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Nov 26, 2013

UK prosecutors say no conspiracy against minister in ‘pleb’ row

LONDON (Reuters) – A British government minister who resigned after a foul-mouthed altercation with armed police outside Prime Minister David Cameron’s office was not the victim of a criminal conspiracy to smear him, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Andrew Mitchell stood down in 2012 amid disputed reports that he had called police officers who had refused to open a gate for him “plebs”, a derogatory term for working class people that is laden with prejudice.

Nov 20, 2013

David Cameron orders inquiry into former Co-op bank boss debacle

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron promised an inquiry into how the Co-operative Bank had been “driven into the wall” by former chairman Paul Flowers and asked why alarm bells over his behaviour hadn’t rung earlier.

Flowers, a one-time local Labour politician and Methodist preacher with no banking qualifications, oversaw the Co-op’s near-collapse during his tenure as chairman from 2010 to June. Video of him allegedly arranging to buy illegal drugs was exposed by a newspaper at the weekend.

Nov 20, 2013

British PM orders inquiry into former Co-op bank boss debacle

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron promised an inquiry into how the Co-operative Bank had
been “driven into the wall” by former chairman Paul Flowers and
asked why alarm bells over his behaviour hadn’t rung earlier.

Flowers, a one-time local Labour politician and Methodist
preacher with no banking qualifications, oversaw the Co-op’s
near-collapse during his tenure as chairman from 2010 to June.
Video of him allegedly arranging to buy illegal drugs was
exposed by a newspaper at the weekend.

Nov 18, 2013

Britain may tax foreign property investors -deputy PM

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain may impose new taxes on
foreign property investors in response to soaring house prices
in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Monday.

Demand from foreign buyers, especially from Asia and the
euro zone, has stoked concerns of a property bubble and worries
that many Britons are being priced out of the market.

Nov 18, 2013

Tycoon to fund British anti-EU party’s European election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – A rich British businessman said on Monday he would “do whatever it takes” to help the UK Independence Party fight next year’s European Union polls, where gains for the anti-EU group could hurt Prime Minister David Cameron’s chances of winning a second term.

UKIP, a right-wing group that wants to leave the EU and impose tighter immigration controls, is leaching support from Cameron’s Conservatives and poses one of the biggest obstacles to his re-election at a national poll in May 2015.

Nov 13, 2013

British utility bills to rise above inflation for 17 years

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s utility bills will continue to rise above inflation for the next 17 years to pay for infrastructure investment, the government’s spending watchdog said on Wednesday in a report that stoked a political debate over high living costs.

The National Audit Office said planned infrastructure work will cost 310 billion pounds and families will pay for two-thirds of that total through higher bills.

Nov 12, 2013

Britain’s Cameron could persuade skeptical voters to stay in EU: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – A majority of British voters would choose to stay in the European Union if Prime Minister David Cameron succeeds in renegotiating London’s ties with the 28-nation bloc, a poll found on Tuesday.

Cameron promised in January to try to reach a new settlement with the EU before holding an in/out referendum by the end of 2017, provided he wins the 2015 election.

Nov 7, 2013

Britain’s Cameron to demand Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday he will demand that Sri Lanka investigates allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses when he visits the country for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders next week.

Cameron said he wanted to “shine the international spotlight on the lack of progress” in the Indian Ocean island since the end of a long civil war in 2009.

Nov 7, 2013

Cameron to demand Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday he will demand that Sri Lanka investigates allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses when he visits the country for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders next week.

Cameron said he wanted to “shine the international spotlight on the lack of progress” in the Indian Ocean island since the end of a long civil war in 2009.

Nov 5, 2013

British lawmakers demand review of Prince Charles’s tax affairs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles should face greater tax scrutiny of his multi-million pound income from his centuries-old Duchy of Cornwall estate, an influential committee of lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, the panel that has led inquiries into the tax affairs of Amazon, Starbucks and Google, called on the finance ministry in a report to review the hereditary estate’s historic tax exemptions.