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Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against “historic mistake” on immigration

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to placate domestic voters.

Cameron retorted that British voters were concerned about immigration, and he was responding to those concerns. He has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if his Conservative party wins a 2015 election, as he takes an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the EU and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against ‘historic mistake’ on immigration rhetoric

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to please domestic voters.

Barroso delivered his warning as Cameron, who has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if he wins a 2015 election, adopts an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the bloc and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 9, 2014

UK’s Liberal Democrats weigh future coalition options ahead of 2015 vote

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Since partnering with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in 2010, the junior party in Britain’s first coalition government since World War Two has watched its opinion poll ratings slump.

The Liberal Democrats have been hammered in local, parliamentary and European elections and pollsters predict they could lose around half their 56 lawmakers in the 2015 vote. Yet they could still hold the balance of power.

Oct 5, 2014

UK’s Liberal Democrats set coalition dividing lines ahead of 2015 vote

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, kingmakers at the 2010 election, said on Sunday that they would refuse to form another coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party if it insists on pulling the country out of the European Court of Human Rights.

The comments from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg are the latest example of strains emerging in the more than four-year-old coalition as the two parties seek to differentiate themselves ahead of a national vote in seven months.

Oct 5, 2014

UKIP on cusp of winning first parliament seat

CLACTON-ON-SEA England (Reuters) – As he walks through the southeastern English seaside town of Clacton with a large banner for the anti-EU UK Independence Party under his arm, there is no doubt who 47-year-old builder Phil Drew will vote for in an election this week.

A former supporter of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, Drew likes UKIP’s promise to curb immigration, he likes its plan to pull Britain out of the European Union, and he believes the established political parties are out of touch.

Sep 26, 2014

British anti-EU party targets opposition Labour voters before 2015 vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) said on Friday it would target working class voters in the north of England who traditionally back the opposition Labour party as it seeks to broaden support ahead of next May’s national election.

UKIP, which wants Britain to quit the European Union and to sharply curb immigration, has in the past been seen as more of an electoral threat to Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservatives. Many Conservatives fear UKIP could split the center-right vote and prevent them being re-elected.

Sep 26, 2014

UKIP targets opposition Labour voters before 2015 vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) said on Friday it would target working class voters in the north of England who traditionally back the opposition Labour party as it seeks to broaden support ahead of next May’s national election.

UKIP, which wants Britain to quit the European Union and to sharply curb immigration, has in the past been seen as more of an electoral threat to Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservatives. Many Conservatives fear UKIP could split the centre-right vote and prevent them being re-elected.

Sep 21, 2014

Nationalist leader says Scots tricked out of independence

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Defeated Scottish nationalist chief Alex Salmond accused Britain’s political leaders on Sunday of tricking Scots out of independence after a dispute about how and when to give them more powers.

Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after failing to persuade Scots to leave the United Kingdom, accused Britain’s three main political parties of winning last Thursday’s referendum by 55-45 percent by making a false promise of new powers.

Sep 21, 2014

Salmond says Scots tricked out of independence

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Defeated Scottish nationalist chief Alex Salmond accused Britain’s political leaders on Sunday of tricking Scots out of independence after a dispute about how and when to give them more powers.

Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after failing to persuade Scots to leave the United Kingdom, accused Britain’s three main political parties of winning last Thursday’s referendum by 55-45 percent by making a false promise of new powers.

Sep 21, 2014

Eyeing 2015 election, UK’s Labour pledges rise in minimum wage

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party promised on Sunday to raise the national minimum wage by more than 25 percent within five years if it wins next year’s national election, a pledge designed to win over voters hit by rising living costs.

Earnings in Britain have lagged behind inflation since the 2008 financial crisis. The rising cost of everything from gas to train tickets has shot up the political agenda since the return of economic growth forced Labour to shift its line of attack on the Conservative-led government ahead of the May 2015 vote.

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      "Kylie MacLellan covers equity capital markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa, with a particular focus on initial public offerings. She previously spent a year working in the UK politics and general news team, specialising in industrial relations and other employment related issues such as welfare."
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