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We can rip up the EU rule book, PM Johnson tells UK voters

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will bolster his argument on Tuesday for leaving the European Union early next year, urging voters to return him to power so Britain can “rip up the EU rule book and write a new one for ourselves”.

Just days before Britain votes ...

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Dress Diana wore as she danced with Travolta fails to sell at auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A midnight blue velvet gown that Princess Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House state dinner failed to sell at auction on Monday, though two of her other dresses went for above their estimated prices.

The off-the-shoulder bodiced Victor ...

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As election nears, PM Johnson criticised for response to photo of sick child

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under fire on Monday for his response to being shown a photo of a sick child lying on a hospital floor ahead of the Dec. 12 election.

Later during a campaign visit, he was taken to task by a voter who challenged his Conservative ...

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Serial rapist given 33 life sentences after UK rampage while wrongly free

LONDON (Reuters) - A convicted burglar who assaulted and raped women and children during a two-week rampage across Britain while wrongly free from jail was given 33 life sentences on Monday, with the judge saying he would never cease to be a danger to society.

Joseph McCann, 34, was ...

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PM Johnson questions BBC's licence fee funding

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday questioned why the BBC should continue to be supported by an annual fee paid by all viewing households, one of the biggest hints to date that the funding of Britain’s main news provider could be upended.

The BBC, ...

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PM Johnson's lead over Labour narrows slightly - ICM poll

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has seen its lead over the opposition Labour Party narrow slightly to six points, according to an opinion poll by ICM for Reuters published ahead of Thursday’s election.

Shortly after two other ...

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Labour's McDonnell promises nationalisation under a minority government

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Labour Party would seek to implement its radical manifesto, including nationalisation, if it forms a minority government after Thursday’s election, the party’s would-be finance minister John McDonnell said on Monday.

“If we are a ...

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Dress Diana wore as she danced with Travolta up for auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A midnight blue velvet gown that Princess Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House state dinner is up for auction on Monday, with an estimated price tag of 250,000-300,000 pounds.

The off-the-shoulder bodiced Victor Edelstein frock, which ...

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British model Lily Cole backs climate change hunger strikers

LONDON (Reuters) - British model and actress Lily Cole on Monday visited two elderly climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion group who have been on hunger strike outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party headquarters for 22 days.

Peter Cole, 76, and ...

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Labour's McDonnell: No run on sterling if we win election

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party is not expecting a run on the pound if the party wins Thursday’s election, Labour’s would-be finance minister John McDonnell said on Monday, adding that he thought the currency could rise instead.

Asked what his plan ...

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UK Labour would deliver first budget on February 5 - McDonnell

LONDON (Reuters) - The man who would be Britain’s finance minister if the opposition Labour Party takes power after Thursday’s election said on Monday he would deliver his first tax-and-spending budget statement on Feb. 5.

“My first act as a chancellor will be write to ...

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Brexit in January or second referendum - the UK election choice

LONDON (Reuters) - The Dec. 12 election will decide whether the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in January or moves towards another EU referendum.

Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to deliver Brexit on Jan. 31. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has ...

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PM Johnson on Heathrow: might be difficult to lie before bulldozers

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he would try to find a way to honour his promise to oppose Heathrow airport expansion by lying down in front of bulldozers but that it might be difficult for him.

The British parliament has approved an expansion plan ...

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Johnson's Conservatives poll lead jumps to 14 points - Survation

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party extended its lead over the Labour Party to 14 percentage points, up from 9 percentage points a week ago, an opinion poll by Survation for ITV’s Good Morning Britain showed on Monday.

The poll put ...

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Brexit versus public services: Rival British leaders make final campaign push

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to the heartlands of Brexit Britain in a final campaign blitz ahead of Thursday’s election, as he seeks to secure the parliamentary majority he needs to take the country out of the European Union.

“We have just three ...

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Johnson extends lead over Labour to nine points - BMG poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party’s lead over Labour has widened to nine points from six a week ago, according to a poll by BMG for the Independent newspaper published four days before Britain’s election.

The Conservatives are on 41% ...

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Britain investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - British cyber security officials are investigating whether classified UK-U.S. trade documents that were shared online ahead of Thursday’s election were acquired by hacking or were leaked, two sources told Reuters.

Beside the fears that Russia could be meddling in ...

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PM Johnson says election race not over yet

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his supporters not to be complacent before a Dec. 12 general election that he is forecast to win, saying the race was not over yet.

“We are now in the final furlong of this race and that is when of course the horses can ...

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Johnson pledges transformative Brexit as nerves are rattled by UK polls

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was nervous about his narrowing lead in opinion polls ahead of Thursday’s election but pledged to deliver a “transformative” Brexit that will allow lower immigration.

The Dec. 12 election will decide the ...

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Labour's McDonnell: I worry anti-Semitism has affected our election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition Labour Party’s John McDonnell said on Sunday he was worried that accusations of failing to tackle anti-Semitism had damaged his party’s election campaign.

“I worry that this has had its effect,” McDonnell told the BBC. ...

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UK security minister says no Russian money behind Conservative election bid

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has not funded its election campaign with Russian money, security minister Brandon Lewis told the BBC on Sunday.

Asked whether Russian money had been funding the party, Lewis said: “No, the funding ...

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