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  • *UK faces close national election on May 7. SOLIHULL/ LONDON, April 21- The future of the United Kingdom would be imperilled if Scottish nationalists prop up a Labour government after May 7' s election because they would use the role to prepare another independence vote, former prime minister John Major said on Tuesday. Speaking in Solihull, central England, former...

  • LONDON, April 21- Britain's stability would be threatened if a future Labour government cut a deal with Scottish nationalists, John Major, the country's former Conservative prime minister, will warn on Tuesday, saying "mayhem" and political blackmail would ensue. Major's intervention comes ahead of a knife-edge May 7 election in which neither the...

  • LONDON, April 21- As Britain heads to national elections in May, high prices have reshaped the housing market, doubling the proportion of people who rent privately and dissuading many young people from saving for a home. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party plans to expand a "Right to Buy" programme, first introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980, to...

  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...

  • EDINBURGH/ LONDON, April 20- The Scottish National Party set out plans for higher public spending on Monday, aiming to reverse five years of austerity measures as it goes into a close-run UK election with hopes of winning the power to broker the next British government. Polls show neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor the opposition Labour...

  • 2 factors behind London's housing crisis   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:10 AM ET
    2 factors behind London's housing crisis

    Lucian Cook, director of residential research at Savills, says that the two factors affecting the U.K. housing market currently are lack of house building and lack of housing transactions.

  • *UK tax rise will cost pair $2 bln/ yr and may rise again. LONDON, April 19- HSBC and Standard Chartered are looking at the viability of quitting London for a new home in Asia because a big jump in a tax on UK banks makes staying in Britain increasingly painful. "There is a very clear risk that HSBC and StanChart reach a pain threshold where they think it is no longer worth...

  • LONDON— Prime Minister David Cameron and his main opponent agree on one thing going into Britain's May 7 election: Voters should choose the next leader based on the health of the economy. The opposition Labour Party is urging voters to look behind the headlines. "It's about austerity and globalization," said John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University...

  • LONDON, April 18- British opposition leader Ed Miliband said on Saturday that he would set up a new government unit to prosecute employers who exploit migrant workers if his Labour Party wins power in the national election on May 7. More than 600,000 people migrated to Britain in the 12 months to September, up from over half a million the year before, while average...

  • *UK unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct. LONDON, April 17- Britain's economy created the largest number of new jobs in nearly a year and unemployment hit its lowest rate since mid-2008, official labor market data showed on Friday, the last such report before a closely fought election on May 7. The opposition Labor Party stressed the slow pace of Britain's recovery in...

  • This UK election is 'unpredictable': Skinner   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 4:45 AM ET
    This UK election is 'unpredictable': Skinner

    Gideon Skinner, head of Political Research at IPSOS Mori, says "it's too close to call" in the updating general election.

  • LONDON, April 17- European Union plans to help markets raise more funds for the economy play to London's strengths as a global trading centre, the bloc's financial services chief Jonathan Hill told leading bankers and dealers on Friday. In his first speech to London's financial community since his appointment to the European Commission last November, the...

  • LONDON, April 15- Britain's Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a close election in three weeks' time, hinted they could back some form of Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to hold an EU membership referendum in return for unspecified concessions. Cameron's plan to hold an EU referendum by 2017 was not among them, however, and though the Liberal...

  • *UK faces close election on May 7. SWINDON/ LONDON, April 14- British Prime Minister David Cameron launched his party's pre-election policy manifesto on Tuesday, promising to deliver the "Conservative dream" of a home-owning democracy, where over 1 million more families could buy their homes cheaply. He made no mention of his rival, opposition Labour Party leader...

  • *UK faces close election on May 7. LONDON, April 14- British Prime Minister David Cameron will use the launch of his party's policy manifesto on Tuesday to woo voters with a "Conservative dream" that would allow more than 1 million poorer families to buy their own homes at a discount. Designed to court working class voters who have abandoned his party for the anti-EU...

  • UK Labour Party launches manifesto   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    UK Labour Party launches manifesto

    Ahead of the U.K. elections, Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader, says "there is going to be a change" when it comes to tax avoidance. CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports.

  • UK's two-party system is gone: Costley   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    UK's two-party system is gone: Costley

    Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, talks about the Scottish National Party and its possible influence on the upcoming U.K. election. He adds that the two-party system in the U.K. is now gone.

  • MANCHESTER/ LONDON, April 13- Opposition Labor leader Ed Miliband tried to overturn a damaging perception his party cannot be trusted on the economy, unveiling a manifesto he said showed it had the most responsible plan to manage Britain's finances. Britain is facing its most unpredictable election since the 1970 s on May 7 and most polls show Labor and the...

  • LONDON, April 13- British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 national election, an opinion poll showed on Monday. The Populus poll of 2,036 adults from April 10-12 showed support for the Conservatives had risen by two percentage points to 33 percent, putting them level with Labour,...

  • LONDON, April 13- The Scottish National Party has nearly doubled its lead over Britain's opposition Labour Party to 28 percentage points in the last month ahead of a close-fought election on May 7, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. What happens in Scotland is crucial because if Labour does poorly in what has traditionally been a stronghold, its...