Politics

Cameron's coalition partner - We can return as kingmaker with half as many seats

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EASTLEIGH, England - Prime Minister David Cameron's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, believe they can return to government even if they lose almost half their seats in next month's election, a senior party source said on Monday.

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Labour woos young voters with pledge to cut home buyers' tax 1:35pm BST

LONDON - Britain's Labour Party pledged to scrap property purchase taxes for first-time home buyers on Monday, the party's latest effort ahead of a May 7 election to win the support of young voters who say they have been disenfranchised by high house prices.

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'Pumped up' PM Cameron ditches suit to answer campaign critics 11:48am BST

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron sought on Monday to answer critics who say his bid to win a May 7 election has lacked passion by ditching his usual polished image and suit jacket to deliver a 'pumped-up' speech on the economy.

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Scottish nationalists eye 'enormous clout' in next UK government 10:14am BST

LONDON - The Scottish National Party could wield "enormous clout" in the British government after a May 7 national election, party leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday, promising to block Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron from returning to power.

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After crisis warnings, Labour says no deals with Scottish nationalists 26 Apr 2015

LONDON - Britain's Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king.

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Labour Party pledges to control rents if elected on May 7 26 Apr 2015

LONDON - The Labour Party said on Sunday it would introduce rent controls if it wins an election on May 7 and ban private landlords from raising rents above the rate of inflation for the duration of new three-year contracts.

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Analysis - Productivity puzzle to tax UK election victor 26 Apr 2015

LONDON - Less than two weeks away from a knife-edge election, Britain's biggest economic problem, stagnant productivity, has barely surfaced in the political debate.

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Cameron scores own goal with pre-election football gaffe 25 Apr 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to forget which football team he supported on Saturday, drawing ridicule on social media just days ahead of an election in a country known for its love of sport.

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Lib Dems rule out Scottish deal, potentially shunning Labour 25 Apr 2015

LONDON - The leader of the Lib Dems ruled out joining a government that relied on support from Scotland's nationalists, raising a potential obstacle to a coalition deal with the Labour Party after a national election on May 7.

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Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of election 25 Apr 2015

LONDON - Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election.