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Aug 30, 2015

English union with Scotland in ‘mortal danger’, says ex-PM Brown

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has put the future of the centuries-old union between England and Scotland in mortal danger by stoking English nationalism, former premier Gordon Brown said on Sunday.

Brown, who led a Labour government between 2007 and 2010, told an audience in his native Scotland that Conservative leader Cameron must retreat from policies that draw dividing lines between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Aug 30, 2015

Britain attacks ‘broken’ EU migration system, demands tighter rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s migration system is broken, British Interior Minister Theresa May wrote on Sunday, blaming its borderless system for exacerbating a migrant crisis and demanding tighter European Union rules on free movement.

A surge in migrants fleeing war and poverty has presented Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two and claimed the lives of thousands of people making perilous sea and land journeys to the continent.

Aug 27, 2015

Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron appointed 26 supporters on Thursday to Britain’s unelected upper chamber of parliament, reigniting criticism of an institution long branded as undemocratic and elitist and now reeling from a sex-and-drugs scandal.

In Britain a prime minister has the right to regularly replenish the ranks of the House of Lords with political appointees. With 826 members at present, the ancient chamber is the world’s second largest legislative body after China’s National People’s Congress. Many lords serve lifelong terms.

Aug 27, 2015

UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools.

As an island nation off northwest Europe, Britain is far from the frontline of the EU-wide crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees pour into the bloc this year via countries like Italy, Greece and Hungary.

Aug 27, 2015

Net migration to Britain hits record high

LONDON (Reuters) – Long-term net migration to Britain has risen to a record high, official data showed on Thursday, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron has on his hands to convince voters that his immigration policy will work.

Cameron is under pressure to deliver on a promise made in 2010 to reduce annual net migration to Britain to below 100,000. The pledge was aimed at assuaging voter concerns about the strain being placed on public services.

Aug 21, 2015

Contest to lead Labour may have been infiltrated by rivals, Burnham says

LONDON (Reuters) – The contest to decide the new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party may have been infiltrated by several thousand supporters of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, one of the candidates vying for control of the party said on Friday.

In a letter to Labour’s general secretary, candidate Andy Burnham said he was worried that the contest’s outcome could be subject to legal challenge if it had been infiltrated.

Aug 21, 2015

Contest to lead UK’s Labour may have been infiltrated by rivals, candidate says

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The contest to decide the new
leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party may have been
infiltrated by several thousand supporters of Prime Minister
David Cameron’s Conservatives, one of the candidates vying for
control of the party said on Friday.

In a letter to Labour’s general secretary, candidate Andy
Burnham said he was worried that the contest’s outcome could be
subject to legal challenge if it had been infiltrated.

Aug 20, 2015

Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran this weekend

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Britain will reopen its embassy
in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters
ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the
British flag.

The move marks a thawing of ties with Iran since it reached
a nuclear deal with the United States, China, Russia, Germany,
France and Britain.

Aug 17, 2015

Corbyn sets up clash with Cameron over Europe

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The man expected to win control of Britain’s opposition Labour Party has charted a potential collision course with Prime Minister David Cameron over Europe, demanding socialist reforms before pledging the party’s support at an in/out referendum.

Labour supporters are voting in a month-long contest to select a leader whose first major test will be to steer the 115-year-old party through a referendum on Britain’s EU membership by the end of 2017 ahead of a national election in 2020.

Aug 14, 2015

Labour needs change to win back Scotland, says Corbyn

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party must shift to the left to win back Scottish voters who ditched the party at a May national election, said Jeremy Corbyn, the lawmaker bidding to steer the party back to its socialist roots.

Corbyn has emerged as the surprise favourite to become the party’s next leader, winning the support of party activists and trade unions with promises to renationalise parts of the economy and print money to fund infrastructure investment.