The U.K. Independence Party won seats from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tories and their Liberal Democrat coalition partners in English local elections, emphasizing a drift away from mainstream political movements.
U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said there had been “one or two teething problems” over preparations for local elections after the Daily Mirror newspaper pictured a UKIP candidate making a Nazi salute.
The U.K. Liberal Democrat party held the seat of Eastleigh in a special election, adding to the woes of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party was pushed into third place behind the U.K. Independence Party.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne held firm to his austerity plan as the economy continues to stagnate, saying government spending cuts will carry on for three years after the 2015 election.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell his Liberal Democrat party today that there’s no alternative to spending and welfare cuts, rejecting accusations he “sold out” by joining a coalition with the Conservatives.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne faces the prospect of breaching his self-imposed budget rules as an economy struggling to escape recession drives debt higher and erodes his political capital.