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Jul 18, 2012

Britain to set further Afghan troop drawdown at end 2012

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (Reuters) – - Britain will decide at the end of this year how many of its troops will leave Afghanistan in 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday after arriving in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit.

Britain is due to withdraw 500 soldiers by the end of this year, but Cameron would not say how many would be repatriated next year, adding only that he was confident the shift of security duties from British to Afghan forces was going well.

Jul 16, 2012

Leaders unite to scotch talk of coalition divorce

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s shaky coalition government put on a show of unity on Monday, promising to stay together in what critics have dubbed a “marriage of inconvenience” to fix the country’s ailing economy and tackle its big budget deficit.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, dismissed suggestions they were like a warring couple, in a rare joint public address following a week of acrimony that spurred talk of an imminent divorce.

Jul 11, 2012

Cameron furious after biggest party revolt

LONDON (Reuters) – A revolt against Prime Minister David Cameron within his own Conservative party has damaged his authority this week, threatening an already fragile coalition government at a time of growing public anger with his leadership.

In a dramatic move late on Tuesday, 91 rebel Conservatives forced Cameron to drop a crucial vote on reforming parliament’s upper chamber, or the House of Lords – a key demand of his Liberal Democrat partners in coalition government.

Jul 11, 2012

Britain’s Cameron furious after biggest party revolt

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – A revolt against British Prime
Minister David Cameron within his own Conservative party has
damaged his authority this week, threatening an already fragile
coalition government at a time of growing public anger with his
leadership.

In a dramatic move late on Tuesday, 91 rebel Conservatives
forced Cameron to drop a crucial vote on reforming parliament’s
upper chamber, or the House of Lords – a key demand of his
Liberal Democrat partners in coalition government.

Jul 10, 2012

Facing defeat, government drops Lords reform vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Facing its first major parliamentary defeat, Britain’s coalition government on Tuesday at the last minute dropped plans for a controversial vote on reforming parliament’s unelected upper chamber, the Lords.

The government seemed set to lose the vote after scores of politicians within Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservative party threatened to rebel over the plan to make the Lords a mostly elected, rather than appointed, chamber.

Jul 10, 2012

Facing defeat, British government drops Lords reform vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Facing its first major parliamentary defeat, Britain’s coalition government on Tuesday at the last minute dropped plans for a controversial vote on reforming parliament’s unelected upper chamber, the House of Lords.

The government seemed set to lose the vote after scores of lawmakers within Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservative party threatened to rebel over the plan to make the Lords a mostly elected, rather than appointed, chamber.

Jul 9, 2012

Cameron faces major rebellion over Lords reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron faces one of the biggest rebellions of his premiership after more than a fifth of his own party threatened on Monday to vote against plans to reform parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords.

The Conservative Party revolt also threatens to take a sledgehammer to Cameron’s coalition government with the Lib Dems, whose push to make the Lords an elected rather than an appointed chamber is a key condition of the coalition deal.

Jul 5, 2012

UK denies army cuts undermine its military might

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s defense secretary hit back on Thursday at accusations that cuts to army numbers put the country at risk and reduced its standing as military power, as he outlined a major shake-up of the force’s structure.

Philip Hammond said Britain’s army, whose regular trained members will be cut to 82,000 from 102,000 by 2020 to save money, would still be able to deploy a similar-sized force to that sent to Afghanistan.

Jul 2, 2012

Cameron under strain, on defence over EU vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestion he is ready to hold a referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union backfired on Monday after his opponents and some in his own party accused him of sending vague or conflicting messages.

Cameron appeared to rule out such a vote on Friday – at least for now – telling voters after an EU summit it would not be “the right thing to do”, but on Sunday he said the words “Europe” and “referendum” could go together.

Jul 2, 2012

Stone Roses reunion triumph leaves fans wanting more

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Stone Roses staged one of the most eagerly anticipated reunions in British pop over the weekend, and despite rain and an overloaded transport system to and from the gigs, the Manchester band left hundreds of thousands of fans wanting more.

Lead singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield and drummer Alan “Reni” Wren played to three sellout crowds at Heaton Park in Manchester on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, formally burying their highly personal hatchets.