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Sep 11, 2013

Miliband sees rating shrink as record questioned

LONDON (Reuters) – British Labour leader Ed Miliband, the main challenger to Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015 elections, has suffered a sharp slide in his personal ratings and his party’s lead has been cut to a thin margin, a poll found on Wednesday.

Miliband has faced criticism from inside and outside his party over his leadership style, his reform of Labour’s historic links with trade unions and the tactics he used to effectively block Britain’s involvement in possible strikes against Syria.

Sep 9, 2013

Pro-EU minister: UK’s Cameron won’t win back powers from Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron has little hope of persuading other European Union states to return significant powers to Britain before a promised referendum on whether to stay in the bloc, a senior member of his pro-EU coalition partners said on Monday.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, one of the leading figures in the Europhile Liberal Democrats, said Cameron’s attempts to negotiate a new role for Britain would probably be blocked by other members of the 28-nation alliance.

Sep 9, 2013

Osborne hails growing economy, slams “disastrous” Labour plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne will declare on Monday that an accelerating economy vindicates his austerity programme and accuse his political opponents of promising a “disastrous” change of course.

Breaking his silence on the signs of a revival, Osborne will argue that a run of strong figures suggests the government has won the economic argument, having ignored Labour calls to cut more slowly.

Sep 8, 2013

UK’s Osborne hails growing economy, slams ‘disastrous’ Labour plans

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister George
Osborne will declare on Monday that an accelerating economy
vindicates his austerity programme and accuse his political
opponents of promising a “disastrous” change of course.

Breaking his silence on the signs of a revival, Osborne will
argue that a run of strong figures suggests the government has
won the economic argument, having ignored opposition Labour
calls to cut more slowly.

Sep 8, 2013

Britain’s Prince Andrew accepts police apology after confrontation

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew accepted an apology from the police on Sunday after armed officers stopped him in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, days after two men were held in a security breach at the British monarch’s London residence.

Police shouted at the 53-year-old prince, fifth in line to the throne, to “put your hands up and get on the ground”, the Sunday Express newspaper said, citing an unnamed royal source.

Sep 4, 2013

Britain names new envoy to try to reshape EU ties

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Prime Minister David Cameron’s most senior advisors is to become Britain’s new ambassador to the European Union, the government said on Wednesday, a role at the center of efforts to reshape ties with the EU before a possible in/out referendum.

Former finance ministry official Ivan Rogers, who advises Cameron on the EU and global issues, will be handed one of the toughest jobs in diplomacy at a historic moment in Britain’s often tortured relationship with its biggest trading partner.

Sep 4, 2013

Miliband suffers funding setback before 2015 election

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband suffered a double blow on Wednesday when one of his party’s biggest donors slashed its funding and an opinion poll exposed serious doubts over his authority.

The survey, carried out early this week, suggested Miliband’s standing had failed to benefit from the coalition government’s historic defeat in the British parliament over military action in Syria.

Sep 4, 2013

British Labour leader suffers funding setback before 2015 election

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband suffered a double blow on Wednesday when one of his party’s biggest donors slashed its funding and an opinion poll exposed serious doubts over his authority.

The survey, carried out early this week, suggested Miliband’s standing had failed to benefit from the coalition government’s historic defeat in the British parliament over military action in Syria.

Sep 2, 2013

Britain must renegotiate flawed aircraft carrier deals – panel

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Britain should negotiate new
contracts for two aircraft carriers and fighter jets to avoid
the risk of budgets spiralling further out of control at
taxpayers’ expense, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The project for the biggest ships ever built for the Royal
Navy has fuelled broader criticism of the defence ministry’s
handling of expensive weapons programmes at a time of spending
cuts across the public sector.

Aug 12, 2013

Britain weighs legal action against Spain on Gibraltar

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain warned Spain on Monday it might take legal action to try to force Madrid to abandon tighter controls at the border with the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar in what it called an “unprecedented” step against a European ally.

The warning coincided with the departure of a British warship for Gibraltar, played down by the British and Spanish governments as part of a long planned, routine exercise but which underscored heightened tensions over the territory.