Government Bonds Correspondent
William's Feed
May 8, 2015

PM Cameron sweeps to unexpected triumph in British election

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron won a shock election victory in Britain, overturning predictions that the vote would be the closest in decades to sweep into office for another five years, with his Labour opponents in tatters.

The sterling currency, bonds and shares surged on a result that reversed expectations of an inconclusive “hung parliament” with Cameron jockeying for power with Labour rival Ed Miliband.

May 3, 2015

With nobody set for majority, Britain braces for hung parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is heading towards a hung parliament after Thursday’s national election, fuelling uncertainty about the country’s future in the European Union, its economic policy, and Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.

Four days before Britain’s closest election in decades, the prospect of no single party winning an overall majority and which alliances could be struck with smaller parties afterwards is dominating debate.

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.