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Jan 29, 2013

UKIP leader sees EU exit in “few years”

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union “within a few years” is a certainty as no government will be able to resist demands for an exit from a population incensed by the arrival of low-wage migrants, the leader of the UK Independence Party said.

Nigel Farage, who is siphoning off voters from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives by attacking EU bureaucracy and immigration from eastern Europe, said it was the dramatic rise of his own party that had pressured the premier into promising last week what would be a historic EU referendum.

Jan 29, 2013

British anti-EU leader sees exit in “few years”

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union “within a few years” is a certainty as no government will be able to resist demands for an exit from a population incensed by the arrival of low-wage migrants, the leader of the UK Independence Party said.

Nigel Farage, who is siphoning off voters from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives by attacking EU bureaucracy and immigration from eastern Europe, said it was the dramatic rise of his own party that had pressured the premier into promising last week what would be a historic EU referendum.

Dec 4, 2012

London Mayor demands pared back EU links for Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – London Mayor Boris Johnson heaped pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday by calling for a referendum on a deeply pared back British membership of the European Union.

Johnson, speaking at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event, said the euro was a calamitous project and that Britain should negotiate a new treaty to prevent its slide out of the world’s biggest economic area.

Nov 15, 2012

BBC pay out 185,000 pounds over false abuse claim

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The BBC agreed to pay 185,000
pounds ($295,000) on Thursday to a former treasurer of Britain’s
Conservative Party wrongly accused of child sex abuse as a
result of one of its reports.

The settlement came as media reports said one of the BBC’s
former stars had been arrested as part of an ongoing police
investigation into sex crimes centred on the publicly funded
broadcaster.

Nov 15, 2012

McAlpine nears deal with BBC for false abuse claim

LONDON (Reuters) – A former treasurer of Britain’s Conservative Party, wrongly accused of child sex abuse, edged closer to a settlement with the BBC on Thursday and his lawyer said those who had sullied his client’s reputation should get in touch and reach deals.

The threat may ensnare hundreds of Twitter users and bloggers who wrongly named Lord Alistair McAlpine, an ally of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as the unidentified Conservative accused in a BBC report of abusing boys in social care.

Nov 12, 2012

News chief steps aside as BBC crisis deepens

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of news at the British Broadcasting Corporation stepped aside on Monday after a program falsely accusing a former senior politician of child abuse sparked one of the worst crises in the publicly-funded broadcaster’s 90-year history.

The BBC has been rocked by two news programs, one that falsely accused the politician which was broadcast last week, and another which alleged child sex abuse by a former star presenter, the late Jimmy Savile, but which was not aired.

Nov 9, 2012

UK sex abuse victim apologizes to Thatcher party treasurer

LONDON (Reuters) – A child rape victim apologised on Friday to an ally of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher who had been falsely identified on the Internet as his abuser, after days of furious speculation of a high-level paedophile ring in Britain.

Steven Messham, who had told the BBC he had been repeatedly sexually abused as a child in social care by a leading political figure in the late 1970s, said former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Alistair McAlpine was not among his attackers.

Nov 9, 2012

Thatcher’s party treasurer denies UK child abuse

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The treasurer of the Conservative
Party under former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denied on
Friday allegations he had sexually abused children in the 1970s,
casting doubt on a BBC report that stoked fears of an elite
British paedophile ring.

Lord Alistair McAlpine, a Thatcher ally who served as
Conservative treasurer from 1975 to 1990, said ill-informed
commentators had wrongly named him in a “media frenzy” as the
mystery paedophile accused by one victim in a BBC report on the
rape of children in social care.

Nov 8, 2012

UK pedophile scandal risks becoming gay witch-hunt: David Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Speculation about the identity of a senior Conservative party member accused of child sex abuse could descend into a “witch-hunt” of homosexuals, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday.

Cameron ordered an investigation this week after a child abuse victim said a prominent member of the prime minister’s party had abused him during the 1970s, prompting Internet speculation over who the politician might be.

Nov 8, 2012

Paedophile scandal risks becoming gay witch-hunt – Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Speculation about the identity of a senior Conservative party member accused of child sex abuse could descend into a “witch-hunt” of homosexuals, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday.

Cameron ordered an investigation this week after a child abuse victim said a prominent member of the prime minister’s party had abused him during the 1970s, prompting Internet speculation over who the politician might be.