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PM May says will stop companies abusing pension schemes

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would clamp down on bosses who try to “line their own pockets” while not protecting workers’ pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound hole in its pension scheme. Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, the Prime Minister said private companies could help deliver […]

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McDonald to succeed Adams as Sinn Fein leader in striking shift

BELFAST (Reuters) – Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party as it bids to enter government on both sides of the Irish border. Adams, a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for almost 50 years, […]

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Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU: Macron

LONDON (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Britain would be able to have a bespoke deal with the European Union after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s objectives. But in an interview with the BBC, Macron said London’s financial center could not enjoy the same level of access to the EU […]

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McDonald to succeed Adams as Sinn Fein leader

BELFAST (Reuters) – Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party. Adams, a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for almost 50 years, announced that he would step down as leader of the former political wing of […]

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London Mayor attacks decision not to challenge release of black-cab rapist

LONDON (Reuters) – London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined a chorus of protest on Friday against a government decision not to block the release from jail of a former black-cab driver suspected of assaulting dozens, possibly hundreds of women. Khan said it was “extremely disappointing” that the government was not challenging a decision by the Parole […]

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Ineos’ plan to build British 4X4s started as a pub chat

LONDON (Reuters) – What started as a discussion in a pub could end up creating as many as 1,500 jobs in Britain by late 2020 as privately-owned Ineos moves ahead with plans to build a new 4×4 vehicle, one of its directors told Reuters. Ineos, better known as a chemical manufacturer, wants to build an […]

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France says no for now to Johnson’s idea of giant Channel bridge

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – France on Friday politely rejected Boris Johnson’s idea of building a giant bridge across the English Channel after Brexit, saying that, while far-fetched ideas were worth considering, there were plenty of major European projects to finish first. Foreign Secretary Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, […]

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Teenager pleads not guilty to carrying out London bomb attack on train

LONDON (Reuters) – A teenager accused of planting an improvised bomb on a London commuter train which injured 30 people pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempted murder and causing an explosion at Parsons Green station in southwest London last September. Ahmed Hassan, 18, appeared at London’s Old Bailey by video link from […]

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UK retail sales slide in December, capping tough year for consumers

LONDON (Reuters) – British shop sales slid by much more than expected in December, capping off the weakest year for retail since 2013 as consumers squeezed by the Brexit hit to prices continued to keep a tight grip on spending. Retail sales volumes dropped 1.5 percent from November, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, […]

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Let’s build a bridge to Europe after we Brexit, Johnson suggests

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s most prominent campaigner for leaving the European Union, Boris Johnson, has suggested building a giant bridge across the English Channel to France after Brexit, The Daily Telegraph reported. Foreign Secretary Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, told French President Emmanuel Macron that he felt […]

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Tillerson hopes to visit controversial new U.S. London embassy next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hopes to visit the controversial new U.S. embassy during a trip to London next week, but the State Department said it had not been decided whether he would formally open the building. U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London to open the […]

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Bright lights, big city – Light art festival takes to London’s streets

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway. Lumiere London features over 50 works by British and overseas artists, located in public spaces, buildings and on the streets. The […]

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‘We must question our views’: Irish opposition leader backs abortion reform

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The leader of Ireland’s main opposition party said on Thursday that he had changed his views on Ireland’s strict abortion laws and would support their removal, in a potentially significant intervention ahead of a referendum in the coming months. The government has pledged to hold the plebiscite as soon as May to […]

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British lawmaker points to Santander UK chief in scandal over RBS restructuring unit

LONDON (Reuters) – A British lawmaker on Thursday put the boss of Santander UK at the centre of a growing political storm over the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) treatment of small businesses during and after the financial crisis. Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said in a parliamentary debate that Nathan Bostock, who […]

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British PM May says honored by French loan of Bayeux Tapestry

SANDHURST, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she was honored that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066. “Our shared history is reflected in the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK […]

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Britain’s banks provide support for firms hit by Carillion collapse

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest banks have announced a range of measures to support firms and contractors hit by the collapse of construction outsourcing company Carillion. The banks, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC, said on Thursday they would open funds for business customers in Carillion’s supply chain. Meanwhile Nationwide […]

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Red-dragon flags greet Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle in Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle visited Wales on Thursday on their third official joint appearance since announcing their engagement last November. The couple have attracted huge attention since announcing they were getting married, and as with their previous appearances, hundreds of people greeted them in Cardiff, waving Welsh […]

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Nationwide and Lloyds announce Carillion support measures

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Nationwide Building Society (POB_p.L) will employ around 250 contractors from failed construction outsourcing company Carillion, the lender said on Thursday, meaning their jobs will be saved. Lloyds Banking Group meanwhile said it would launch a 50 million pound fund to help small businesses within Carillion’s supply chain that may be experiencing […]

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Nationwide to guarantee 250 Carillion contractor jobs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Nationwide Building Society (POB_p.L) will employ around 250 contractors from failed outsourcing company Carillion, the lender said on Thursday, meaning their jobs will be saved. Nationwide said in a statement a further 1,500 staff are engaged by separate, third-party suppliers who work on Nationwide contracts with Carillion. Those suppliers will now […]

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UK taxpayers paying billions more for privately funded projects – watchdog

LONDON (Reuters) – British taxpayers are spending billions of pounds more on hospitals and schools funded by private companies, a parliamentary watchdog said on Thursday, amid fresh concerns about whether companies should be given the work. The collapse of Carillion this week, one of the biggest beneficiaries of such contracts, forced the government to step […]