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Eyeing May re-election, Cameron says voters 'deserve' tax cuts

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LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday voters deserved to be rewarded with tax cuts "after years of sacrifice," pledging to reduce taxes if he won a national election in May.

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Greek vote is a rejection of failed plans, not austerity - Osborne 12:33pm GMT

LONDON - The Greek election result is not a defeat of austerity but a defeat of failed economic plans and should act as a reminder to Britain that it needs to stick to what it is doing, Chancellor George Osborne said on Monday.

UK Post Office creates Money brand to bolster growth aims 4:05pm GMT

LONDON - Britain's Post Office said it would bring all its financial services under one brand as part of plans to become one of the UK's biggest financial services providers by 2020, laying down a challenge to the country's incumbent banks.

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Hoax caller impersonating spy chief put through to PM Cameron 1:36pm GMT

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday security would be reviewed, but no harm had been done, after an apparently drunk hoaxer claiming to be the director of Britain's eavesdropping agency was put though to his mobile phone.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal 3:45pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc executive who contested whether he can be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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After turmoil, Church of England consecrates first woman bishop 2:39pm GMT

YORK, England - The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernisers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service.

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Santander UK strikes deal for customers to bank at Post Offices 2:10pm GMT

LONDON - Santander UK has reached an agreement with Britain's Post Office that will enable its personal current account and business customers to bank at the Post Office's 11,000 outlets.

Swinging London's Centre Point to become luxury apartments 12:05pm GMT

LONDON - Work has started on converting Centre Point, the towering 1960s office building at the east end of London's Oxford Street, into luxury apartments, developer Almacantar said on Monday.

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Greek election to raise European economic uncertainty - Cameron 25 Jan 2015

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Sunday that the Greek election would raise economic uncertainty across Europe, saying it meant his country had to stick to his plan for Britain's own economy.

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UK stars from Sting to Emma Thompson call on PM to help Syrian refugees 12:06am GMT

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A star-studded list of UK celebrities from Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, to musician Sting and designer Vivienne Westwood wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, criticising the government for not welcoming more Syrian refugees.