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May 3, 2015

In battle for Britain’s top job, Labour’s ‘Red Ed’ sharpens his image

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – If Ed Miliband is to win power, he
must pull off one of the most striking metamorphoses of recent
British elections: convince millions of voters that “Red Ed”, a
self-confessed socialist geek, can be trusted to lead the
world’s fifth largest economy.

In a change that has confounded Prime Minister David
Cameron’s Conservatives, Miliband has already shed some of his
social awkwardness and pitched a resilient, more human face,
even laughing at some of his own imperfections.

Apr 30, 2015

UK PM Cameron wins last TV contest of election campaign -poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron won the last major TV contest of Britain’s election campaign, a snap Guardian/ICM poll showed on Thursday, with 44 percent of viewers saying he had performed best on the night.

Conservative Party leader Cameron, up for re-election on Thursday next week, was subjected to 30 minutes of questions from a BBC TV audience. Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg were then – in turn – questioned by the same audience.

Apr 30, 2015

Cameron wins last TV contest of election campaign – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron won the last major TV contest of Britain’s election campaign, a snap Guardian/ICM poll showed on Thursday, with 44 percent of viewers saying he had performed best on the night.

Conservative Party leader Cameron, up for re-election on Thursday next week, was subjected to 30 minutes of questions from a BBC TV audience. Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg were then – in turn – questioned by the same audience.

Apr 28, 2015

Possible kingmakers Liberal Democrats demand post-election stability budget

LONDON (Reuters) – Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a May 7 election, on Tuesday demanded a ‘stability budget’ within 50 days of the vote as a pre-condition of any coalition with either Conservative leader David Cameron or Labour’s Ed Miliband.

With neither Cameron nor Miliband expected to win an outright majority, the Liberal Democrats are eyeing a second term as junior coalition partner, positioning themselves in the centre ground as a possible partner to either party.

Apr 27, 2015

Government warns off BP suitors now Shell unavailable as ‘white knight’

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s warning to potential suitors of BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is a sign of the oil major’s vulnerability to a takeover bid and that a more politically palatable tie-up with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) no longer seems to be an option, banking and industry sources said.

Despite championing a laissez-faire policy towards takeover deals, Britain has always had a special interest in BP, dating back to the creation of the company via an unusual government investment master-minded by Winston Churchill.

Apr 27, 2015

UK warns off BP suitors now Shell unavailable as ‘white knight’

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s warning to potential
suitors of BP is a sign of the oil major’s vulnerability
to a takeover bid and that a more politically palatable tie-up
with Royal Dutch Shell no longer seems to be an option,
banking and industry sources said.

Despite championing a laissez-faire policy towards takeover
deals, Britain has always had a special interest in BP, dating
back to the creation of the company via an unusual government
investment master-minded by Winston Churchill.

Apr 27, 2015

Labour woos young voters with pledge to cut stamp duty

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour Party pledged to scrap property purchase taxes for first-time home buyers on Monday, the party’s latest effort ahead of a May 7 election to win the support of young voters who say they have been disenfranchised by high house prices.

With less than two weeks to go before the national election, most opinion polls have shown voters fairly evenly split between Britain’s two main political parties: centre-left Labour and Prime Minster David Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives.

Apr 27, 2015

UK’s Labour woos young voters with pledge to cut home buyers’ tax

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party pledged
to scrap property purchase taxes for first-time home buyers on
Monday, the party’s latest effort ahead of a May 7 election to
win the support of young voters who say they have been
disenfranchised by high house prices.

With less than two weeks to go before the national election,
most opinion polls have shown voters fairly evenly split between
Britain’s two main political parties: centre-left Labour and
Prime Minster David Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives.

Apr 27, 2015

‘Pumped up’ PM Cameron ditches suit to answer campaign critics

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron sought on Monday to answer critics who say his bid to win a May 7 election has lacked passion by ditching his usual polished image and suit jacket to deliver a ‘pumped-up’ speech on the economy.

Cameron’s campaign to beat Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in Britain’s closest election race since the 1970s has been tightly focused on trumpeting his party’s economic credibility, but has so far failed to swing opinion polls in his favour.

Apr 24, 2015

Ahead of poll, Miliband says Cameron has squandered Britain’s global clout

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron has squandered Britain’s influence by forging an inward-looking approach to international affairs that has left the world’s fifth largest economy isolated, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say on Friday.

Less than two weeks before a May 7 election, Miliband will seek to drag Cameron’s foreign policy record to the heart of the campaign which has so far seen almost no debate of international affairs beyond references to immigration.