultimately anti-worker". More »

  • Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise'
    Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said that her party needs to reset its relationship with business. The Shadow Home Secretary said that the party's leadership had often used language which weakened its relationship with those who create wealth. In a thinly-veiled criticism of Ed Miliband, she also condemned the party's stance for being "anti-business, anti-growth and ultimately anti-worker". More »

  • Chuka Umunna Tops Twitter Growth Chart
    Chuka Umunna Tops Twitter Growth Chart Fri, May 15, 2015

    The shadow business secretary's followers jumped in number by 16.7% over the past week, according to the latest data More »

  • Mary Creagh Joins Fight For Labour Leadership
    Mary Creagh Joins Fight For Labour Leadership Thu, May 14, 2015

    Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh has become the fifth candidate to join the fight for the Labour leadership. The 47-year-old is up against Liz Kendall, Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper in the battle to replace Ed Miliband following Labour's General Election drubbing last week. She announced her bid in an article for the Daily Mail website, saying: "I want to earn back the trust that Middle England has lost in the Labour Party. More »

  • Labour did not overspend - Cooper
    Labour did not overspend - Cooper Thu, May 14, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has rejected claims that the last Labour government spent too much in the run-up to the financial crash. More »

  • Yvette Cooper To Stand For Labour Leadership
    Yvette Cooper To Stand For Labour Leadership Thu, May 14, 2015

    Yvette Cooper has announced she is standing to become leader of the Labour Party. The shadow home secretary is joining Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall in the race to succeed Ed Miliband, who resigned from his position last week. In an article for the Daily Mirror, Ms Cooper pledged to "make life better for families" - and conceded that Labour lost the General Election because it didn't convince voters it "had the answers". She wrote: "Labour needs to be bigger in our appeal, bolder in our ambitions and brighter about the future. More »

  • HS2 fight goes on, say campaigners
    HS2 fight goes on, say campaigners Tue, May 12, 2015

    Campaigners have vowed to continue the fight to stop HS2 going ahead despite the fact that a Conservative election victory should ensure a smooth path for the £50 billion high-speed rail project. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • David attacks Ed's Labour campaign
    David attacks Ed's Labour campaign Mon, May 11, 2015

    David Miliband has delivered a withering assessment of his brother Ed's failed general election campaign saying the Labour Party had appeared to go backwards under his leadership. More »

  • Frontrunners to become UK opposition leader
    Frontrunners to become UK opposition leader Mon, May 11, 2015

    Ed Miliband's resignation as Labour leader following his centre-left party's general election defeat has triggered a lengthy process to nominate a new head of Britain's opposition. More »

  • Labour's 'I Told You So' Club Out In Force
    Labour's 'I Told You So' Club Out In Force Sun, May 10, 2015

    Yet the race to succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader already looks like a pretty crowded field. We're up to at least half a dozen contenders already, even before Labour's ruling national executive meets on Wednesday to draw up the procedure and the timetable for the election. And just as the potential candidates are jumping the gun, the party's leading Blairites - who never wanted Ed Miliband as leader in the first place - are also wasting no time in getting their retaliation in first . We can expect more recriminations when the Parliamentary Labour Party holds what is certain to be a gloomy and ill-tempered meeting in the Commons on Monday evening. More »

  • Blair: Labour must reclaim centre
    Blair: Labour must reclaim centre Sat, May 9, 2015

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. More »

  • Contenders to lead the Labour Party
    Contenders to lead the Labour Party Sat, May 9, 2015

    Who could replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader? Here are some of the potential runners and riders. More »

  • Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special'
    Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special' Sat, May 9, 2015

    David Cameron has told voters the UK is on the "brink of something special" as he promised to deliver on all election pledges, including an EU referendum and powers for Scotland. In an extraordinary General Election, which claimed the scalps of three party leaders within 52 minutes, the Conservatives confounded expectations to win outright, returning Mr Cameron to Number 10. Speaking on the steps of Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Cameron vowed to be the party of the "working people". He later revealed who would take the senior roles of Chancellor, Home Secretary, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary in his Cabinet. More »

  • Ed Miliband Resigns As Labour Party Leader
    Ed Miliband Resigns As Labour Party Leader Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has announced his resignation as leader of the Labour Party after a disastrous election defeat which saw the Conservatives win a majority. He made the announcement shortly after noon to a room full of supporters, saying solemnly: "This is not the speech I wanted to give today because I believe that Britain needed a Labour government. Mr Miliband says he phoned David Cameron earlier to congratulate him on his victory. Harriet Harman will take over the role temporarily, but says she will step down as deputy leader when the new leader is chosen. More »

  • Cameron savours shock triumph in British election
    Cameron savours shock triumph in British election Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron swept to a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades and winning a clear majority that left his Labour opponents in tatters. The sterling currency, bonds and shares surged on a result that reversed near-universal expectations of an inconclusive "hung parliament", in which Cameron would have had to jockey for power with Labour rival Ed Miliband. Instead, Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major's surprise victory in 1992. Despite the unexpectedly decisive outcome, longer-term uncertainty looms over whether Britain will stay in the European Union - and even hold together as a country. More »

  • British election upset puts big beasts to the slaughter
    British election upset puts big beasts to the slaughter Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Victory by David Cameron's Conservatives on Friday in one of the most unexpected upsets in British political history has been accompanied by an almost unprecedented electoral bloodbath of dozens of high-profile figures. I'm so sorry for all of those colleagues who lost their seats," said Ed Miliband as he resigned as leader of the main opposition Labour Party, although he remains a member of parliament. In the end, they were battered in England by the Conservatives and humiliatingly hammered in their traditional heartlands in Scotland after a staggering swing to the Scottish National Party, losing all but one of the 41 seats there. Their national election chief in Scotland even lost his seat to a 20-year-old political novice. More »

  • Cameron vows to govern for all UK
    Cameron vows to govern for all UK Fri, May 8, 2015

    David Cameron has vowed to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom as he returned to No 10 at the head of a majority Conservative government while the Scottish Nationalists virtually swept the board north of the border. More »

  • FTSE 100 And Pound Rally On Tory Election Win
    FTSE 100 And Pound Rally On Tory Election Win Fri, May 8, 2015

    The FTSE 100 rallied strongly while the pound has made strides against the dollar and euro following the Conservative victory in the General Election. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended 2.3% higher at 7,046.82 points - close to the record high of 7,122.74 points reached last month. A fall for the FTSE had been tipped until it became clear that David Cameron's Tories would lead the next Government. The top riser on the FTSE 100 for much of the day was Centrica - the owner of British Gas - which, like its 'big six' rivals, had faced the prospect of being placed under energy bill price freeze restrictions had Ed Miliband won the keys to Number 10. More »

  • Miliband quits after Labour thrashed in UK election
    Miliband quits after Labour thrashed in UK election Fri, May 8, 2015

    By William James and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition leader Ed Miliband quit on Friday after his Labour Party suffered a heavy election defeat and was virtually driven out of Scotland, leaving the demoralised party with no obvious successor. Miliband had gone into Thursday's election expecting he had a good chance of beating Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and forming a government, probably in some form of alliance with a smaller party. "Britain needs a Labour Party that can rebuild after this defeat so we can have a government that stands up for working people again," Miliband said at Labour's headquarters in London. "And now it's time for someone else to take forward the leadership of this party, so I'm tendering my resignation," said Miliband, who will remain a Labour member of parliament. More »

  • The Big Names Who Lost On Night Of Shocks
    The Big Names Who Lost On Night Of Shocks Fri, May 8, 2015

    Following a night of seismic results that change the face of British party politics, a host of prominent figures have been on the wrong end of conspicuous defeats. More »