When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called an election for May 6, most pundits expected a traditional two-horse race between the Conservative and Labour parties, with David Cameron’s Tories snatching a narrow victory in the final lap. They certainly didn’t expect Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to crash the party and deny victory to either of his more established rivals-potentially even taking the main prize for himself.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives begin a battle to win the Eastleigh parliamentary special election with a three-point lead over Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, who currently hold the seat, a poll showed.
Former U.K. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said he’ll step down as a Liberal Democrat lawmaker after pleading guilty in a London court today to perverting the course of justice in relation to a speeding offense.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron starts a visit to the U.S. overshadowed by his Tory lawmakers planning a rebellion over Britain’s membership in the European Union and a call from a Cabinet minister to exit the bloc.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gave to the rich by lowering Britain’s 50 percent top income-tax rate, provoking a backlash as he also took more than 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) from pensioners.
A Labour government would tax U.K. homes valued at over 2 million pounds ($3.1 million) to pay for a new 10 percent income-tax band for low earners, the opposition party’s leader, Ed Miliband, announced today.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg killed off plans by David Cameron’s Conservatives to monitor data from phone calls and e-mails, citing concerns about civil liberties, as Parliament prepared to end its current session.
David Cameron asserted his Tory credentials halfway through his term with Cabinet changes designed to appeal to his party’s core support, even at the risk of damaging coalition ties with the Liberal Democrats.