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Nov 9, 2014

UK’s Miliband warns businesses of PM Cameron’s EU exit gamble

LONDON (Reuters) – British opposition leader Ed Miliband will on Monday attack Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a European Union membership referendum, seeking to shift the political agenda away from questions over his own future.

In a speech to business leaders, Miliband will warn that political rivals who “flirt” with pulling Britain out of the European Union are putting millions of jobs at risk by generating uncertainty among business and deterring investment.

Nov 9, 2014

Poor poll rating heaps pressure on Miliband

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, faced fresh pressure on Sunday as a poll showed backing for his leadership among party supporters had fallen sharply, days after he was forced to dismiss rumours of a plot to oust him.

A YouGov poll found that the number of Labour voters who believed Miliband was fit to be prime minister had fallen to 34 percent, down from 51 percent in October. Forty two percent said they thought he was unsuitable for the job, up from 28 percent in October.

Nov 9, 2014

Poor poll rating heaps pressure on UK opposition leader Miliband

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, faced fresh pressure on Sunday as a poll showed backing for his leadership among party supporters had fallen sharply, days after he was forced to dismiss rumors of a plot to oust him.

A YouGov poll found that the number of Labour voters who believed Miliband was fit to be prime minister had fallen to 34 percent, down from 51 percent in October. Forty two percent said they thought he was unsuitable for the job, up from 28 percent in October.

Nov 6, 2014

Miliband dismisses reports of bid to oust him

LONDON (Reuters) – Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s centre-left opposition Labour party, on Thursday described media reports that members of his own party were conspiring to oust him as “nonsense”, as he sought to keep his bid to become prime minister on track.

Labour have a narrow lead over Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in opinion polls ahead of a national election in May 2015. But Miliband’s personal rating has sunk to its lowest ever level, raising doubts among supporters whether he is capable of delivering an outright win.

Nov 5, 2014

UK, Germany offer plan to break Bosnia’s EU deadlock

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Germany put forward a plan on Wednesday to revive Bosnia’s stalled bid to join the European Union, offering to unlock EU funds in exchange for commitments to institutional reform from the country’s yet-to-be-formed new government.

Bosnia is stuck bottom of the pack of Western Balkan states seeking EU membership, hampered by an unwieldy system of ethnic power-sharing set out in the Dayton peace accords which ended a 1992-95 war and divided the former Yugoslav republic into two autonomous regions.

Nov 4, 2014

UK baulks at prospect of interest charges on contested EU bill

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday said it would be “wrong” for the European Union to levy late payment charges against it over a hotly-disputed 2.1 billion-euro EU budget bill that British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to pay in its current form.

The row over the bill has heaped pressure on Cameron domestically, where he is already battling the growing popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party ahead of a 2015 election and struggling to control rebellious Eurosceptic lawmakers in his own party.

Oct 29, 2014

PM Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state’s emir.

Cameron asked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to consider further funding to help Britain’s push to develop cities in the north of the country and connect them to London using a high speed rail line, a statement released by his office said.

Oct 29, 2014

Britain’s Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state’s emir.

Cameron asked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to consider further funding to help Britain’s push to develop cities in the north of the country and connect them to London using a high speed rail line, a statement released by his office said.

Oct 29, 2014

British PM Cameron’s bid to guarantee EU referendum fails

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of enshrining into law his promise of a referendum on European Union membership have collapsed after lawmakers said late on Tuesday that his Liberal Democrat coalition partners had blocked the legislation.

Cameron wants to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Europe and hold a referendum by 2017, while the Liberal Democrats and the opposition Labour party say a vote would be destabilizing.

Oct 29, 2014

Cameron’s bid to guarantee EU referendum fails

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of enshrining into law his promise of a referendum on European Union membership have collapsed after MPs said late on Tuesday that his Liberal Democrat coalition partners had blocked the legislation.

Cameron wants to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Europe and hold a referendum by 2017, while the Lib Dems and the opposition Labour party say a vote would be destabilising.