UK Politics

  • Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees By Axel Bugge - Reuters - 5 hours ago
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron talks to journalists during a joint news conference with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy after their meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Cameron was on Spain for an official visit after meeting his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain would welcome "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron, who spent two days refusing to commit Britain …

  • Britain will spend a further 100 million pounds ($152 million) on humanitarian aid to address the Syrian refugee crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday. "Sixty million pounds of this additional funding will go to help Syrians still in Syria. The rest will go to neighbouring countries, to Turkey, Jordan and …

  • GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain is offering 4,000 spaces for Syrian refugees, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency told reporters on Friday. "We welcome very much the move to increase resettlement spaces for Syrians in the UK. Those spaces are going to be critical to the lives and future of 4,000 people," Melissa …

  • Migrant crisis: David Cameron promises Britain will take thousands more Syrian refugees in U-turn

    The UK will take in thousands more Syrian refugees and provide resettlement for those fleeing the Middle East for Europe, David Cameron has announced. The prime minister, who stressed Britain would act with its "head and heart" to help solve the migrant crisis, said details of his government's plan will be announced in …

  • Labour leadership debate: Jeremy Corbyn scores overwhelming lead in unofficial Sky poll Rachel Middleton - International Business Times - 18 hours ago
    Labour leadership debate: Jeremy Corbyn scores overwhelming lead in unofficial Sky poll

    Jeremy Corbyn has taken an overwhelming lead in the Labour party's leadership race after the final hustings held last night, according to an unofficial poll of viewers using Sky Pulse. Sky News said that about 80.7% of those polled immediately after the debate showed that Corbyn won the hustings, with Liz Kendall only …

  • Labour leadership: What did the candidates say during debate where Yvette Cooper tore into Jermey Corbyn?

    Yvette Cooper has told Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn his plan to use Bank of England money to start a National Investment Bank to pay for infrastructure projects are "unfair" and would "fall apart". Corbyn wants to establish a fund using money printed during quantitative easing to pay for schools and hospitals …

  • Migrant crisis: Would you welcome a Syrian refugee into your home? Alfred Joyner - International Business Times - Thu, Sep 3, 2015
    Aylan Kurdi: Photographer who captured harrowing image of Syrian toddler describes 'pain and sorrow'

    The UK received 31,000 new applications for asylum in 2014, a figure much lower than the likes of Germany (173,100), Turkey (87,800) and Sweden (75,100). Now, with a rising death toll and images of drowned Syrians making international headlines, the UK is being asked to do more. A Facebook campaign in Iceland has seen …

  • Labour leadership debate as it happened: Hustings finishes on fiery exchange between Cooper and Corbyn

    The four Labour leadership hopefuls went head-to-head on live TV on 3 September for the final time, with the election result less than a week away. The hustings, held in Gateshead, gave Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall the opportunity to close the gap on Jeremy Corbyn as the left-winger remains the front-runner …

  • Migrant crisis: Is David Cameron poised to U-turn and allow thousands of refugees into the UK?

    Prime Minister David Cameron, reeling from a backlash over Britain's failure to help refugees from the Middle East, has hinted that the UK will abandon its embattled closed door policy. The Conservative leader said that he was "deeply moved" by the pictures of drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, telling the Press Association …

  • Cameron resists calls to change stance on refugees By Estelle Shirbon - Reuters - Thu, Sep 3, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister Cameron delivers a speech to an audience of pupils during a visit to Corby Technical School at Corby in central England

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron resisted calls on Thursday to take in refugees in much greater numbers after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate. With the story all over the front pages and critics urging …

  • Image of dead boy piles pressure on UK's Cameron over Syrian refugees By Estelle Shirbon - Reuters - Thu, Sep 3, 2015
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to speak at Parliament in London

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure on Thursday to take in more refugees after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate. Cameron said on Wednesday that he did not think the answer was to take …

  • Aylan Kurdi: George Osborne blames Isis for death of Syrian boy pictured drowned on beach Ian Silvera - International Business Times - Thu, Sep 3, 2015
    Aylan Kurdi: Photographer who captured harrowing image of Syrian toddler describes 'pain and sorrow'

    George Osborne has blamed Islamic State (Isis) for the death of a Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, who was pictured washed up on a Turkish beach after his Kurdish family attempted to flee their homeland for Europe. The comments come after David Cameron was heavily criticised for saying that Britain should not take more refugees …

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne arrives at the jetty of the Royal Navy's submarine base at Faslane

    LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister George Osborne said on Thursday that he wished to re-appoint the current head of the country's budget watchdog, Robert Chote, to a second five-year term. Chote is chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, which produces Britain's official economic forecasts and …

  • EU referendum: How Europe's refugee crisis is scuppering David Cameron's reform dreams Shane Croucher - International Business Times - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
    EU referendum: How Europe's refugee crisis is scuppering David Cameron's reform dreams

    You don't get far in Europe by irritating the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is de facto leader of the European Union. Cameron called a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU to settle a debate that has been raging for a generation.

  • Britain's Prime Minister Cameron delivers a speech to an audience of pupils during a visit to Corby Technical School at Corby in central England

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has backed down over rules limiting the involvement of the government in campaigning before a referendum on European Union membership after members of parliament from his Conservative Party threatened to revolt, the BBC said. In the second concession on the referendum in two days, Cameron …