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Jul 17, 2013

Britain drops plans for minimum alcohol prices

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The British government, trying
to cut the cost to society of excessive drinking, will ban the
sale of drinks at a loss but has abandoned plans to introduce a
minimum alcohol price, ministers said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron said in March 2012 that a
minimum price was needed to tackle binge drinking, cut crime and
reduce health problems. He said the government was committed to
ending a situation where some beer was cheaper than water.

Jul 14, 2013

Britain should seek EU reform, not “special deal” – pro-EU group

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should abandon attempts to secure a new “special deal” from the European Union and push instead for reform covering all 28 members of the bloc, a cross-party campaign group that opposes leaving the EU said on Monday.

Prime Minister David Cameron promotes a flagship policy of clawing back powers from Brussels and then holding the first referendum on Britain’s EU membership in nearly 40 years.

Jul 14, 2013

Airlines insist they’ll stick with Boeing Dreamliner after fire

LONDON (Reuters) – Airlines expressed confidence in the safety of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner on Sunday as investigators searched for the cause of a fire on one of the advanced jets and billions were wiped off the company’s market value.

British officials said initial checks into what they called a serious incident appeared to rule out any link to the battery-related problems that grounded the Dreamliner fleet for three months earlier this year.

Jul 14, 2013

J.K. Rowling outed as writer of acclaimed crime novel

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a crime novel that has been hailed as one of the best debut detective stories in years.

Rowling wrote “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the name Robert Galbraith and kept up the pretence that it was the work of a married father of two and former undercover investigator.

Jul 11, 2013

Pay rise for MPs angers austerity-hit Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s MPs will get a 9 percent pay rise under a proposal announced on Thursday that outraged a public struggling with wage freezes, high living costs and a government austerity drive.

The proposal – which, ironically, was made by a panel created to mend parliament’s image after an expenses scandal – is uncomfortable for David Cameron, a prime minister seen by many as part of an out-of-touch elite, adrift from the worries of most voters.

Jul 11, 2013

Pay rise for parliamentarians angers austerity-hit Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s members of parliament will get a 9 percent pay rise under a proposal announced on Thursday that outraged a public struggling with wage freezes, high living costs and a government austerity drive.

The proposal – which, ironically, was made by a panel created to mend parliament’s image after an expenses scandal – is uncomfortable for David Cameron, a prime minister seen by many as part of an out-of-touch elite, adrift from the worries of most voters.

Jul 5, 2013

Britain’s PM Cameron wins symbolic vote on EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron won a parliamentary vote on Friday on making a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership legally binding, but his victory is largely symbolic as it will not tie the hands of a future government.

Trailing in the polls before a 2015 election, Cameron hopes his support for the bill will end his Conservative Party’s feuds over Europe, win back voters lost to anti-EU rivals and expose the opposition Labor Party’s refusal to back a referendum.

Jul 5, 2013

Cameron wins symbolic vote on EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron won a parliamentary vote on Friday on making a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership legally binding, but his victory is largely symbolic as it will not tie the hands of a future government.

Trailing in the polls before a 2015 election, Cameron hopes his support for the bill will end his Conservative Party’s feuds over Europe, win back voters lost to anti-EU rivals and expose the opposition Labour Party’s refusal to back a referendum.

Jul 5, 2013

Labour loses election head after row over unions’ role

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party leader suffered a setback in his fight to replace David Cameron as prime minister on Thursday when his election coordinator quit after a row over whether unions manipulated its selection of candidates.

Less than two years before voters go to the polls, Tom Watson stepped down, saying in a letter to Ed Miliband that it was “better for you and the future unity of the party that I go now”.

Jul 4, 2013

Britain’s Labour loses election head after row over unions’ role

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party leader suffered a setback in his fight to replace David Cameron as prime minister on Thursday when his election coordinator quit after a row over whether unions manipulated its selection of candidates.

Less than two years before voters go to the polls, Tom Watson stepped down, saying in a letter to Ed Miliband that it was “better for you and the future unity of the party that I go now”.