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LONDON (Reuters) – British eurosceptic party UKIP was thrown into turmoil again on Saturday when its members removed leader Henry Bolton after less than five months in charge following criticism of his leadership and a scandal about racist comments made by his lover. The anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) was an influential force in
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MUNICH (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May made her case on Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations. In a speech to Western leaders and officials in Munich,
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MUNICH (Reuters) – Britain and the EU should sign a new security treaty and must not let ideological differences block co-operation in that sector after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday. May said key aspects of a future partnership should be effective from 2019, emphasising she was unconditionally committed to European security. Britain
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LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian luxury outerwear brand Sentaler made its first foray into London Fashion Week on Friday, with a private showcase that aimed to capitalise on its recent association with Meghan Markle, the actress fiancée of Britain’s Prince Harry. For fashion brands, having apparel seen on a member of Britain’s royal family can lead
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Mulberry looked to the garden parties of old to inspire its most modern fashion collection to date, as the brand on Friday launched a new format allowing shoppers to buy its wares straight off the catwalk instead of months later. The label unveiled its latest designs – including dresses in floral
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LONDON (Reuters) – Oxfam has agreed not to bid for any new funding from Britain’s government until London is satisfied the charity meets sufficient ethical standards, development minister Penny Mordaunt said on Friday. The Times newspaper reported last week that some Oxfam staff had paid for sex with prostitutes in Haiti after the country’s 2010
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government is ready to push for the kind of Brexit plan for financial services that the City of London has long favoured, but which has already run into opposition in Brussels, two government officials said on Friday. London is expected to signal in the next few weeks that it wants a
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LONDON Reuters) – British retail sales barely rose in January, suggesting consumer demand remained lacklustre at the start of 2018, official figures showed on Friday. Britons kicked off 2018 with a bigger-than-normal splurge on gym wear, but this was offset by falling food sales, the Office for National Statistics said. Overall, retail sales volumes rose
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LONDON (Reuters) – Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood brought models off the catwalk and onto the streets of London in an anti-fracking protest on Thursday. The punk icon was joined by her son Joe Corre outside the central London offices of British petrochemicals firm Ineos, which is seeking to develop shale gas projects in Britain. The
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s markets watchdog was too slow to prevent “vulture” financial advisers from ripping off steelworkers faced with critical decisions over their 14 billion pound pension pot, lawmakers said in a report on Thursday. Advice on transferring pension pots and the punitive fees charged were another major mis-selling scandal, parliament’s work and pensions
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will stop funding overseas aid agencies if they fail to learn the lessons from Oxfam’s sex abuse scandal, and the government will discuss possible prosecutions with law enforcement, the British development minister said on Wednesday. Penny Mordaunt told anti-poverty groups that Britain – one of the world’s most generous foreign development
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LONDON (Reuters) – A man died after two vehicles collided on the airfield at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s biggest hub, police said on Wednesday. “One male, is believed to have sustained a broken shoulder; his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “Another male, aged in his 40s, was
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LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Boris Johnson will say on Wednesday that it would be “intolerable” and “undemocratic” if the country has to follow European Union rules and regulations after Brexit, showing little sign he will give ground on his tough position. Kicking off a series of speeches by ministers that Prime Minister Theresa
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government will tell aid agencies on Wednesday it will withdraw funding if they cannot show they are preventing abuse by staff following allegations of sexual misconduct involving British aid organisation Oxfam. The Times newspaper reported on Friday that some Oxfam staff in Haiti after the country’s 2010 earthquake had paid for
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LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign minister Boris Johnson will appeal on Wednesday to those who he says are seeking to reverse the result of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, saying Brexit “is not grounds for fear but hope”. In the first of several speeches by government ministers that Prime Minister Theresa May hopes will
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LONDON (Reuters) – Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to a parliamentary report on Wednesday. Lack of clarity over immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible position, it added. “The government
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LONDON (Reuters) – British aid organisation Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about “a culture of sexual abuse” involving aid workers had not been taken seriously by the charity’s bosses. Helen Evans’ statement deepened the scandal around one of the best-known international NGOs, which has
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(Reuters) – Britain has partnered with a London-based firm to develop an algorithm that can identify terrorist content online with greater accuracy than anything previously known, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told tech leaders in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. “This is an incredibly exciting development which could help remove significant amount of the terrorist material we’re
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LONDON (Reuters) – Former soccer coach Barry Bennell was found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys in the 1980s, British media reported on Tuesday. The 64-year-old, who was once a talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and a coach at Manchester City, was convicted of 36 charges including rape and indecent assault by a jury
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LONDON (Reuters) – Police were investigating an incident in the British parliament on Tuesday, the lower house of the legislature said, and media reports said officers were checking a suspect package. “The police are currently investigating an incident on the parliamentary estate,” a House of Commons spokesperson said, without elaborating. A police spokesman said he
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LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hear on Tuesday whether his legal bid to halt action against him for breaching bail has been successful, in a ruling that could pave the way for him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Even if a judge rules in his favour, though, he may elect
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LONDON (Reuters) – KPMG and other leading accountancy firms face serious questions over their work with failed construction firm Carillion after making millions of pounds out of their relationships with the company, British lawmakers said on Tuesday. Lawmakers from two parliamentary committees examining the collapse of Carillion said that KPMG had earned 29.4 million pounds
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