Labour to let its MPs vote with their consciences on Syria strikes


LONDON The Labour Party said on Monday its MPs could vote according to their consciences on air strikes against militants in Syria, a move which may hand Prime Minister David Cameron the parliamentary majority he needs.


Northern Irish abortion laws breach human rights - court 7:51pm GMT

BELFAST Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws are in breach of human rights by failing to provide exceptions in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime, Belfast's High Court found in a landmark ruling on Monday.

Doctors in England suspend mass walkout until January after talks 8:17pm GMT

LONDON Doctors in Britain's state-funded health service announced on the eve of a planned mass walkout they would suspend it until January after "conciliatory talks" with the government over new pay and conditions.


UK Black Friday online spend jumps 36 percent to 1.1 billion pounds - Experian-IMRG 5:35pm GMT

LONDON Britons spent 1.1 billion pounds shopping online on "Black Friday" last week, an increase of 36 percent on the previous year, according to an estimate published by retail researcher Experian-IMRG.

British MPs call for sugar tax to tackle childhood obesity 12:23pm GMT

LONDON British members of parliament urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for "unhealthy food and drink", to help tackle childhood obesity.


Cameron sees EU talks on Britain next month 29 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister David Cameron expects a "substantive discussion" with fellow EU leaders next month on his demands for reforms of the bloc, officials said after talks on Sunday with the EU's chief negotiator.


Britain yet to garner parliament support for Syria action - minister 29 Nov 2015

LONDON Britain's government has yet to drum up the support it needs to win parliamentary approval for launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, defence minister Michael Fallon said on Sunday.


Grant Shapps resigns over bullying claims 29 Nov 2015

LONDON A former chairman of the ruling Conservative Party resigned from his post as a junior minister on Saturday, in response to allegations that he failed to act on warnings about bullying within the party.


Better in or out? England's former fishing hub faces EU dilemma 29 Nov 2015

GRIMSBY, England The European Union is not an abstract concept in Grimsby, an English port where many blame EU fishing quotas for destroying livelihoods, but views on whether Britain should quit the club are more nuanced than the decaying fish docks suggest.


BoE's Vlieghe says 'relaxed' about waiting to hike rates 29 Nov 2015

LONDON Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday he was relaxed about waiting longer before deciding to raise interest rates from record low levels.