Politics

Osborne accused of claiming false victory in EU budget row

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LONDON - Chancellor George Osborne was criticised by the head of a parliamentary committee on Wednesday for claiming victory in a row with the European Union over an unexpected bill that triggered a diplomatic bust up with EU officials.

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Centrifugal forces tear British political certainty apart 17 Dec 2014

LONDON - Rising support for nationalist and single-issue parties is threatening to plunge Britain into unaccustomed political instability after national elections five months from now.

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Earnings recovery might not help Cameron much before vote 17 Dec 2014

LONDON - The wages of British workers are rising and inflation is tumbling, but a turnaround in living standards may prove to be too little, too late for Prime Minister David Cameron as national elections approach.

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Cameron's plans to shake up lawmaking worry his rivals 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - Britain's two main political parties accused each other on Tuesday of putting the future of the nation at risk as they drew battle lines over how to reform the constitution after Scotland's failed bid for independence.

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UK inflation falls sharply in November to 12-year low 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - British inflation fell unexpectedly to its lowest level in more than 12 years in November, further easing a squeeze on consumers and leaving the Bank of England under no pressure to raise interest rates soon.

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Government seeks to lock in budget goals as election nears 15 Dec 2014

NEW YORK/POOLE, England - Britain's government promised on Monday to put its ambitious budget targets on a more formal footing, in a largely political move by Conservative Chancellor George Osborne to embarrass the opposition Labour party.

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UKIP holds onto support despite scandals 15 Dec 2014

LONDON - UKIP has been buffeted by race and sex scandals five months before a national election, but the publicity hasn't dented its popularity and the party's dream of being kingmaker in a coalition remains alive.

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Labour takes aim at migrant wage competition ahead of 2015 vote 15 Dec 2014

LONDON - The Labour leader Ed Miliband set out plans on Monday for a new law to prevent British workers' wages being undercut by the exploitation of foreign workers, part of a strategy to show his party cares about immigration.

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Eyeing 2015 election, Cameron unveils new house buying scheme 15 Dec 2014

LONDON - Tens of thousands of young Britons will be offered the chance to buy their first home with a hefty discount by Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, a scheme he hopes will boost his re-election chances for May next year.

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Asking prices for UK homes suffer record fall - Rightmove 15 Dec 2014

LONDON - Asking prices for homes on sale in Britain posted the largest monthly fall on record in December but are likely to rise by between 4 and 5 percent next year, property website Rightmove said on Monday.