UK Politics

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London

    A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a "Christian country". The public figures, including authors Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett, said they respected the Conservative leader's …

  • Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Sun, Apr 20, 2014
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron awaits the arrival of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins at Number 10 Downing Street in London

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday. Cameron appointed Tony Caplin, a former senior official in his ruling Conservative …

  • Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll Michael Holden - Reuters - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the party said on Friday. Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win …

  • Co-op laments worst year after 2.5 billion pound loss Matt Scuffham and Paul Sandle - Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    A pedestrian passes a Co-operative retail store in east London

    By Matt Scuffham and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Co-operative Group made a loss of 2.5 billion pounds in 2013, capping the worst 12 months in the mutual's 150-year history and ramming home the need for radical reform if it is to survive. "2013 was a disastrous year for The Co-operative Group, the worst in our 150-year …

  • A woman passes a Co-operative Bank in Brighton

    Britain's Co-operative Group will report a loss of more than 2 billion pounds on Thursday, laying bare the full damage done by disastrous acquisitions, a drugs scandal and an exodus of executives that have put its future as a mutual into doubt. But fierce resistance to change from some members of the group's board, which …

  • Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages Michael Holden - Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the then interior minister in 2004. Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World …

  • Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax Tom Bergin - Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    A paper cup is seen in Starbucks' Vigo Street branch in Mayfair, central London

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK as a result, the company said on Wednesday. The shift by the world's largest coffee chain comes after its low tax contributions in Britain provoked widespread criticism, …

  • UK inflation hits new four-year low, house prices continue rise Ana Nicolaci da Costa and David Milliken - Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    A woman passes racks of greetings cards displayed in a shop in London

    Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne said the data showed his coalition government policies were bringing greater economic security, and his civil servants have said that on some measures, living standards are already rising. But his Labour Party opposite number, Ed Balls, said the CPI data failed to capture rapidly …

  • By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - The value of commercial and public service contracts awarded to outsourcing firms in Europe has hit its highest level of growth in four years, as cash-strapped governments and companies attempt to cut costs, despite a string of high profile contract failures in recent years. A report …

  • Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation there, British Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Tuesday in a speech in London. Hague's comments, released in advance by his office, come after Russia declared Ukraine to be on the verge of civil …

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking Michael Holden and Kate Holton - Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
    Former Editor of the News of the World newspaper Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves …

  • European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to expand sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine by putting more people under asset freezes and visa bans, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. "We have agreed among foreign ministers to expand the sanctions ... and to add further names to those sanctions," …

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London

    China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the …

  • Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong Michael Holden and Kate Holton - Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha holiday on the Spanish Canary island of Lanzarote

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert Murdoch tabloids was wrong. Both edited the now defunct …

  • UK government study lends weight to Osborne's case for tax cuts William James - Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gives a speech about changes to the tax and benefits regime at the old passenger terminal in Tilbury Docks, east of London

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne's case for cutting taxes if his Conservative Party wins a 2015 election was bolstered on Monday when a government study said lower taxes would stimulate economic activity and partially offset a loss of revenue. A reduction in the real rate …