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Mar 27, 2015

Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of British election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain’s next prime minister on Friday with a plan to protect the treasured but expensive national health system and a swipe at businesses who profit from its privatisation.

Polls put Labour neck and neck with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives ahead of the May 7 vote. It is set to be the tightest election in a generation and the outcome could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence.

Mar 27, 2015

Fridman UK gas deal in limbo for weeks awaiting new government

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman’s battle to salvage his North Sea gas fields purchase will take weeks if not months to resolve as the British cabinet has left it for the next government to take the decision, sources said.

Sources familiar with the discussions said the extent of the delay would depend on the outcome of the general election in May.

Mar 26, 2015

In first UK election TV encounter, Miliband shrugs off ‘geek’ accusations

LONDON (Reuters) – Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband rejected criticism that his image as “a geek” made him an electoral liability for his party, saying he didn’t care what the country’s mostly right-leaning press said about him.

Opinion polls indicate neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor Labour will win an overall majority on May 7 as millions of voters turn to Nigel Farage’s anti-EU UKIP party and the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP).

Mar 26, 2015

In first UK election TV encounter, Labour’s Miliband shrugs off ‘geek’ accusations

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband rejected criticism that his image as “a geek” made him an electoral liability for his party, saying he didn’t care what the country’s mostly right-leaning press said about him.

Opinion polls indicate neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor Labour will win an overall majority on May 7 as millions of voters turn to Nigel Farage’s anti-EU UKIP party and the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP).

Mar 24, 2015

UKIP expels election candidate after expenses scandal

By William James

(Reuters) – Britain’s anti-EU party UKIP expelled one of its candidates for the national election in May, saying she had brought the UK Independence Party into disrepute over an expenses scandal, the latest in a series of blows to the party’s reputation.

The party had suspended Janice Atkinson, a senior party member and an elected UKIP lawmaker in the European Parliament, on Friday as it scrambled to limit the damage to its image before a tightly contested May 7 election, when it hopes to play a role in deciding Britain’s next leader.

Mar 24, 2015

Britain’s UKIP expels election candidate after expenses scandal

By William James

(Reuters) – Britain’s anti-EU party UKIP expelled one of its candidates for the national election in May, saying she had brought the UK Independence Party into disrepute over an expenses scandal, the latest in a series of blows to the party’s reputation.

The party had suspended Janice Atkinson, a senior party member and an elected UKIP lawmaker in the European Parliament, on Friday as it scrambled to limit the damage to its image before a tightly contested May 7 election, when it hopes to play a role in deciding Britain’s next leader.

Mar 22, 2015

Inslight – How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Sometime geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design.

Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s chequebook diplomacy came of age, giving the world’s number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two.

Mar 22, 2015

How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Sometime geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design.

Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s chequebook diplomacy came of age, giving the world’s number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two.

Mar 21, 2015

Anti-EU UKIP suspends two candidates

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has suspended two of its candidates for a national election as it attempts to limit damage to its image weeks before the May 7 vote in which it could play a decisive role.

UKIP’s rapid rise in popularity may cost Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives an outright victory, and the party hopes to use the election to advance its campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union.

Mar 20, 2015

UKIP suspends European member of parliament in expenses row

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-EU UKIP party said on Friday it had suspended one of its members in the European parliament over what it called “allegations of a serious financial nature”, a potentially damaging scandal weeks before a national election.

The anti-European Union party, which hopes to use the election to advance its campaign to get Britain to leave the bloc, said it had suspended Janice Atkinson over a report published late on Thursday by The Sun newspaper.