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Voters oust criminal MP in UK first

May 02, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition triggered by her conviction for lying over a speeding offense

EJECTED. Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition. File photo from Onasanya's Facebook page

May stares down Brexit plan backlash as ministers quit

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's dramatic resignation follows those of Brexit minister David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker overnight over May's plans to keep Britain economically close to the bloc

DOWNING STREET. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018 Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves from 10 Downing street after attending a National Security Council meeting in London. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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Sep 13, 2016 - 3:01 PM

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Former British PM David Cameron quits politics

Sep 12, 2016 - 11:34 PM

UPDATED David Cameron: I now look forward to a life outside Westminster

DAVID CAMERON. This file photo taken on June 28, 2016 shows British Prime minister David Cameron arrives to give a press conference during a European Union summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo by Philippe Huguen/ 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

Britain's battered Labour struggles for new direction

May 11, 2015 - 9:05 PM

Rival factions are already jockeying for control of the center left party as Labour starts picking a new leader to replace Ed Miliband who quit Friday following their election flop

ELECTIONS. Poll workers are seen at work in Witney, Oxfordshire in May 2010. Photo from EPA

Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year

May 08, 2013 - 8:34 AM

The British government will set out its legislative program for the coming year on Wednesday May 8 with immigration top of the agenda

Thatcher makes final visit to parliament

Apr 17, 2013 - 8:23 AM

As Thatcher requested her body will spend the last night before her funeral in parliament where she served for more than half a century in both the lower and upper houses

LAST VISIT. Pallbearers carry the coffin of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as it arrives to be laid at the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercoft in the Houses of Parliament in London on April 16, 2013, to allow lawmakers to pay their last respects to the iron lady on the eve of her ceremonial funeral. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT

Tight security guards against threats to Thatcher funeral

Apr 15, 2013 - 3:23 PM

A major security operation has been planned for Wednesday s ceremonial event amid fears it could be disrupted by far left groups Irish republicans or individuals obsessed by the Iron Lady

Hundreds join anti-Thatcher 'party' in London

Apr 14, 2013 - 10:04 AM

Former coal miners involved in the year long strike against the Iron Lady s government in the 1980s joined far left activists and students to drink to her demise

'PARTY' FOR THATCHER. An effigy of late British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is carried during an anti-Thatcher party celebrating her death in Trafalgar Square in central London on April 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

Thatcher funeral set April 17 in divided Britain

Apr 10, 2013 - 7:45 AM

UPDATE Downing Street makes the announcement after a meeting between the Thatcher family and Buckingham Palace

Britain sticks to austerity path in budget

Mar 21, 2013 - 10:03 AM

Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne told parliament that Britain must hold to the right track

British parties strike deal on new press watchdog

Mar 19, 2013 - 7:47 AM

Britain s newspapers vowed to scrutinize a deal struck by politicians on a tough new press regulator which they warn threatens 318 years of press freedom

The front pages of British newspapers on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT

Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit

Feb 28, 2013 - 7:03 AM

Britain s Prince Harry attended a fundraising gala dinner organized in neighboring South Africa for his Lesotho charity projects as he wrapped up his three day visit to southern Africa

Britain's Prince Harry (L) flanked by Sister Victoria Mota (C) and Prince Seeiso, the younger brother of King Letsie of Lesotho, interacts with pupils at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf on February 27, 2013 in Maseru. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

British PM Cameron urges Scots not to break up nation

Feb 10, 2013 - 11:06 AM

Cameron: Put simply: Britain works Britain works well Why break it?

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands after signing an agreement to hold a referendum on Scottish independence at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 15, 2012. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed an agreement on Monday to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence. AFP PHOTO / GORDON TERRIS/POOL

British PM promises referendum on staying in EU by 2017

Jan 23, 2013 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 giving British people the choice of staying in or leaving the EU if his party wins the next election

In an image grab from pooled video footage taken on January 21, 2013 shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) speaking in parliament in London as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (L) and Foreign Secretary William Hague look on. AFP PHOTO/POOL

Northern Ireland flag protests signal wider problems

Jan 14, 2013 - 10:11 AM

The flag protests in Northern Ireland have exposed the deep sense of alienation felt by the staunchly pro British Loyalist community as the benefits of the peace process seemingly pass them by

Police in riot gear try to contain with Union Flag waving loyalist protesters during clashes in east Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 12, 2013 after the latest loyalist march against the decision to limit the days on which the Union Flag would be flown over Belfast City Hall. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY

Northern Ireland violence continues despite peace talks

Jan 07, 2013 - 9:35 AM

Violence flared for the fourth night running in Northern Ireland on Sunday January 6 hours after politicians and Church leaders held talks in a bid to quell a row over the flying of the British flag

N. IRELAND VIOLENCE. Loyalist protesters burn debris on the lower Newtownards road in Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY

Police under fire in fresh Northern Ireland violence

Jan 06, 2013 - 10:20 AM

Police in Northern Ireland arrested a 38 year old man on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday January 5 after reports that shots were fired at officers during fresh rioting in Belfast

N. IRELAND VIOLENCE. Loyalist protesters burn debris on the lower Newtownards road in Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY

BBC showed 'basic' journalistic failings in abuse story

Nov 13, 2012 - 8:36 AM

The BBC showed basic journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse an internal investigation found on Monday

BBC IN CRISIS. A journalist is seen presenting in front of camera, outside the BBC's New Broadcasting House in central London on November 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

BBC's director of news and deputy step aside: reports

Nov 12, 2012 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The BBC s director of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell have stepped aside amid the crisis over Jimmy Savile and a report wrongly accusing a politician of child abuse reports said Monday

Image courtesy of the BBC.

Crisis-hit BBC needs 'thorough, structural, radical overhaul' - chair

Nov 12, 2012 - 11:11 AM

Chris Patten the chairman of the BBC Trust said there must now be a thorough structural radical overhaul of the way the BBC was run although he said he would not be resigning over the row

Image courtesy of the BBC.

Scotland secures terms for 2014 independence vote

Oct 16, 2012 - 8:13 AM

Britain s prime minister and Scotland s first minister signed an agreement on Monday October 15 to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence that could lead to the United Kingdom breaking up after 300 years

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands after signing an agreement to hold a referendum on Scottish independence at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 15, 2012. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed an agreement on Monday to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence. AFP PHOTO / GORDON TERRIS/POOL