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Sep 30, 2014

Osborne targets welfare for cuts in tough message to voters

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne spelled out plans for more spending cuts on Monday, betting that voters will accept his tough approach to fixing the economy and give an election victory to his Conservative Party next year.

Osborne announced a two-year freeze on a wide range of welfare payments as he sought to regain the initiative following a split within the party of Prime Minister David Cameron’s over Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Sep 29, 2014

UK’s Osborne vows crackdown on tax-avoiding tech firms

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – British finance minister George
Osborne said on Monday he was examining changes to clamp down on
tax avoidance by multinationals which the government says are
depriving Britain’s public coffers of hundreds of millions of
pounds each year.

“Some technology companies go to extraordinary lengths to
pay little or no tax here,” Osborne told an annual conference of
his Conservative Party.

Sep 29, 2014

Britain’s Osborne pitches welfare cuts to voters ahead of election

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 29 (Reuters) – British finance
minister George Osborne sought on Monday to deflect voter
attention from a Conservative party split over Europe by
pledging more spending cuts to help the government’s finances
back to surplus.

The Conservative party’s schism over Europe has marred Prime
Minister David Cameron’s last major party conference before the
2015 election, overshadowing Osborne’s pitch of economic growth,
fiscal prudence and tougher rules for welfare claimants.

Sep 28, 2014

UK’s Osborne launches Conservative election pitch with pension tax cut

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 28 (Reuters) – British finance
minister George Osborne will announce on Monday that he will
scrap a tax on inherited pension savings as he lays out the
Conservative Party’s pitch to win the next election on the back
of its economic policies.

Ahead of what is expected to be a close-run ballot next May,
Osborne will use a key speech to try to persuade voters that
only the Conservatives can be trusted to keep Britain’s economic
recovery on track.

Sep 28, 2014

Europe schism haunts Cameron as pre-election battle drums begin

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – The British Conservative party’s schism over Europe marred Prime Minister David Cameron’s last major party conference before a 2015 election, overshadowing his party’s attempt to pitch a growing economy and lower welfare spending to voters.

The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party on the eve of the conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a tougher line on Europe, immigration and welfare less than eight months before a national election in May.

Sep 28, 2014

Europe schism haunts British PM Cameron as pre-election battle drums begin

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The British
Conservative party’s schism over Europe marred Prime Minister
David Cameron’s last major party conference before a 2015
election, overshadowing his party’s attempt to pitch a growing
economy and lower welfare spending to voters.

The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to the
anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party on the eve of the
conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a
tougher line on Europe, immigration and welfare less than eight
months before a national election in May.

Sep 26, 2014

British parliament set to approve air strikes against IS in Iraq

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron urged lawmakers on Friday to vote in favour of Britain joining U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, hours ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote he is expected to win.

Approval would mean Britain embarking on its first military campaign since it launched air strikes in 2011 against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, seeing it join a coalition that includes the United States, France and Middle Eastern allies.

Sep 25, 2014

UK parliament set to approve Iraq air strikes against Islamic State

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to win approval from parliament to join U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq at a specially convened session on Friday.

A coalition including the United States and Middle Eastern allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has already started bombing Islamic State targets both in Iraq and Syria. France has also taken part in the strikes on the insurgents in Iraq, although so far not in Syria.

Sep 25, 2014

Ryder Cup rivalry with U.S. prompts UKIP’s Farage to back Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – When it comes to golf, Nigel Farage loves Europe.

In a cheeky video appeal ahead of golf’s biggest grudge match, the head of Britain’s anti-European Union UKIP party implored EU citizens to raise the battle cry for Europe against their cousins in the United States.

“I’m Nigel Farage and I love Europe – No I really do. The wine, the food, the excellent transport systems, the clogs and the greatest golfers in the world,” Farage said in a mock party political broadcast posted online.

Sep 24, 2014

New York mayor hails Labour leader Miliband as next PM

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Bill de Blasio, New York’s Democrat mayor, endorsed Britain’s harried Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on Wednesday, calling him an extraordinary politician on course to win “a great victory” at a national election next year.

Speaking at Labour’s annual conference, the last before the election in May, de Blasio praised the British politician’s speech a day earlier even though media and some Labour activists said it had fallen flat.