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  • Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill By David Milliken - Reuters - Fri, Jul 3, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech on the economy, in Nottingham

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week, in their first budget statement after an unexpectedly decisive election victory. Freed from needing the support of their former coalition partners, the …

  • BBC to cut over 1,000 jobs as Britons trade TVs for tablets By Guy Faulconbridge - Reuters - Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    A man enters BBC New Broadcasting House in London

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - The British Broadcasting Corporation will cut more than 1,000 jobs to cover a 150-million-pound gap in licence fee income next financial year as millions of viewers turn off their televisions and watch programmes on tablets and mobile phones. The BBC, the largest broadcaster in …

  • Cameron asks MPs to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria By Andrew Osborn and William James - Reuters - Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to speak at Parliament in London

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron asked lawmakers to consider whether Britain should join U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but his spokeswoman said he hadn't yet decided whether to push for a parliamentary vote on the issue. Britain conducts …

  • UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament By William James - Reuters - Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    A sea gull flies past the Houses of Parliament on an overcast summer's day in London

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - English lawmakers will be given a veto in Britain's parliament over legislation that only impacts England, the government said on Thursday, removing the ability of Scottish lawmakers to have a decisive say on laws that do not affect them. Decades-old grievances over imbalances in the …

  • Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and CBI slapped down

    This week, the Airports Commission published its final report into London's airport capacity issue. The independent group, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, backed a plan to build a third runway at Heathrow. The issue is a touchy for David Cameron, as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, opposes the move.

  • The coffin of Stephen Mellor is carried from an RAF C-17, which repatriated the bodies of eight British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack, at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford

    The number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia last Friday has risen to 29. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday the number of dead had risen to 27 from 22. "We do expect it to rise further," Cameron told parliament.

  • UK weighs more action against IS in Syria after Tunisia attack By William James and Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Wed, Jul 1, 2015
    The coffin of Carly Lovett is carried from an RAF C-17, which repatriated the bodies of eight British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack, to a hearse at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford

    By William James and Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering whether it could and should do more to help defeat Islamic State militants in Syria after a deadly attack in Tunisia last week killed up to 30 of its nationals, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. As part of a U.S.-led …

  • Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik launched legal action on Wednesday accusing the Norwegian state of violating his human rights by keeping him in strict isolation in prison four years after he massacred 77 people. The legal papers, filed with Oslo's main court and referring to the European Convention on Human Rights, …

  • Britain to decide on new Heathrow runway by end of year By Sarah Young - Reuters - Wed, Jul 1, 2015
    An aircraft takes off from Heathrow airport in London

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will make a final decision on a 23 billion pound ($36 billion) plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport by the end of the year, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a political battle over the issue. Few disagree that London needs a new runway …

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he would take a decision by the end of this year on how London's airport capacity will be expanded and would study a recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow. Cameron was speaking after a government-appointed commission said a third runway should be constructed …

  • Boris Johnson, London's Mayor and Conservative Party MP, arrives to attend a commemoration service for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, at St Paul's Cathedral in London

    London Mayor Boris Johnson dismissed a proposal on Wednesday to expand Heathrow Airport as undeliverable and piled pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to reject the plan, setting the scene for a protracted political dispute. The government-appointed Airports Commission earlier recommended a third runway be built at …

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne arrives at an EU finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg

    LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said on Wednesday that it was vital to resolve the current uncertainty over the Greek crisis and to ensure economic and financial stability across Europe, whatever the Greek people decide in a referendum. "Britain's attitude to this developing crisis is clear: we hope …

  • HSBC faces $2.4 billion bill for new ringfencing rules By Matt Scuffham - Reuters - Tue, Jun 30, 2015
    A taxi drives past a branch of the HSBC bank in central London

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC will face a bill of around 1.5 billion pounds to shield its domestic retail customers from riskier parts of its operations, the chairman of its UK business told lawmakers on Tuesday. The Bank of England has told banks they must set up a boundary around their branch operations …

  • Bullet holes and empty beaches: the bleak outlook for Tunisia's tourism By Patrick Markey - Reuters - Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Patrick Markey SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisian shopkeeper Aghmi Bubaker doesn't need to be told that he is experiencing the worst threat yet to his forty-year career in tourism - the bullet hole in his battered green Mercedes Benz is a daily reminder. Last Friday when a gunman attacked the Imperial Marhaba hotel …

  • LONDON (Reuters) - The number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia last Friday has risen to 21 from 18, a spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. The spokeswoman said the government was trying to confirm the identities of a further nine people killed in the attacks who …