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Apr 20, 2015

Scottish nationalists call time on austerity and look to UK deal

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish National Party set out plans for higher public spending on Monday, aiming to reverse five years of austerity measures as it goes into a close-run UK election with hopes of winning the power to broker the next British government.

Polls show neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party are likely to win an outright majority at the May 7 election, the outcome of which could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence.

Apr 20, 2015

Scottish nationalists say end to austerity price for post-election UK deal

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish National Party will set out demands for higher spending and changes to British defence policy later on Monday ahead of a close UK-wide election it hopes will turn it into a kingmaker for a future minority Labour government.

Britain faces its most unpredictable election since the 1970s, with opinion polls showing neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party likely to win an outright majority in the May 7 vote.

Apr 16, 2015

Poll says UK’s Miliband wins last pre-election TV debate but PM Cameron absent

LONDON (Reuters) – A snap opinion poll declared opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband the winner of the final TV debate of a knife-edge British election campaign on Thursday, but Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t take part, making it an oddly unbalanced event.

With Cameron, his main rival, agreeing to only participate in one earlier debate, Miliband took a risk by appearing in Thursday’s contest which pitched him against the leaders of four smaller parties before the country’s May 7 election.

Apr 16, 2015

Cameron skips final pre-election TV debate in calculated gamble

LONDON (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain’s two main political parties are taking starkly different gambles on the final TV debate of a knife-edge election campaign on Thursday: Prime Minister David Cameron by not taking part and Labour leader Ed Miliband by turning up.

With most opinion polls showing Cameron’s Conservatives neck-and-neck with opposition Labour ahead of the May 7 vote, set to be the closest British election since the 1970s, both are seeking a game-changing moment.

Apr 14, 2015

UK’s Cameron woos voters with Thatcherite dream of home-owning democracy

SWINDON/LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron launched his party’s pre-election policy manifesto
on Tuesday, promising to deliver the “Conservative dream” of a
home-owning democracy, where over 1 million more families could
buy their homes cheaply.

With just three weeks before what is shaping up to be
Britain’s closest election since the 1970s, Cameron chose to
largely abandon negative campaigning amid criticism the strategy
was backfiring and focused on what he could offer voters.

Apr 13, 2015

Cameron’s party leads one pre-election poll, but others suggest race still tied

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives have taken a six-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of Britain’s May 7 election, an opinion poll showed on Monday, putting support for the centre-right party at a three-year high.

The ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper put the Conservatives on 39 percent, up three points since last month, giving them their highest standing in that polling series since March 2012. Labour dropped two percentage points to 33 percent.

Apr 7, 2015

Former PM Blair assails Cameron over EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to hold a European Union membership referendum if he is re-elected next month would lead to an intense period of uncertainty for businesses, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday.

Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour Party in most polls ahead of the May 7 vote, has promised to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Brussels, and then hold a referendum by the end of 2017.

Apr 7, 2015

Former British PM Blair assails Cameron over EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to hold a European Union membership referendum if he is re-elected next month would lead to an intense period of uncertainty for businesses, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday.

Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour Party in most polls ahead of the May 7 vote, has promised to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Brussels, and then hold a referendum by the end of 2017.

Apr 5, 2015

Cameron’s approval ratings turn positive ahead of election – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s net approval rating has edged into positive for the first time in nearly four years ahead of a national election next month, according to a poll published on Sunday.

The improvement in Cameron’s personal rating did not translate into a widening poll lead for his Conservative Party however, underlining the unpredictability of the May 7 vote, in which no one party is expected to secure an outright majority.

Mar 30, 2015

UK’s Labour bid to court business overshadowed by ad row

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour
Party faced embarrassment on Monday as an attempt to woo
businesses ahead of a national election was overshadowed by a
backlash from some of the firms it featured in a newspaper
advert.

Campaigning for the May 7 vote — which, with the main
Conservative and Labour parties neck and neck in most polls,
looks set to be Britain’s most closely fought national election
in decades — began on Monday when parliament was dissolved.

    • About Kylie

      "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."
      Joined Reuters:
      2008
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