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Apr 23, 2015

Ahead of election, 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.

Apr 23, 2015

UK voters left in dark on post-election fiscal plans: think tank

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s main political parties are not letting voters know how they would run public finances after the May 7 election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent think tank, said on Thursday.

The election offers voters the biggest degree of choice over taxation and spending since at least 1992, as Britain’s political leaders take different approaches to one of the biggest budget deficits in the rich world.

Apr 22, 2015

Twittering teenagers swoon over British Labour leader Miliband

LONDON (Reuters) – Lampooned by detractors as a socially awkward geek, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has received a pre-election boost from an unlikely source – hundreds of young, mostly female, Britons who have declared their love for him on Twitter.

In less than 24 hours, more than 20,000 posts have appeared under the hashtag #Milifandom – a name referencing other ‘fandoms’, or online gatherings of dedicated fans, more often aimed at pop stars and celebrities.

Apr 17, 2015

UK’s Labour courts youth with pledge to end unpaid internships

LINCOLN, England, April 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition
Labour leader Ed Miliband on Friday pledged to stop companies
using long-term unpaid internships as a source of cheap labour,
seeking to woo young voters in a bid to win an unusually close
May 7 national election.

Polls show the Labour Party is neck and neck with Prime
Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives. As neither party is
forecast to win an outright majority, Miliband is trying to win
over swing voters by promising to create a ‘fairer society’.

Apr 15, 2015

Eyeing kingmaker role, Lib Dems pitch manifesto at centre

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Liberal Democrats will on Wednesday make their bid for a seat at the top table after May’s national election, launching a centrist manifesto designed to win over swing voters and lay the ground for coalition talks.

Neither the centre-left Labour Party nor Prime Minister David Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives is likely to win an outright majority on May 7, in what is forecast to be one of the country’s closest elections since the 1970s.

Apr 14, 2015

Eyeing kingmaker role, UK Liberal Democrats pitch manifesto at center

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Liberal Democrats will on Wednesday make their bid for a seat at the top table after May’s national election, launching a centrist manifesto designed to win over swing voters and lay the ground for coalition talks.

Neither the center-left Labour Party nor Prime Minister David Cameron’s center-right Conservatives is likely to win an outright majority on May 7, in what is forecast to be one of the country’s closest elections since the 1970s.

Apr 13, 2015

Labour’s Miliband tells British voters: Trust me on the economy

MANCHESTER/LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Opposition Labour
leader Ed Miliband tried to overturn a damaging perception his
party cannot be trusted on the economy, unveiling a manifesto he
said showed it had the most responsible plan to manage Britain’s
finances.

In a speech tackling what experts say is one of Labour’s
greatest electoral weaknesses, Miliband sought to reverse his
party’s low ratings for economic credibility, an area where
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives have long led.

Apr 12, 2015

Miliband seeks to bolster economic credentials in bid to win power

LONDON (Reuters) – Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will seek to allay concerns about his party’s economic competence by unveiling a manifesto on Monday that pledges to protect the national finances and end tax avoidance by the rich.

In a bid to edge ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in what polls indicate is the closest British election of recent times, Miliband will pledge to build a fairer society if he is elected prime minister on May 7.

Apr 12, 2015

Britain’s Miliband seeks to bolster economic credentials in bid to win power

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour
leader Ed Miliband will seek to allay concerns about his party’s
economic competence by unveiling a manifesto on Monday that
pledges to protect the national finances and end tax avoidance
by the rich.

In a bid to edge ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron’s
Conservatives in what polls indicate is the closest British
election of recent times, Miliband will pledge to build a fairer
society if he is elected prime minister on May 7.

Apr 12, 2015

PM Cameron’s inheritance tax cut will help only a few – Labour

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron’s promise to cut an inheritance tax will help only a few
people, his Labour rivals said, with both parties competing on
tax and spending plans to win over voters in a May 7 election.

The future of Britain’s $2.8 trillion economy lies at the
heart of what is expected to be the closest election in decades.
Cameron’s Conservatives and Labour, led by Ed Miliband, hold
starkly different views on how to cut the country’s deficit and
spend the proceeds of its steady economic recovery.