LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s embattled Co-operative
Group said on Wednesday it was selling its farming
business and looking at offloading its pharmacies as the BBC
reported the group was about to report the worst loss in its
The sales are part of a restructuring at the member-owned
group rocked in the past year by the discovery of a 1.5 billion
pound ($2.5 billion) capital hole in its banking arm and a drugs
scandal involving ex-chairman, Methodist minister Paul Flowers.
LONDON (Reuters) – Leading Christian clergy in Britain, including the head of the Church of England, attacked welfare cuts by the Conservative-led government on Thursday, putting them at odds with Prime Minister David Cameron.
As Britain struggles to reduce its large budget deficit, the government has embarked on a radical shake-up of the welfare system that makes up 20 percent of public spending and has vowed to cut costs if returned to power in an election next year.
LONDON (Reuters) – The first opinion poll since Britain’s rulers warned Scots they would lose the pound if they voted to leave the United Kingdom showed a slight increase in support for independence ahead of a referendum on the issue scheduled for September 18.
Politicians in London have tried to undermine the case for independence by cautioning that breaking the 307-year-old union with England would make Scots poorer.
LONDON (Reuters) – More Scots would prefer the Scottish parliament to be given greater powers to control their tax and spending than the riskier option of independence from the United Kingdom, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
Social research institute ScotCen found further devolution, or “devo max”, was the preferred future for many Scots although this option will not feature when they go to vote on September 18 on whether Scotland should break away from Britain.
Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality.
LONDON (Reuters) – Separatist leader Alex Salmond insisted on Monday that Scotland would keep the pound if it left the UK and accused British politicians of bluffing by ruling out a currency union in a campaign of fear that would provoke a backlash from Scots.
Salmond is fighting a concerted attempt by London to prevent a “yes” verdict in a September 18 referendum on independence by undermining his central economic case that oil-rich Scotland could be a prosperous, independent nation.
LONDON (Reuters) – The harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Film award at Britain’s top movie honours on Sunday, cementing its status as favourite for the Oscars next month, but it was the space thriller “Gravity” that claimed the biggest trophy haul.
“12 Years a Slave”, by British director Steve McQueen with Hollywood’s Brad Pitt as a producer, had been tipped as the night’s major winner and also won Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man tricked and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States.
LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The space thriller “Gravity” was
crowned the outstanding British film at the UK’s top film
honours on Sunday, with the harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”
tipped to emerge as the night’s major winner.
Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, both
in tuxedos, descended on London for the British Academy Film
Awards (BAFTAs), which come two weeks before the Academy Awards
and are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success.
LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood stars descended on London on Sunday for the UK’s top film awards with local director Steve McQueen tipped to win the best film prize for his harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”.
The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success – the winning film at London has taken the top prize in Hollywood for the past two years.
LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Hollywood stars descended on
London on Sunday for the UK’s top film awards with local
director Steve McQueen tipped to win the best film prize for his
harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”.
The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two
weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators
of Oscar success – the winning film at London has taken the top
prize in Hollywood for the past two years.