Politics

Spooked by immigration, disgruntled voters turn to UKIP

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GRIMSBY, England - Like many in the once thriving fishing town of Grimsby, Dave thinks an influx of east European migrants has made it harder to find work and he plans to register his anxiety by voting in an election for the first time in 18 years.

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Britain's budget gap narrowest since financial crisis 23 Apr 2014

LONDON - Britain's hefty budget deficit has fallen to its lowest since the financial crisis, official data showed on Wednesday, helping the government argue it is delivering on a key economic pledge a year before a national election.

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Cable warns FTSE-100 firms on executive pay 22 Apr 2014

- Business Secretary Vince Cable on Tuesday warned banks and other major companies to rein in excessive executive pay or face tighter rules, in a letter aimed at Barclays and other FTSE 100 companies ahead of their annual general meetings.

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Gordon Brown to urge Scots to stick with UK 22 Apr 2014

LONDON - Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will warn Scots on Tuesday of a pensions "time bomb" in their ageing population as he joins a fight to dissuade them from voting to leave the United Kingdom.

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CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence 21 Apr 2014

LONDON - Three of Scotland's oldest universities have joined an exit from Britain's leading business lobby group after it registered to campaign against Scottish independence, saying they wanted to stay neutral in the increasingly fractious debate.

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Cameron accused of fuelling division with Christian talk 21 Apr 2014

LONDON - A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a "Christian country".

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Gordon Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK 21 Apr 2014

LONDON - Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence.

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Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron 20 Apr 2014

LONDON - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday.

Lottery winners top up Scottish independence coffers with 3 million pound donation 20 Apr 2014

LONDON - A Scottish couple who won the lottery have donated at least 3 million pounds ($5 million) of their winnings to the campaign for an independent Scotland, making them Britain's biggest political donors, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll 18 Apr 2014

LONDON - Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the party said on Friday.

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The UK’s paradox of faith

When a European leader says he's a Christian and that he lives in a Christian country, he's asking for trouble.