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Britain raises VAT sales tax to 20%

Andrew Atkinson BusinessWeek 23.06.2010
Britain raises VAT sales tax to 20%

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne increased the value-added tax rate to 20 percent from 17.5 percent in the first permanent change to the levy on sales of goods and services in almost two decades.

UK: Muslim protesters brand war heroes 'murderers' as homecoming parade turns violent

Screaming hate and brandishing vile placards, Muslim extremists and far-Right groups clashed yesterday in ugly scenes that marred a parade by soldiers.


London mayor tells Obama: Stop bashing Britain

Nicholas Cecil This is London 11.06.2010
London mayor tells Obama: Stop bashing Britain

Senior Tories today warned Barack Obama to back off as billions of pounds were wiped off BP shares in the row over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Obama brother refused entry to UK

Barack Obama's half-brother was denied entry to the UK after being accused of a serious crime on an earlier visit, the Home Office has confirmed.


Taxi driver kills 12, wounds 25 in England

A CRAZED gunman shot dead 12 people today in a shooting rampage before killing himself. Taxi driver Derrick Bird killed a fellow cabbie then drove through the Lake District in Cumbria apparently blasting his victims at random before turning the we...

Duchess of York apologizes over newspaper sting

Matt Falloon Yahoo! News 24.05.2010
Duchess of York apologizes over newspaper sting

Britain's Duchess of York, caught on camera apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband, UK trade envoy Prince Andrew, said on Sunday she was sorry for her "serious lapse in judgment."


David Cameron Is UK's New Prime Minister

Kate Sullivan SKY News 12.05.2010
David Cameron Is UK's New Prime Minister

Tory leader David Cameron has entered Number 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister for the first time - and said: "This is going to be hard and difficult work."

UK's Gordon Brown to quit as Labour Party leader

GORDON Brown has sensationally revealed he will quit as Labour leader. In a speech outside 10 Downing Street, the PM said his party will elect a new leader by the time of its next conference in September. But, he said, he will not stand or back an...


Britain on hold as coalition talks continue

Roland Watson, Sam Coates and Francis Elliott The Times 10.05.2010
Britain on hold as coalition talks continue

Nick Clegg is making David Cameron sweat as the pair edge towards a deal that would put the Conservative leader in Downing Street.

UK Election 2010: Conservatives set to be largest party

The Conservatives are on course to be the largest party in a hung parliament, after more than 400 election results.


The European commission forecast for the UK budget deficit is higher than Alistair Darling's.

Whoever wins the election must make sorting out the public finances the top priority, the European commission warned on the eve of the poll, as it predicted the British budget deficit would swell this year to become the biggest in the European Uni...

Final Polls Point To Hung UK Parliament

Britain is heading for a hung parliament according to the final opinion polls before the General Election.


Simon Cowell’s vision for a New Britain

TOM NEWTON DUNN The Sun 05.05.2010
Simon Cowell’s vision for a New Britain

TV mogul Simon Cowell says tomorrow's General Election MUST bring change to Britain. Writing for The Sun, he signals that the country he deeply loves needs a new government to pull it out of crisis.

British parties too close to call in election week

Opinion polls indicated on Monday Britain remained on course for a parliament with no outright majority, raising the rare prospect of a minority or coalition government after Thursday's election.


Open season on Gordon Brown as heckler is thrown out of glass factory for shouting at beleaguered British PM

Gordon Brown's s election campaign was plunged into fresh disarray yesterday as a protester was dragged from a Labour Party event for heckling the Prime Minister over his ‘bigoted’ jibe against Gillian Duffy.

Christian preacher arrested in UK for saying homosexuality is a sin

A Christian street preacher was arrested and locked in a cell for telling a passer-by that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.


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Primary School principals and teachers from Hong Kong visited The University of Northampton as part of a project to observe methods and practices for the inclusion and teaching of students with special educational needs.

British PM says sorry over "bigot woman" gaffe

VINCE SOODIN and NEIL MILLARD The Sun 29.04.2010
British PM says sorry over "bigot woman" gaffe

Embarrased Gordon Brown holds his head in his hand after he was caught calling a Labour voter a "bigot". The PM made a grovelling apology on radio as he was challenged over his comments.


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Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific (CPCAY) face allegations of illegal price-fixing on the London to Hong Kong route after the Hong Kong flag carrier shopped its British counterpart to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

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Barclays Plc, the third-biggest U.K. bank by assets, said earnings rose more than analysts estimated in the second half, helped by the purchase of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. assets and the sale of an insurance unit.



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