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Dec 7, 2012

Nurse who took prank call about royal Kate found dead

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A nurse who answered a prank call
at the London hospital that was treating Prince William’s
pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness has been found dead, the
hospital said on Friday, in a suspected suicide.

The death comes days after the King Edward VII hospital
apologised for being duped by an Australian radio station and
relaying details about Kate’s condition which made headlines
around the globe.

Dec 3, 2012

Wary of cyber security laws, UK eyes softly-softly approach

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will try to get companies to beef up cyber security by encouraging investors and shareholders to hold them to account on the issue, but will reject U.S.-style mandatory reporting of online attacks, government officials say.

Britain has made tackling the theft of intellectual property on the Internet and the protection of critical infrastructure from hostile cyber assault top national security issues, setting aside 650 million pounds ($1 billion) over four years to address the problems.

Nov 18, 2012

UK’s Cameron hires rival’s strategist to boost poll hopes

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has hired an Australian political strategist to mastermind his party’s re-election campaign and draw a line under months of policy reversals that have seen his Conservatives slump in popularity.

The party said on Sunday Cameron had appointed Lynton Crosby as an adviser for national polls due in 2015, days after the Conservatives crashed to a bruising defeat in a parliamentary by-election in a bellwether middle England seat.

Nov 16, 2012

Britons shun polls for new police commissioners

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of presiding over an election shambles on Friday after voters stayed away from a costly national poll to pick commissioners to boost the oversight of local police forces.

Turnout in Thursday’s polls to elect the U.S.-style police commissioners for 41 forces across England and Wales looked set to become one of the worst in British electoral history, below the 23 percent low in the 1999 European elections, raising questions over the legitimacy of the successful candidates.

Nov 12, 2012

Britain grants Qatada bail after deportation appeal upheld

LONDON (Reuters) – Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada won a last-minute appeal on Monday against deportation from Britain to face terrorism charges in Jordan, a blow to the Conservative-led government that says he is a huge security risk.

Britain, where Qatada has been in and out of jail for seven years without charge since his arrest in 2002, had argued that a 2005 deal with Jordan and more recent diplomatic assurances would ensure that Qatada would obtain a fair trial there.

Nov 12, 2012

Radical Muslim cleric wins UK deportation case

LONDON (Reuters) – A radical Muslim cleric described as an “enormous risk” to UK security won a last-minute appeal on Monday against deportation to face terrorism charges in Jordan, in a blow to Britain which has being trying to remove him for a decade.

A senior judge at a special London court said there was a risk that evidence obtained using torture may be used against Abu Qatada and he may not receive a fair trial in Jordan.

Oct 19, 2012

UK minister Mitchell quits over “pleb” police outburst

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – British minister Andrew Mitchell
resigned on Friday after failing to shake off accusations he
called police “plebs”, an insult laden with snobbery that
fuelled perceptions Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is
out of touch with voters.

Mitchell, the “Chief Whip” responsible for keeping
discipline among lawmakers in Cameron’s Conservative Party,
denied using the offending word but admitted swearing at
officers after being told to get off his bicycle as he left
Downing Street last month.

Oct 18, 2012

Government to make energy firms give customers lowest tariffs

LONDON (Reuters) – The government will introduce laws to make energy suppliers give customers the cheapest tariffs, in a fresh attempt to drive down prices for consumers, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

Cameron made the announcement, without giving further details, after a number of energy companies said in recent days they were raising retail gas and electricity prices.

Oct 17, 2012

UK to make energy firms give customers lowest tariffs

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Britain will introduce laws to
make energy suppliers give customers the cheapest tariffs, in a
fresh attempt to drive down prices for consumers, Prime Minister
David Cameron said on Wednesday.

Cameron made the announcement, without giving further
details, after a number of energy companies said in recent days
they were raising retail gas and electricity prices.

Oct 16, 2012

Britain blocks hacker’s extradition to United States

LONDON (Reuters) – A British computer hacker accused by the United States of causing more than $700,000 damage to U.S. military systems will not be extradited because of the high risk he could kill himself, Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May said on Tuesday.

Gary McKinnon, who has been fighting extradition for seven years, faced up to 60 years in a U.S. jail if found guilty of what one U.S. prosecutor called the “biggest military computer hack of all time”.