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Oct 2, 2014

Deficit challenge looms for UK parties before election

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement of tax cuts has exhilarated his Conservative Party, but the sobering question of who can be trusted with Britain’s public finances remains the key to next year’s national election.

The upbeat message from Cameron on Wednesday has added to questions about the credibility of finance minister George Osborne’s plan to wipe out the budget deficit by 2020.

Oct 2, 2014

Analysis – Deficit challenge looms for UK parties before election

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement of tax cuts has exhilarated his Conservative Party, but the sobering question of who can be trusted with Britain’s public finances remains the key to next year’s national election.

The upbeat message from Cameron on Wednesday has added to questions about the credibility of finance minister George Osborne’s plan to wipe out the budget deficit by 2020.

Oct 2, 2014

Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe.

The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focussed on the damage the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron’s re-election hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers.

Oct 1, 2014

Eyeing 2015 vote, British PM Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe.

The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds (11.35 billion US dollar) to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focused on the damage the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron’s re-election hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers.

Oct 1, 2014

Cameron tries to shrug off Europe schism with tax cut pledge

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised to push through sweeping tax cuts if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will refocus debate away from a schism over Europe inside his party and win over millions of voters.

Addressing his Conservative party conference, the last before a national election in May next year, Cameron said he wanted to secure a majority so his party could govern alone and not in a coalition as is now the case.

Oct 1, 2014

British PM Cameron tries to shrug off Europe schism with tax cut pledge

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 1 (Reuters) – British Prime
Minister David Cameron promised to push through sweeping tax
cuts if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will refocus
debate away from a schism over Europe inside his party and win
over millions of voters.

Addressing his Conservative party conference, the last
before a national election in May next year, Cameron said he
wanted to secure a majority so his party could govern alone and
not in a coalition as is now the case.

Oct 1, 2014

Europe schism casts pall over Cameron’s big day

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – A schism over Europe cast a pall over the final day of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party conference, the last before a national election next year, after a party donor became the latest figure to defect to the anti-EU UKIP party.

Hours before Cameron was due to deliver a keynote speech, Arron Banks, a businessman who UKIP said had given hundreds of thousands of pounds to Cameron’s party, said he was switching his support to the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Oct 1, 2014

Europe schism casts pall over British PM Cameron’s big day

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – A schism over Europe cast a pall over the final day of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party conference, the last before a national election next year, after a party donor became the latest figure to defect to the anti-EU UKIP party.

Hours before Cameron was due to deliver a keynote speech, Arron Banks, a businessman who UKIP said had given hundreds of thousands of pounds to Cameron’s party, said he was switching his support to the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Sep 30, 2014

Cameron to woo voters with healthcare spending pledge

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – British Prime Minster David Cameron will on Wednesday promise increased healthcare spending if voters re-elect him next year — a political carrot aimed at balancing the stick of welfare cuts set out by his finance minister earlier in the week.

The pledge will come in the final address of what has been a turbulent annual party conference for Cameron’s Conservatives, after a sex scandal and the embarrassing defection of a lawmaker to the anti-European Union UK Independence Party threatened to overshadow their rallying cry for the 2015 vote.

Sep 30, 2014

Britain tells China: Seek peace in Hong Kong and allow freedoms

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – In Britain’s strongest interjection yet over clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and pro-democracy protesters, finance chief George Osborne urged China to seek peace and said the former colony’s prosperity depended on freedom.

Britain had until Tuesday been wary of angering Beijing with anything that could be interpreted as meddling in the affairs of Hong Kong which it handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of imperial control.