Politics

English union with Scotland in 'mortal danger', says ex-PM Brown

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LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron has put the future of the centuries-old union between England and Scotland in mortal danger by stoking English nationalism, former premier Gordon Brown said on Sunday.

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Cameron appoints new members to scandal-tainted upper chamber 27 Aug 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron appointed 26 supporters on Thursday to Britain's unelected upper chamber of parliament, reigniting criticism of an institution long branded as undemocratic and elitist and now reeling from a sex-and-drugs scandal.

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UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron 27 Aug 2015

LONDON - Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools.

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Rise in reported UK transport sex offences, women-only areas mooted 27 Aug 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A surge in reported sex offences on Britain's public transport has driven the idea of women-only rail carriages back into the political spotlight despite concerns that gender segregation would reinforce sexist attitudes and fail to tackle the problem.

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Sainsbury's boosts pay on shop floor 27 Aug 2015

LONDON - British supermarket chain Sainsbury's will hand its 137,000 non-management store staff their highest pay increase in more than a decade this month, it said on Thursday, lifting its basic pay above the recently announced national living wage.

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Osborne takes campaign for EU reform to Scandinavia 24 Aug 2015

LONDON - Chancellor George Osborne will take the government's campaign for reform of the European Union to Scandinavia on Monday, hoping to drum up support from fellow non-euro EU countries such as Sweden and Denmark.

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Surging tax take sends UK to first July budget surplus in 3 years 21 Aug 2015

LONDON - Britain's public finances recorded their first July surplus in three years, as the country's economic upturn spurred the strongest income tax receipts for the month since records began in 1997.

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Contest to lead Labour may have been infiltrated by rivals, Burnham says 21 Aug 2015

LONDON - The contest to decide the new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party may have been infiltrated by several thousand supporters of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, one of the candidates vying for control of the party said on Friday.

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Corbyn sets up clash with Cameron over Europe 17 Aug 2015

EDINBURGH - The man expected to win control of Britain's opposition Labour Party has charted a potential collision course with Prime Minister David Cameron over Europe, demanding socialist reforms before pledging the party's support at an in/out referendum.

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Government to sell stake in King's Cross redevelopment project 17 Aug 2015

LONDON - The British government has fired the starting gun on a plan to sell its stake in Europe's largest city-centre redevelopment project around London's King's Cross station, in its latest disposal aimed at boosting state coffers.