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  • A BP logo is seen at a petrol station in London

    (Reuters) - Britain's outgoing government has told BP Plc that it wants the company to remain a British industrial champion and it would oppose any takeover of the oil producer, the Financial Times reported. The message follows the $70 billion (46 billion pound) deal to acquire rival producer BG by oil major Royal Dutch …

  • Supporters of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband hold placards as they wait outside a coffee shop which he stopped at during a campaign visit to north London

    (Reuters) - Opposition Labour Party has a one percentage point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Sun newspaper published on Sunday. The poll showed Labour on 34 percent and the Conservatives on 33 percent, polling company YouGov said. The two main parties …

  • Britain's opposition Labour party leader Miliband addresses an audience during a campaign event in London

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king. The policy shift, by Labour leader Ed …

  • Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband gestures at an election campaign event in north London

    The Labour Party said on Sunday it would introduce rent controls if it wins an election on May 7 and ban private landlords from raising rents above the rate of inflation for the duration of new three-year contracts. Left-wing Labour and Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right Conservatives are neck-and-neck in most …

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends a Service of Commemoration at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaigns, in London, England

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has become Britain's wealthiest man, a "rich list" published annually by The Sunday Times newspaper showed on Sunday, but the Queen slipped down the rankings despite her net worth growing. Boosted largely by rising stock markets, the newspaper …

  • Analysis - Productivity puzzle to tax UK election victor By David Milliken - Reuters - 17 hours ago
    The Conservative party election bus faces the Liberal Democrat bus before a day of campaigning in London

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Less than two weeks away from a knife-edge election, Britain's biggest economic problem, stagnant productivity, has barely surfaced in the political debate. Whoever wins on May 7 will struggle to keep their promises unless Britain can find a way to follow up on the strongest job creation …

  • The Conservative Party campaign bus waits outside a venue in Lincoln, Britain

    Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party has taken a 3 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday newspaper ahead of the May 7 election. The poll put the Conservatives up 3 percentage points on 33 percent, with support for Labour dropping 4 percentage …

  • Supporters of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband hold placards as they wait outside a coffee shop which he stopped at during a campaign visit to north London

    Britain's opposition Labour Party has a two percentage point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, according to a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times. The poll showed Labour on 34 percent and the Conservatives on 32 percent, according to the paper. The two main parties have been neck-and-neck in most opinion …

  • British PM Cameron speaks during a campaign visit in Frinton-on-Sea

    David Cameron's Conservative Party saw its lead in an opinion poll narrow on Saturday, with a survey for the Observer newspaper giving it a 1 percentage point lead over the Labour Party ahead of the May 7 election. The poll by market research company Opinium put the Conservatives on 34 percent, with support for Labour …

  • British PM Cameron speaks during a campaign visit in Frinton-on-Sea

    Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to forget which football team he supported on Saturday, drawing ridicule on social media just days ahead of an election in a country known for its love of sport. Cameron, a descendant of King William IV and an alumnus of the elite Eton College, was left looking embarrassed after referring …

  • Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine stand next to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London

    The leader of the Lib Dems ruled out joining a government that relied on support from Scotland's nationalists, raising a potential obstacle to a coalition deal with the Labour Party after a national election on May 7. Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister who may again be kingmaker after a knife-edge election, also said he …

  • United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)  leader Nigel Farage enjoys a pint of beer during a visit to mark St George's day at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate, southern England

    Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election. "There were a lot of rumours at the start of this campaign that I was unwell which …

  • Britain's  Prime Minister David Cameron presents the Conservative party election manifesto in Swindon

    The poll gave Labour a 2 point lead, less than the poll's margin of error. Thirty-five percent of voters supported the Labour Party versus 33 percent for the Conservatives - both unchanged from Thursday, polling company YouGov said.

  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite By Steve Slater and Sinead Cruise - Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    A branch of HSBC bank is seen near Westminster Abbey, in central London

    By Steve Slater and Sinead Cruise LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC , Europe's biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC …

  • Cameron shifts tack as election campaign fails to shift dial By Andrew Osborn - Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    British Prime Minister David Cameron looks on during an event in Lincoln

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's advisers thought his economic record would have delivered a solid poll lead by now. The absence of a breakthrough coupled with a stronger than expected performance from Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, is dampening the mood …