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Here's what happened this week in the UK election, from the return of Farage to tussles over tax

Jun. 06, 2024 11:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s July 4 election is less than a month away. The campaign has already produced drama and disputes, even before the parties unveil their manifestos with detailed lists of promises in the coming days. This week saw Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and...

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer woos undecided voters with a vow to safeguard national security

May. 28, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British opposition leader Keir Starmer made his first major speech of the U.K. election campaign Monday, telling undecided voters that they can trust his Labour Party to safeguard the country’s economy, borders and security. Starmer is the favorite to win the July 4...

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is betting that calmer economic conditions will get him reelected

May. 23, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led. That's why his gamble to call a U.K. general election for July 4 has come as such a surprise. Those personal traits were supposed to be attributes that would endear him to British...

What we learned from local votes ahead of looming UK general election

May. 05, 2024 05:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of voters in England cast ballots Thursday in an array of local elections, the last big test before a looming U.K. general election that all indicators suggest will see the Labour Party return to power after 14 years in the wilderness. Prime Minister Rishi...

Labour's Sadiq Khan reelected as London mayor as UK's ruling Conservatives face more electoral pain

May. 04, 2024 16:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Sadiq Khan, the Labour Party's mayor of London, romped to victory Saturday, securing a record third straight term at City Hall, on another hugely disappointing day for the U.K.'s governing Conservatives ahead of a looming general election. Khan won a little over a...

The UK's Conservatives suffer historic losses in local elections as Labour edges closer to power

May. 03, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party suffered heavy losses in local election results Friday, further cementing expectations that the Labour Party will return to power after 14 years in a U.K. general election that will take place in the coming months. Labour won...

Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson turned away from polling station after forgetting photo ID

May. 03, 2024 06:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was turned away from a polling station after forgetting to bring ID to vote in the U.K.'s local elections. British media reported Friday that Johnson — who introduced the requirement for voters to provide ID with a photo...

What is at stake in UK local voting ahead of a looming general election

May. 02, 2024 13:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of voters in England and Wales cast ballots Thursday in an array of local elections amounting to the last big test before a U.K. general election that all indicators suggest will see the Conservative Party ousted from power after 14 years. Prime Minister...

UK puts its defense industry on 'war footing' and gives Ukraine $620 million in new military aid

Apr. 23, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.K. prime minister said Tuesday the country is putting its defense industry on a “war footing” by increasing defense spending to 2.5% of GDP by the end of the decade, and pledged to send arms worth 500 million pounds ($620 million) to Ukraine. Prime...

UK lawmaker won't run again after allegations of late night call for funds to pay off 'bad people'

Apr. 21, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker who allegedly used campaign funds to pay off people who were holding him hostage said Sunday that he wouldn't seek reelection after the governing Conservative Party found his behavior fell below the standard expected of members of Parliament. Mark...