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Jan 10, 2014

Britain’s Cameron accused of grandstanding over EU membership vote

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron was accused on Friday of grandstanding to anti-Europe voters and caving in to euro-skeptic party members with his backing for a referendum on European Union membership.

Trailing in the polls before an election next year, Cameron has thrown his weight behind efforts to guarantee a referendum before 2017. The opposition Labour party is fighting the move.

Jan 7, 2014

Osborne wants more welfare cuts, provoking coalition row

LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne announced major cuts to Britain’s future welfare spending on Monday, spelling out the next phase of a push to fix public finances and straining ties within the coalition government.

With an election due in 16 months and the government facing calls to put more money in people’s pockets after years of austerity, Osborne rammed home his message that the only way to return the economy to health was to fix its finances.

Jan 7, 2014

Three quarters of Britons want less immigration – survey

LONDON (Reuters) – Over three quarters of Britons want a reduction in immigration, according to a survey published on Tuesday, highlighting public concern about a subject being fiercely debated between the country’s main political parties.

Immigration has become a key topic heading into a 2015 election, at which increased support for the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) could hamper Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party.

Jan 6, 2014

Osborne wants more welfare cuts, provoking government coalition row

LONDON (Reuters) – The Chancellor announced major cuts to the country’s future welfare spending on Monday, spelling out the next phase of a push to fix public finances and straining ties within the coalition government.

With an election due in 16 months and the government facing calls to put more money in people’s pockets after years of austerity, George Osborne rammed home his message that the only way to return the economy to health was to fix its finances.

Jan 6, 2014

UK finance minister wants more welfare cuts, provoking government coalition row

LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister
announced major cuts to the country’s future welfare spending on
Monday, spelling out the next phase of a push to fix public
finances and straining ties within the coalition government.

With an election due in 16 months and the government facing
calls to put more money in people’s pockets after years of
austerity, George Osborne rammed home his message that the only
way to return the economy to health was to fix its finances.

Jan 5, 2014

Cameron promises pension protection to woo elderly voters

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Sunday to protect pensioners’ income if his Conservative party wins the 2015 election, laying out his first manifesto spending pledge.

Coming at a time when Britain is facing years of cuts to public spending, the promise is designed to win the support of the country’s elderly – who polling data show are more likely to vote in elections than younger people.

Dec 20, 2013

Pakistan’s Musharraf in U.N. appeal to try to halt treason trial

LONDON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Friday appealed to the United Nations to intervene and help prevent him being tried for treason, saying he faced a “show trial”.

Musharraf’s case, initiated by the Pakistani government, focuses on accusations that the former military leader breached the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

Dec 20, 2013

Musharraf in U.N. appeal to try to halt treason trial

LONDON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Friday appealed to the United Nations to intervene and help prevent him being tried for treason, saying he faced a “show trial”.

Musharraf’s case, initiated by the Pakistani government, focuses on accusations that the former military leader breached the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

Dec 16, 2013

Reform of Britain’s banking laws clears final hurdle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain ushered in a new era of banking industry oversight on Monday when lawmakers gave their final approval to reforms aimed at tackling the structural and cultural failings which led to the near-collapse of the country’s financial sector.

The reforms are the result of a lengthy legislative process started after the 2007/8 financial crisis and a series of mis-selling and rate-fixing scandals which shone a light on illegal and unethical behavior at some of Britain’s banks.

Dec 12, 2013

UK’s Osborne puts welfare budget in austerity crosshairs

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Billions of pounds of further
cuts to Britain’s welfare system will have to be taken by the
country’s next government to avoid deeper cuts in public
services, finance minister George Osborne said on Thursday.

Osborne signalled Britain’s welfare budget would bear the
brunt of efforts to fix public finances after the 2015 election.