Politics

Britain to give grocery industry watchdog more power

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LONDON - Britain's government plans to give the grocery industry watchdog powers to fine UK supermarkets if they fail to treat their suppliers, including farmers, fairly.

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Scottish moratorium, planning delay dent Cameron's shale gas ambitions 28 Jan 2015

LONDON - Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions.

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British growth slows, but 2014 still fastest in seven years 27 Jan 2015

LONDON - Britain's economic growth slowed more than expected in the final three months of last year, but with annual growth still at its fastest since 2007 the data gave ammunition to both sides of the political divide heading into May's election. | Video

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EDF Energy to cut UK gas prices, but less than rivals 27 Jan 2015

LONDON - EDF Energy will reduce British household gas prices by 1.3 percent on Feb. 11, making the smallest cut to consumer bills among the country's six biggest suppliers who have all now announced price reductions based on lower wholesale costs.

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After five years of coalition, UK faces even messier government 27 Jan 2015

LONDON - When Britain's coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats took power in 2010, bookmakers put its chances of surviving a full five-year term at little more than 50-50.

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L&G to allocate 1.5 billion pounds to UK regeneration fund 27 Jan 2015

LONDON - Insurer Legal & General said on Tuesday it would allocate 1.5 billion pounds to a new British fund for infrastructure projects and seek external financing to expand its size to 15 billion pounds.

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Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory 27 Jan 2015

DUNDEE, Scotland - Among the social housing estates of Scotland's fourth largest city, Ed Miliband's bid to unseat Prime Minister David Cameron is in trouble: His opposition Labour party is haemorrhaging support to nationalists.

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Hoax caller impersonating spy chief put through to PM Cameron 26 Jan 2015

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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Greek vote is a rejection of failed plans, not austerity - Osborne 26 Jan 2015

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.

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Eyeing May re-election, Cameron says voters 'deserve' tax cuts 26 Jan 2015

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.