Britain’s unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low in February, underscoring the strength of the economic recovery and raising the prospect of a debate among Bank of England officials about whether to raise interest rates.
A five-year squeeze on living standards is coming to an end, providing a boost for Prime Minister David Cameron as he battles opposition claims that ordinary Britons are facing a “cost of living crisis.”
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg attacked the Labour opposition’s “paucity of credibility on the economy” before the release of new U.K. data which may show a five-year squeeze on living standards coming to an end.
The U.K. Independence Party, which wants Britain to leave the European Union, hit a polling high as analysis suggested David Cameron’s Conservative Party is headed for third place in European Parliament elections in May.
The chaos that followed flooding on Christmas Eve at London Gatwick shows airports across the U.K. must improve their contingency planning and ensure they put passengers’ interests first, lawmakers said.
The U.K. Office for National Statistics said it failed to realize that migrants from the European Union were arriving on discount airlines at smaller airports, leading it to underestimate net migration by 356,000 between 2001 and 2010.
Prime Minister David Cameron, whose day began with the resignation of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, finished it with his eyes shut, leaning against a pillar in his London residence as a soprano sang for his Easter reception.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron promoted a Treasury minister, Sajid Javid, to the cabinet after Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigned over an expenses probe. It leaves Cameron with just three female cabinet members.