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UK gov't accused of slow response to virus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:00 PM

In his first chance to question the government since being elected Labour leader, Keir Starmer says there is 'a significant gap between promise and delivery' in how ministers are handling the crisis

CORONAVIRUS IN UK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer listening during Prime Minister's Question time in the House of Commons in London on April 22, 2020, as parliament resumes with social distancing measure in place, and some MPs taking part remotely by videolink, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AFP PHOTO/PRU

UK opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn says 'sorry' for election defeat

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country,' Jeremy Corbyn writes in the Sunday Mirror newspaper

CORBYN. Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London on December 13, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK Labour leader calls Russia leak accusations 'nonsense'

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn dismisses allegations that the leaked classified documents were put online by Russia

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK Labour suffers 'major cyberattack' ahead of election

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The Labour Party says some of its campaign activities were slowed but were restored by early Tuesday and are now back to normal

UK set for 3rd election in 4 years to try to break Brexit gridlock

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen,' says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

LABOUR. Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Hastings, southeast England on January 17, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Torn by Brexit, Labour to vote on way out of the crisis

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The same disputes over ways out of the Brexit crisis that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority are also fraying Labour on the left

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's main opposition Labour Party shadow home secretary Diane Abbott (L) speaks with leader Jeremy Corbyn on stage at the Labour party conference in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 22, 2019. Photo by DANIEL Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The result is a setback for the Brexit Party – founded by euroskeptic figurehead Nigel Farage only a few months ago – which came out on top in the European elections in May

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures as he arrives at a polling station to vote in the European Parliament elections, in Biggin Hill, south east England on May 23, 2019. Voting got under way in Britain early on Thursday in elections to the European Parliament -- a contest the country had not expected to hold nearly three years after the Brexit referendum. Ben STANSALL / AFP

Britain's Labour launches EU vote campaign warning of 'Trump Brexit'

May 10, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Left-wing stalwart Corbyn urges supporters of a so-called no deal departure from the European Union to 'think it through'

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attends the launch of his party's European election campaign in Chatham, southeast England on May 9, 2019. Britain will hold elections to the European Parliament later this month regardless of what happens in ongoing talks with the opposition to pass a Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Tuesday. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

7 MPs quit UK Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The 7 MPs will form a breakaway independent group in parliament, undermining Jeremy Corbyn as he attempts to steer the party through the highly divisive issue of Brexit

BREXIT. Former Labour party MPs Ann Coffey (C-L), and Chuka Umunna arrive to speak at a press conference in London on February 18, 2019, where they and colleagues announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM seeks to reopen Brexit deal

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:51 PM

With exactly two months to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, Theresa May is going to attempt to change the agreement she herself negotiated

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

UK Labour proposes MPs vote on new Brexit referendum

Jan 22, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Labour amendment has little chance of success as it would need the support of members of Theresa May's Conservative party, who are unlikely to back a plan proposed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

LABOUR. Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Hastings, southeast England on January 17, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British PM delays Brexit deal vote but EU warns no renegotiation

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British Prime Minister Theresa May vows 'no doubt this deal is the right one' but will seek 'further assurances' over a controversial backstop clause relating to Northern Ireland

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 20, 2016 ahead of an evidence session with the Commons Liason Committee at the House of Commons. The prime minister was set to appear before the parliamentary committee to be questioned on Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

UK's May under assault over EU exit deal

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:22 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May must now navigate the Brexit agreement through a divided chamber in which she holds the slimmest working majority – and where lawmakers oppose it on all sides

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK Labour pressures PM with Brexit customs union call

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe'

CALL FOR CUSTOMS UNION. Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Ben Stanstall/AFP

UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The opposition Labour party tables the 'humble address' motion in which they call for the government to publish its assessment of 58 sectors, including tourism and nuclear

Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:53 AM

New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern expresses confidence her new government would see out its full term, despite long-standing tensions between junior coalition partners the Greens and New Zealand First

CHANGE. Leader of the Labour party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Once the Greens formally approve the coalition, Ardern will become New Zealand's youngest leader since 1856 and only the third female prime minister of the nation of 4.6 million

NEXT PM? In this file photo, the leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a Labour Party rally in Hamilton on September 17, 2017 ahead of New Zealand's General election next week. Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority

ELECTION DEADLOCK. Leader of the National Party Bill English speaks to supporters at the party's election event at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland on September 23, 2017. Michael Bradley/AFP

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader s legislative plans – the Queen s Speech – in a key test of whether she can stay in power

MAY'S PARLIAMENT TEST. British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on January 17, 2017. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM's top aides quit after election disaster

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Senior members of the ruling Conservative party have reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority

ELECTIONS. In this file photo British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, southwest of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

The week in photos: June 3-9, 2017

Jun 10, 2017 - 11:51 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CLASSES SUSPENDED. Philippine Army Scout Rangers crouch in a classroom during a mission to flush out Islamist militant snipers in Marawi on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:53 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May boycotted a primetime television debate just days before the June 8 general election

FACE OFF. (L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain and broadcast live from Senate House in Cambridge on May 31, 2017, ahead of the upcoming general election. Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in TV grilling

May 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Ten days before the snap polls on June 8 the two rivals separately faced wide ranging questions from members of the public before interrogations by veteran bulldog broadcaster Jeremy Paxman

ENTER STAGE. British Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in the 'May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10,' Sky News and Channel 4 event in at Sky Studios in London, on May 29, 2017. Stefan Rosseau/Pool/AFP

Gulf in living standards at heart of UK election battle

May 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Flat wages and the government s austerity program continue to bite and cause anger among those left behind

A television screen showing coverage of the 2017 UK general election is pictured inside the Conservative Party campaign bus on the motorway near London on May 15, 2017. Justi Tallis/Pool/AFP

UK Labour's election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

May 11, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Among the pledges which are yet to be signed off the party says it will guarantee a meaningful vote on the final Brexit agreement and rules out leaving the European Union without a deal

CAMPAIGN STOP. Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters at general election campaign visit in York, northern England, on May 10, 2017. Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

May takes tough Brexit stance as UK holds local elections

May 04, 2017 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED Britain will choose thousands of new local councillors in a vote that will be closely watched for proof of the strength of May s Conservatives

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after speaking outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 3, 2017, following her return from Buckingham Palace where she met with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Justin Tallis/AFP

Blair announces return to British politics to fight Brexit

May 01, 2017 - 11:05 AM

He says he wants to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union

BLAIR IS BACK. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in St Paul, Minnesota, July 17, 2016. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation/AFP

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The House of Commons votes by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 – plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union

SEAT OF POWER. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Lords defy May for a second time on Brexit

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The House of Lords votes to give parliament the final say on how Britain leaves the European Union

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May, including most members of the parliament's lower House of Commons, voted to remain in the European Union. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Victory for May as Labour suffers historic defeat

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:33 AM

The results saw the Brexit championing UK Independence Party fail to capitalize on the June referendum vote to leave the European Union

British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Steve Parsons

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

6 months in, Brexit shadow looms over PM May

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The Conservative leader s refusal to outline a detailed strategy for negotiating Britain s future ties with the European Union has only deepened suspicions among politicians of all stripes that she does not have a grand plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

UK PM faces backlash over Brexit immigration plan

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED Theresa May s address to the Conservative party conference comes as the pound plunged on currency markets and amid growing criticism of proposals to make businesses publish lists of how many foreign workers they employ

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote address on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2016. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Theresa May to become Britain's next PM

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Theresa May will become the prime minister who leads Britain into talks to quit the European Union on Wednesday July 13

NEXT PRIME MINISTER. Britain's new Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks to members of the media at The St Stephen's entrance to the Palace of Westminster in London on July 11, 2016. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British Labour chief to face leadership challenge

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Angela Eagle 55 announces her leadership bid following the collapse of peace talks aimed at resolving the crisis surrounding Corbyn s running of the left of center party

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE. A file photograph showing British Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Angela Eagle delivering a speech during the first day of the Labour Conference in Brighton, Britain, September 27, 2015. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA