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British culture minister quits over expenses claims

Maria Miller, the minister who oversaw future regulation of Britain's newspapers, quit her cabinet post on Wednesday following a row over expenses linked to a mortgage. Miller said she took "full responsibility" for her decision to stand down as culture secretary, saying she feared she had become a "distraction" for voters who are set to go to the polls in European elections next month.

Independent Scotland will face dearer energy: UK govt

Scotland's households and businesses would face higher energy bills if Scots vote in favour of independence from the rest of Britain, the British government warned Wednesday. With six months to go until the landmark vote on September 18 that could force an end to Scotland's 300-year union with England, the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron published a paper warning of a hike in energy charges.

UK's Cameron promotes Javid to cabinet, names Morgan to Treasury job

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed former banker Sajid Javid as the country's new culture minister, replacing Maria Miller who resigned earlier on Wednesday over an expenses scandal. Javid, considered a rising star in the Conservative Party, has served since last year as financial secretary to the Treasury.

British culture minister resigns over expenses scandal

The British minister overseeing future regulation of the press, Maria Miller, has quit her cabinet post following a row over expenses, Downing Street announced on Wednesday. "Maria Miller has resigned as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport," said a statement from Prime Minister David Cameron's office. Miller had faced a week of pressure from her own Conservative party and the opposition over payments she had claimed linked to a mortgage.

British culture minister quits over expenses spat

Maria Miller, the minister overseeing future regulation of Britain's press, has quit her cabinet post following a row over expenses, Downing Street announced on Wednesday. "Maria Miller has resigned as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport," said a statement from Prime Minister David Cameron's office. Miller had faced a week of pressure from the main opposition Labour Party, and from her Conservative colleagues, over payments she had claimed linked to a mortgage.

British PM under pressure over expenses minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron came under increasing pressure from his own party on Tuesday over his support for beleaguered Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who faces calls to resign over her parliamentary expenses. A fellow Conservative minister appeared to criticise Miller publicly, and a prominent Tory backbencher said he was "surprised" she was still in her job, which includes overseeing a new system of press regulation.

Calls mount for British MP's head over expenses scandal

Pressure mounted on the British minister in charge of a new press regulation system on Sunday after a Conservative Party grandee called for her resignation over parliament's latest expenses scandal. Norman Tebbit, a member of the upper House of Lords and the party's chairman during the days of Margaret Thatcher, slammed Culture Secretary Maria Miller as "arrogant" for the way she responded to parliament's censure after she was found to have overclaimed on her mortgage.

U.S. will not stand in way of Scottish independence: Salmond

By Alistair Bell NEW YORK (Reuters) - The leader of Scotland's separatist movement predicted on Friday that the United States would not try to stand in the way of the breakup of Britain, Washington's staunchest ally for decades, if Scots vote for independence at a referendum this year.

TV debates boost British eurosceptic leader

British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage has bolstered his credentials as a credible political figure after two televised debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, commentators said on Thursday. Farage's UK Independence Party (UKIP) was once described by Prime Minister David Cameron as a "bunch of fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", but the debates showed that no party can dismiss their challenge now, political observers said.

British PM Cameron comes under pressure over Royal Mail sell-off

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure in parliament on Wednesday over his government's sale of Royal Mail with the opposition Labour party accusing him of selling the firm off too cheaply to a handful of rich London investors. The government's handling of the sale of a 60 percent stake in the 500-year-old state postal operator last October at 330 pence a share has come under renewed scrutiny after the country's spending watchdog concluded the government had set the price too low.
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