UK Politics

  • Canadian legislators on Monday voted to back the government's plans to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria, a move that opposition parties say threatens to drag Canada into a long war. The House of Commons approved the plan 142-129. The result was never in doubt, since the ruling Conservatives have a majority in the …

  • Shoppers sit with their bags on the window ledge of Primark on Oxford Street in London

    British consumer morale rose to its highest level in more than 12 years this month, continuing an upward trend which economic polling company GfK said could boost Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of re-election in May 7's election. GfK said its monthly consumer confidence index rose to +4 in March from +1 in February, …

  • Dutch bank ABN Amro faces further political hurdles before IPO By Toby Sterling - Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    The head office of ABN AMRO bank is seen in Amsterdam

    By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - ABN Amro's [ABRGPA.UL] expected re-privatisation has become mired in a political debate over pay and ethics at the Dutch bank, threatening to delay what would be the Netherlands' largest share listing in at least a decade. "Despite the suggestion from some quarters that ABN Amro …

  • Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign By Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as he returns to Number 10 Downing Street after meeting with Queen Elizabeth in London

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest election in decades began on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament had been dissolved, teeing up a fraught battle to govern a $2.8 trillion (1.88 trillion pounds) economy. Cameron made the journey to Buckingham …

  • LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have taken a 2 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 national election, an Ashcroft poll showed on Monday. The poll put the Conservative Party on 36 percent, Labour on 34 percent, the UK Independence Party on 10 …

  • Labour bid to court business overshadowed by ad row By Kylie MacLellan and William James - Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at the presentation of their business manifesto in central London

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party faced embarrassment on Monday as an attempt to woo businesses ahead of a national election was overshadowed by a backlash from some of the firms it featured in a newspaper advert. Campaigning for the May 7 vote -- which, with the …

  • General election 2015: David Cameron warns of 'economic chaos' if Ed Miliband elected to Downing Street

    David Cameron has warned Britain faces "economic chaos" if Ed Miliband is elected Prime Minister at the general election. Speaking outside Downing Street after informing the Queen parliament has been dissolved, Cameron said only the Conservatives could protect the NHS and provide economic and national security. "Or you …

  • Ed Miliband: EU at heart of Labour business manifesto as David Cameron 'political games' blasted

    Ed Miliband has placed Britain's membership of the European Union at the heart of Labour's general election pledge to build a fairer economy. The Labour leader said the UK was better off in the EU and said David Cameron was playing "political games" with the country's membership by dithering on its relationship. "Our …

  • Election 2015: Parliament dissolved and polls split as crunch campaign begins

    Britain's 2015 general election campaign is formally underway as parliament is dissolved ahead of the crunch poll on 7 May. Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Buckingham Palace for his ceremonial meeting with the Queen, during which she gives her permission for parliament to be dissolved and the election campaign …

  • Analysis - Even before any 'Brexit' vote, UK losing sway in Europe By Paul Taylor - Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After decades of punching above its weight in Europe, Britain's influence in the European Union is waning, even before we know whether a promised referendum on "Brexit" will go ahead. London's partners are keen to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc, but not at any price.

  • Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron gestures during his keynote speech at the party's spring forum in Manchester

    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 …

  • Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election By Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron gestures during his keynote speech at the party's spring forum in Manchester

    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 …

  • Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally By Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves after a flypast of military aircraft  following the Afghanistan service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral in London

    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 …

  • Labour wins pre-election poll bounce after TV encounter By Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    Cameron-Miliband interviews

    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, …

  • Singapore stands still as nation bids farewell to founding father Lee By Rujun Shen and Anshuman Daga - Reuters - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    Pallbearers carry the casket of former leader Lee Kuan Yew as they depart for the final journey to the crematorium at the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore

    By Rujun Shen and Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the nation came to a near-halt to honour its "founding father". Tens of thousands of people waving flags braved heavy rain …