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May 16, 2011

UK’s coalition backs minister on driving ban claim

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ruling coalition backed environment minister Chris Huhne on Monday after police said they were studying career-threatening claims he dishonestly avoided a driving ban.

Huhne, one of the junior coalition partner Liberal Democrats’ most senior politicians, denies allegations made by his estranged wife that he pressurised another person to take the blame for a speeding offence in 2003.

May 16, 2011

Coalition backs Huhne on driving ban claim

LONDON (Reuters) – The coalition backed Environment Secretary Chris Huhne Monday after police said they were studying career-threatening claims he dishonestly avoided a driving ban.

Huhne, a senior Liberal Democrat, denies allegations made by his estranged wife that he pressurised another person to take the blame for a speeding offence in 2003.

May 15, 2011

Cameron says health reforms must go ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – Controversial reforms to the National Health Service must go ahead to ensure the future of state-funded healthcare in England, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

Public disquiet over the planned restructuring of the NHS has turned the plans into a liability for the Conservatives and their Liberal Democrat coalition partners, putting pressure on their year-long alliance.

May 12, 2011

Lib Dems’ Laws suspended over expenses claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Liberal Democrat Treasury minister David Laws was suspended for seven days from parliament and ordered to apologise by a committee of inquiry on Thursday for breaking expenses rules.

Laws, a close ally of Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, resigned just 17 days after the party formed a coalition government with the Conservatives in May last year.

May 11, 2011

One year on, Lib Dems see route to redemption

LONDON (Reuters) – Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said on Wednesday that the party retained a viable future despite voters punishing the party for compromises during its first year in power.

Clegg took the Lib Dems into power with the Conservatives on May 11, 2010 — forming the first coalition government since World War Two.

May 6, 2011

Lib Dems punished for coalition role

LONDON (Reuters) -Voters punished the Liberal Democrats for their role in a deficit-cutting government on Friday, rejecting the party’s efforts to reform the electoral system and deserting it in local elections.

The outcome points to a rockier future for the government, with analysts predicting a more combative stance from the Lib Dems.

May 6, 2011

Britons punish Lib Dems for coalition role

LONDON (Reuters) -British voters punished the Liberal Democrats for their role in a deficit-cutting government Friday, rejecting the party’s efforts to reform the electoral system and deserting it in local elections.

The outcome points to a rockier future for Britain’s Conservative-led coalition government, with analysts predicting a more combative stance from the partnership’s Lib Dem junior partners.

May 3, 2011

Bruised Lib Dems to soldier on with coalition

BRISTOL (Reuters) – Liberal Democrat activists have dismissed talk the party should quit the year-old ruling coalition if they suffer defeat in a referendum and local elections this week.

Support for the party has slumped since it entered coalition with the Conservatives last May in an alliance that has made cutting the budget deficit its priority.

May 3, 2011

Five arrested in terror alert near nuclear site

LONDON (Reuters) – Police said on Tuesday they had arrested five men close to a nuclear reprocessing plant in under counter-terrorism laws.

The arrests were made after Prime Minister David Cameron urged the country to remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces.

May 3, 2011

UK arrests five in terror alert near nuclear site

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said Tuesday they had arrested five men close to a nuclear reprocessing plant in northwest England under counter-terrorism laws.

The arrests were made after Prime Minister David Cameron urged Britain to remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces.