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UK party leaders grilled by wary voters on Brexit and more

Nov. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Dec. 12 vote has been dubbed the “Brexit election,” dominated by the country’s stalled exit from the European Union. But political parties are also trying to win over voters more worried about the U.K.’s stuttering economy and frayed social fabric....

AP FACT CHECK: Leaders’ questionable claims in U.K. election

Nov. 22, 2019 8:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Claims of ruinous spending sprees and twisted truths are flying in during campaigning for Britain’s Dec. 12 election, in which all 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. The main parties are touting ambitious spending plans while warning of the alleged economic damage that...

UK Labour party vows radical changes if it wins Dec. 12 vote

Nov. 21, 2019 12:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party promised Thursday to radically expand public spending and state ownership if it wins the Dec. 12 election, trying to close a persistent opinion-poll gap with the governing Conservatives. The party said a Labour government would nationalize...

UK Conservatives under fire for Twitter deception in debate

Nov. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party was accused Wednesday of trying to deceive voters by changing the name of its press office Twitter account to “factcheckUK” during a televised election debate, raising concerns that political parties’ online trickery is undermining...

Criticism of Hong Kong mask ruling seen as hint from China

Nov. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

No clear champ as Johnson, Corbyn spar in UK election debate

Nov. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked each other’s policies on Brexit, health care and the economy Tuesday in a televised election debate that likely failed to answer the question troubling many voters: Why should we trust you? The two...

Britain’s Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront. The heir apparent to the British throne and the Duchess of Cornwall were on the third day of a weeklong trip to New...

The Latest: Chinese envoy accuses UK, US of interference

Nov. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 9 p.m. China’s ambassador to Britain has accused the U.K. and U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of China and Hong Kong as authorities in the semi-autonomous territory struggle to contain months of protests. Liu Xiaoming...

UK leader Johnson faces questions about ties to US woman

Nov. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced new questions Monday about his relationship with an American businesswoman who allegedly received favors and public funds while Johnson was the mayor of London. Johnson’s speech Monday to U.K. business leaders ahead of Britain’s Dec. 12...

650 House seats, 74 days to Brexit: UK election in numbers

Nov. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — There's less than a month to go until Britain's Dec. 12 election, and the country's political parties are battling over funding promises, economic priorities and Brexit plans. Here is a look at some key numbers in an election that could determine not only who governs Britain, but when, how...