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Jun 4, 2013

Priceless crown stars at the Queen’s 60th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) – A fanfare of trumpets and cheering crowds greeted the Queen on the 60th anniversary of her coronation on Tuesday, with a service in Westminster Abbey featuring a priceless crown that has adorned the heads of British monarchs for 350 years.

Decorated with rubies, sapphires and amethysts, the golden St Edward’s crown was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 and has been used to crown every British monarch since.

May 4, 2013

Shed the elitist image, Britain’s Cameron is warned

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron must shed his elitist image and connect with ordinary voters, a senior party member said on Saturday, after the anti-EU UK Independence Party scored major gains in local polls at the expense of the ruling Conservatives.

Discontent with immigration levels was a key factor behind UKIP’s dramatic victory in Thursday’s local council elections, in which it won over 25 percent of votes and recorded the best result for a party outside the big three since World War Two.

May 4, 2013

Shed the elitist image, Cameron is warned

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron must shed his elitist image and connect with ordinary voters, a senior party member said on Saturday, after the anti-EU UK Independence Party scored major gains in local polls at the expense of the ruling Conservatives.

Discontent with immigration levels was a key factor behind UKIP’s dramatic victory in Thursday’s local council elections, in which it won over 25 percent of votes and recorded the best result for a party outside the big three since World War Two.

Apr 8, 2013

Iron Lady Thatcher changed face of Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, was a towering figure in British 20th century politics, a grocer’s daughter with a steely resolve who was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions and privatized vast swathes of industry.

She died on Monday, aged 87, after suffering a stroke. During her life in politics Some worshipped her as a modernizer who transformed the country, others bitterly accused her of entrenching the divide between the rich and the poor.

Feb 3, 2013

Cameron urged to delay gay marriage vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party urged him on Sunday to delay a parliamentary vote this week on gay marriage, warning the issue could weaken the party and harm his chances of re-election.

Cameron has pledged his personal support for a gay marriage bill but many in his party and among his legislators oppose it on moral grounds and say the government has no mandate to push it through parliament.

Feb 3, 2013

UK PM Cameron urged to delay gay marriage vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Members of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party urged him on Sunday to delay a parliamentary vote this week on gay marriage, warning the issue could weaken the party and harm his chances of re-election.

Cameron has pledged his personal support for a gay marriage bill but many in his party and among his legislators oppose it on moral grounds and say the government has no mandate to push it through parliament.

Dec 30, 2012

Britain faces cold 2013 as Olympic glow fades -newspapers

LONDON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron’s “odd-couple” coalition government will come under
increased strain in 2013, newspapers predicted, with the
divisive issue of Europe aggravating tenisons between them as
the feelgood factor of the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee fades.

Two key moments will be Cameron’s long-awaited speech on
Britain’s relations with the European Union, expected in the
next few weeks, and local government elections in May which
could prompt a revolt against Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime
Minister Nick Clegg.

Nov 22, 2012

Royal Opera chief gets top job at scandal-hit BBC

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The BBC on Thursday named a
former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the
broadcaster and restore public faith after sex abuse scandals
tarnished the reputation of one of Britain’s most treasured
institutions.

Tony Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace
George Entwistle, who resigned as director-general this month
after failing to get to grips with a crisis which threw the
90-year-old state-funded organisation into turmoil.

Nov 22, 2012

Opera boss gets top job at scandal-hit BBC

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The BBC appointed a former
journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the
broadcaster on Thursday after sex abuse scandals that shook
public trust in one of Britain’s most treasured institutions.

Tony Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace
George Entwistle who resigned as director-general this month
after failing to get to grips with a scandal that threw the
90-year-old state-funded organisation into turmoil.

May 4, 2012

UK demands Argentina apologise for Falklands ad

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Britain demanded an apology from
Argentina on Friday, accusing it of exploiting the upcoming
Olympic Games for political purposes by broadcasting a
“tasteless and insulting” TV advert that reasserted its claim to
the disputed Falkland Islands.

The offending advert shows an Argentine hockey player
training in the Falklands – the contested archipelago in the
South Atlantic which the two countries fought over in 1982 – and
exercising on the steps of a war memorial to British soldiers.