UK

Cameron meets Queen, starts knife-edge election campaign

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LONDON - Campaigning in Britain's closest election in decades began on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament had been dissolved, teeing up a fraught battle to govern a $2.8 trillion (1.88 trillion pounds) economy. | Video

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UK mortgage approvals rise to six-month high in February 9:31am BST

LONDON - British mortgage approvals hit a six-month high in February, rising for a third straight month and suggesting the housing market could start to regain momentum, Bank of England data showed on Monday.

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Labour bid to court business overshadowed by ad row 4:27pm BST

LONDON - Britain's opposition Labour Party faced embarrassment on Monday as an attempt to woo businesses ahead of a national election was overshadowed by a backlash from some of the firms it featured in a newspaper advert.

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Complaints against UK banks dip 7 percent as insurance scandal fades 11:14am BST

LONDON - Complaints against Britain's banks fell in the second half of last year as fewer people lodged objections about insurance protection mis-selling.

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Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle faces first labour dispute - union 3:48pm BST

LONDON - Staff at Windsor Castle, one of the residences of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, are considering withdrawing some services to tourists such as guided tours in a dispute over low pay, a labour union said on Monday.

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UK police investigate death threat against BBC chief over Clarkson sacking 7:56am BST

LONDON - Police in Britain said on Sunday they were investigating a death threat against Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, made on the day he dropped celebrity TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson from the "Top Gear" motoring show.

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Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected - ally 29 Mar 2015

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron would have to step down early if re-elected on May 7 to allow his Conservative Party to choose a new leader, one of his ministers said on Sunday, reigniting speculation on an issue Cameron wants to close.

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Cameron's Conservatives four points ahead of Labour - poll 1:43am BST

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have taken a four point lead over the opposition Labour Party on the eve of the start of official campaigning for a May 7 national election, a poll showed late on Sunday.

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British Airways says some frequent flyer accounts hacked 29 Mar 2015

LONDON - British Airways said on Sunday tens of thousands of its frequent flyer accounts had been hacked and that it had frozen those affected to sort the problem out.

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GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off 29 Mar 2015

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product's previous owner Novartis .