U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to introduce a register of lobbyists was attacked as inadequate by lawmakers from his own Conservative Party, and as a restriction on free speech from his Labour Party opponents.
U.K. lawmakers sparred on the future of political funding as a furor over the opposition Labour Party’s dependence on union money revived reform proposals ranging from donation limits to tapping taxpayers for cash.
Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned a bid to drive through legislation to overhaul the House of Lords after Conservative lawmakers threatened to rebel, throwing relations with his coalition partners into jeopardy.
David Cameron said it’s “increasingly likely” he’ll publish his tax returns, becoming the first British premier to do so as he seeks to defuse accusations that he’ll benefit personally from an income-tax cut next year.
U.K. economic growth slowed in the second quarter as manufacturing shrank and services showed signs of losing momentum, adding pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to ease the squeeze on consumers.
Pressure is building on Prime Minister David Cameron to find new initiatives to revive the economy in the wake of riots across England this month as the harshest austerity program in living memory starts to bite.