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May's Conservatives gain parliamentary seat as rivals suffer election setbacks


STOKE-ON-TRENT/WHITEHAVEN, England Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives secured a landmark victory in a parliamentary by-election on Friday, boosting her hand ahead of upcoming Brexit negotiations as her rivals suffered damaging poll setbacks.


UK government intervention has made energy more expensive - lawmakers 4:38am GMT

LONDON Constant government intervention in Britain's energy sector has led to a complex system of subsidies and an uncompetitive market that fails to deliver low-cost and secure electricity, a report by an upper-house parliamentary committee said on Friday.


May's Conservatives win parliamentary seat, first gain for ruling party for 35 years 3:35am GMT

LONDON Britain's ruling Conservatives won a parliamentary by-election in the north-west English region of Copeland on Friday, taking control of a once safe seat held by the opposition Labour Party and the first such gain by a ruling party since 1982.


Labour Party hold off UKIP to win Stoke by-election 2:40am GMT

LONDON Britain's opposition Labour Party won a parliamentary by-election for the Stoke Central seat on Friday, fending off a challenge from the anti-European Union UK Independence Party which had hoped to capitalise on the area's pro-Brexit stance.


Scottish government believes it can call, win new independence vote - sources 23 Feb 2017

LONDON/EDINBURGH The Scottish government is increasingly confident it can win a new independence referendum and is considering calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Edinburgh administration say.


Morgan Stanley weighs initial 300 Brexit job moves - Bloomberg 23 Feb 2017

LONDON U.S. bank Morgan Stanley may initially move 300 staff from Britain following its exit from the European Union, and is scouting for office space in Frankfurt and Dublin, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

With right approach, UK can boost Commonwealth trade post Brexit - ex trade envoy 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Britain must treat the Commonwealth with humility if it is to make the most of the opportunity to boost post-Brexit trade, the head of a Commonwealth business organisation said ahead of a trade meeting next month with many former British colonies.


Net migration to Britain falls to lowest in more than two years 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Net migration to Britain has fallen to its lowest in more than two years, official data showed on Thursday, partly driven by an increase in the number of people from some eastern European countries leaving.


British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay 22 Feb 2017

LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday. | Video


Britain names Cressida Dick as London's first female police chief 22 Feb 2017

LONDON Britain has appointed experienced counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick, best known for heading an operation which led to the killing of an innocent Brazilian, as the first woman to head London's police force in its 188-year history.

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