LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s deputy prime minister said on Friday the West could not be certain of the outcome of its United Nations-mandated military intervention in Libya, but that doing nothing had not been an option.
Nick Clegg, leader of the junior party in a 10-month-old coalition government, told Reuters in an interview the risk was justified and that standing aside while Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed Libyan civilians would have caused public outrage in Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – The deputy prime minister said on Friday the West could not be certain of the outcome of its United Nations-mandated military intervention in Libya, but that doing nothing had not been an option.
Nick Clegg told Reuters in an interview the risk was justified and that standing aside while Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed Libyan civilians would have caused public outrage in Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – A Wiltshire town that became a informal focus of mourning for British soldiers killed in Afghanistan won royal recognition on Wednesday as the government confirmed the end of repatriations at a nearby airbase.
The picturesque town of Wootton Bassett is near the Royal Air Force’s Lyneham base where soldiers’ bodies are flown back to Britain. It gained national status as sombre crowds lined the streets as military funeral convoys passed through.
LONDON (Reuters) – Leading health charities shunned the launch on Tuesday of a government-led drive to improve public health, accusing ministers of failing to stand up to supermarkets and drinks companies.
The initiative aims to lower salt content in food and restrict the promotion of alcoholic drinks.
SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) – The Liberal Democrats have survived a spectacular fall in popularity since joining a Conservative-led government but are determined to hold the coalition together despite the potential electoral costs.
While some doubted the partnership would last, the Lib Dems are adapting to the unpopularity that goes with power, hoping by the next election in 2015 voters will have come to respect the party for helping to guide the economy back to health.
SHEFFIELD (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told Liberal Democrats on Sunday to hold their nerve ahead of difficult local elections and a key voting referendum whose outcome could strain the 10-month-old coalition.
“These are testing times for us as a party,” Clegg said as he closed a party conference in Sheffield held under the tightest security ever seen for a Liberal Democrat rally.
SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) – The government will stick to its plans to slay a record deficit in the budget this month, a senior minister told Reuters on Saturday, indicating there is little, if any, room to support growth via tax cuts or spending.
The coalition government announced a tough austerity package last year to all but eliminate a budget deficit of about 10 percent of national output by the time of the next election in 2015.
SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) – Aggressive lobbying will not compromise decisions on banking sector reform, British business minister Vince Cable told Reuters on Saturday, warning that policymakers had to deal with the “too big to fail” issue.
Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has asked an independent banking commission to look into how to reform banks to protect the taxpayer and the economy from any future financial crises.
LONDON (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will address party activists this weekend under the tightest security ever seen at a Liberal Democrat conference.
Police are expecting up to 10,000 demonstrators to protest against government spending cuts outside the event in Sheffield where he holds his parliamentary seat.
LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Queen is to travel to Ireland this year in the first official visit by a British monarch since before the Irish state gained independence from in 1921.
No date or itinerary was given for the state visit, announced on Friday by Buckingham Palace and Irish President Mary McAleese.