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.
The seaside town of Hastings is very famous for one thing. In a battle fought almost 1,000 years ago, King Harold of England was shot in the eye by Norman invaders and lost his kingdom after being forced to fight on two fronts.
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. 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.
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.