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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.

Mar 26, 2012

UK fuel tanker truck drivers vote to strike

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – British fuel tanker drivers
voted on Monday to go on strike to improve terms and conditions,
raising the prospect of disruption of supply to petrol stations
around the country in the run-up to the July London Olympics.

A spokeswoman for the Unite union said it needed to give
seven days’ notice, so a strike could begin next Monday at the
earliest.

Dec 21, 2011

Government plans to cut solar subsidy ruled legally flawed

LONDON (Reuters) – The government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes were ruled legally flawed by the High Court Wednesday.

The decision was a victory for environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and two solar companies, Solar Century and HomeSun, who said the plans were creating economic uncertainty.

Dec 21, 2011

UK plan to cut solar subsidy ruled legally flawed

LONDON (Reuters) – British government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes were ruled legally flawed by the High Court on Wednesday.

The decision was a victory for environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and two solar companies, Solar Century and HomeSun, who said the plans were creating economic uncertainty.