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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.

Apr 27, 2015

‘Pumped up’ PM Cameron ditches suit to answer campaign critics

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron sought on Monday to answer critics who say his bid to win a May 7 election has lacked passion by ditching his usual polished image and suit jacket to deliver a ‘pumped-up’ speech on the economy.

Cameron’s campaign to beat Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in Britain’s closest election race since the 1970s has been tightly focused on trumpeting his party’s economic credibility, but has so far failed to swing opinion polls in his favour.

Apr 24, 2015

Ahead of poll, 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

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.