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Jan 27, 2014

TV cook Nigella Lawson faces no action over drugs: police

LONDON (Reuters) – British TV cook Nigella Lawson will not face legal action after admitting to a court that she had taken drugs, as a prosecution could deter future witnesses from being truthful, police said on Monday.

Lawson, 54, dubbed the “Domestic Goddess” after the title of one of her cookery books, made headlines globally when she told a court she had taken cocaine several times and smoked cannabis at the end of her 10-year marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi.

Jan 23, 2014

Poverty porn or harsh reality? British argue over TV show on welfare recipients

LONDON (Reuters) – A fly-on-the-wall documentary about a British street where most residents live on welfare payments has fuelled a politically-charged debate as the government cuts spending on benefits.

Dubbed “poverty porn” by critics, the five-part Benefits Street on Channel 4 chronicles life on James Turner Street in Birmingham, where recovering drug addict Fungi lives alongside jobless Becky and Mark who struggle to control their children.

Jan 22, 2014

Scottish unemployment falls as economy dominates independence debate

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish government brandished a drop in unemployment to its lowest in almost five years as proof of the strength of its economy, saying this backed its argument that Scotland would be better off as an independent country.

The unemployment rate fell 0.9 percentage points to 6.4 percent in the three months to November, giving Scotland a lower unemployment rate and higher youth employment rate than the rest of the UK where the overall jobless rate was 7.1 percent.

Jan 17, 2014

Church of England says unlikely to quit fossil fuel investment

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The Church of England pushed back
on Friday from calls to get rid of its investments in companies
extracting or selling fossil fuels, saying it would mean a
financial hit and it was better to use shareholder influence to
pressure change.

The church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is
reviewing its policy on ethical investment related to climate
change, with some church officials calling for disinvestment
from such companies to highlight the need to move to a
low-carbon economy.

Jan 16, 2014

UK swing to the right could lift Scottish independence campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – The struggling campaign for Scottish independence could get a lift from an expected swing to an anti-EU party in Britain’s European parliament elections in May, the leader of Scotland’s Green Party said on Thursday.

With eight months until a September 18 referendum, opinion polls show about half of Scots oppose ending the 307-year-old union with England, about a third favor the Scottish National Party’s bid for independence and around 15 percent are undecided.

Jan 15, 2014
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British asylum for Afghan atheist hailed as ground-breaking decision

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(Britain’s Home Office in central London March 29, 2007. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico)

Britain’s decision to grant asylum to an atheist Afghan citizen for religious reasons was hailed  as ground-breaking for giving the same rights to non-religious people as to the religious.

Jan 14, 2014

Dave Lee Travis first in court in trials over showbiz sex abuse

LONDON (Reuters) – The first in a list of ageing celebrities accused of sexually abusing young fans over many years went on trial on Tuesday in an investigation that has rocked confidence in the BBC, Britain’s national broadcaster.

One of Britain’s best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and 1980s, the BBC’s Dave Lee Travis, who counted Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, is facing 14 charges involving 11 women aged from 15 upwards that date from between 1976 and 2008.

Jan 14, 2014

Ex-DJ first in court in UK trials over showbiz sex abuse

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The first in a list of ageing
celebrities accused of sexually abusing young fans over many
years went on trial on Tuesday in an investigation that has
rocked confidence in the BBC, Britain’s national broadcaster.

One of Britain’s best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and
1980s, the BBC’s Dave Lee Travis, who counted Myanmar’s Aung San
Suu Kyi among his fans, is facing 14 charges involving 11 women
aged from 15 upwards that date from between 1976 and 2008.

Jan 13, 2014

Britain promises to honor all state debt as Scottish vote approaches

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain sought on Monday to reassure bondholders by promising to honor all 1.2 trillion pounds ($2.2 trillion) of UK government debt regardless of whether Scots vote for independence in a referendum this year.

But with the terms of any Scottish breakaway yet to be defined, it was unclear how the Treasury would work out the “fair and proportionate share” of Britain’s liabilities that it wants Scots to take on if they vote to end a 307-year-old union with England.

Jan 9, 2014

Bastille, Disclosure lead top UK music awards, Bowie returns

LONDON (Reuters) – Pop acts Bastille and Disclosure led the field for Britain’s top music awards on Thursday with four nominations each, while veteran singer David Bowie was up for two of the annual BRIT Awards in a list dominated by a newcomers.

Alternative rock band Bastille and the electronic duo Disclosure of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence were both in the running for best British group and British breakthrough act of the year, while also competing for best single and best album.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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      Swedish, Spanish, French
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