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British Conservatives will not form another coalition

British Prime Minister David Cameron does not want his party to form another coalition, preferring to rule as a minority government if he falls short of an outright election win, the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Cameron's centre-right Conservative Party is currently the senior partner in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, but will fight next May's general election on a promise not to form another coalition in the event of a hung parliament, the paper reported. It is expected that a minority government would soon collapse, triggering a second election.

Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a stab at fixing the country's broken military procurement system, opting for steady, incremental changes rather than a wholesale revolution. It's also putting a greater public emphasis on defence and arms exports with the development of a strategy "to support international sales opportunities." The plan introduced today by Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is meant to be the solution to years of botched purchase plans and the associated political embarrassment.

Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a stab at fixing the country's broken military procurement system, opting for steady, incremental changes rather than a wholesale revolution. It's also putting a greater public emphasis on defence and arms exports with the development of a strategy "to support international sales opportunities." The plan introduced today by Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is meant to be the solution to years of botched purchase plans and the associated political embarrassment.

Conservative edge in fundraising dramatically reduced as Liberals up their game

OTTAWA - Conservatives are still king of the federal fundraising hill, but Liberals are moving up fast. The parties' final financial reports for the fourth quarter of 2013 have now been posted on Elections Canada's website. Combined with the previous quarterly reports, the numbers show the gap between the Conservative and Liberal fundraising has narrowed substantially. The Tories raked in $18.2 million last year, up five per cent from the previous year. The Liberals pulled in $11.6 million, up a whopping 42 per cent.

Hollande's 'dullest hour' disappoints British press

Britain's newspapers were Wednesday left mystified by their French counterparts' reluctance to quiz President Francois Hollande over claims of an affair, concluding "they do things differently" across the Channel. Britain's rowdy media was gleefully awaiting an inquisition over his reported affair with actress Julie Gayet as he arrived to deliver a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. But they were left disappointed when "deferent" journalists largely left Hollande free to explain a series of economic reforms.

Hollande's 'dullest hour' disappoints British press

Britain's newspapers were Wednesday left mystified by their French counterparts' reluctance to quiz President Francois Hollande over claims of an affair, concluding "they do things differently" across the Channel. Britain's rowdy media was gleefully awaiting an inquisition over his reported affair with actress Julie Gayet as he arrived to deliver a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. But they were left disappointed when "deferent" journalists largely left Hollande free to explain a series of economic reforms.

Sex, spies and songs: Lloyd Webber musical tackles Profumo affair

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Stephen Ward" is a musical with a mission: to clear the name of the eponymous high-society osteopath at the center of the 1963 Profumo sex and spies scandal that fatally rocked Britain's government.

Britain rushes through EU benefits changes

Britain said Wednesday it would rush through legislation banning EU migrants from claiming unemployment handouts from the moment they arrive, ahead of the January 1 lifting of restrictions on the entry of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals. Migrants from all European Union states will have to wait three months before applying for out-of-work handouts and other benefits.

Britain's Cameron narrows Labour lead, ahead on economy

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have halved the opposition Labour Party's lead to 4 points and are more trusted by voters to handle the economy, a poll showed on Friday. With an election 17 months away, the survey suggested that a majority of voters thought they would be worse off or no richer if Labour had held on to power in 2010.

Bid to clear name of man at heart of Profumo affair

Campaigners launched a bid on Monday to clear the name of Stephen Ward, a leading player in Britain's Profumo affair who killed himself after what supporters say was an establishment witch-hunt. Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Christine Keeler to then war minister John Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair which rocked Cold War Britain. Keeler, a beautiful brunette, was rumoured to be having an affair with a Soviet diplomat at the same time, raising fears of an intelligence leak.
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