LONDON (Reuters) – Voter support for Britain’s anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday, reflecting a wider pattern of growing support for the party ahead of European elections next month.
The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for an immediate withdrawal from the EU and tighter immigration laws, threatens to split the vote for Prime Minister David Cameron at European parliament elections in May and a national election in 2015.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron described rival parties’ views on the European Union as “extremist” on Thursday as he launched his bid to ward off a threat from an anti-EU party ahead of European Parliament elections.
Polls show the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which campaigns for tighter immigration rules and to leave the EU, could win the most votes in next month’s European vote, pushing Cameron’s Conservatives into third place behind the opposition Labour Party.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it was stepping up restrictions on foreign job seekers’ access to welfare payments as Prime Minister David Cameron strives to cut immigration ahead of a national election next year.
Polls show voters are concerned about immigration levels, a trend reflected in the rising popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) which opposes “open door immigration” and has drawn support away from Cameron’s Conservatives.
LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – Britain looked set to force
tobacco companies to standardise cigarette packaging after a
government review said on Thursday that the move would help cut
smoking rates, although ministers were criticised for delaying a
A review commissioned by the government in November showed
“compelling” evidence that plain packaging would improve public
health and cut the number of child smokers, junior health
minister Jane Ellison said.
LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest financial backer of Labour Party said on Tuesday it could withdraw its support and funding unless the left-leaning party came up with a credible alternative to austerity that wins next year’s election.
Len McCluskey, General Secretary of the Unite trade union, said Labour would lose the next election if it continued to only offer voters “a pale shade of austerity”, and that a loss would force the union to discuss breaking its links with the party.
LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne on Monday sounded a brighter note on the economy as the country gears up for an election in just over a year, and set a target of “full employment”.
With economic policy likely to form a major electoral battleground in 2015, Osborne said he wanted Britain to have the highest employment rate of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialised economies.
LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – British finance minister George
Osborne on Monday sounded a brighter note on the economy as the
country gears up for an election in just over a year, and set a
target of “full employment”.
With economic policy likely to form a major electoral
battleground in 2015, Osborne said he wanted Britain to have the
highest employment rate of the Group of Seven (G7) leading
LONDON (Reuters) – Germany joined Britain on Thursday in calling for European Union reforms that are fair to (EU) countries outside the euro zone, bolstering British Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to placate eurosceptics at home.
In a joint editorial in the Financial Times, British and German finance ministers George Osborne and Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was important that EU countries outside the euro zone – like Britain – are not disadvantaged by deeper integration of the currency union.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s political establishment accused the leader of the country’s anti-EU party on Thursday of being an apologist for Russia and its seizure of Crimea, going on the offensive after he bettered the deputy prime minister in a debate on Europe.
Nigel Farage, the head of Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP), lambasted the European Union over its handling of Ukraine in the debate on Wednesday evening, saying the bloc had provoked Russia into taking action and had “blood on its hands”.
LONDON (Reuters) – MPs from Britain’s three major parties on Wednesday voted to limit how much the government can spend on welfare, despite deep disagreement over the future of a social security system that accounts for almost a third of all government spending.
The 210 billion pound per year welfare spend has been the subject of fierce debate among political parties as the government tries to close its budget deficit and cut a 1.2 trillion pound national debt.