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British government defends security services after soldier's death

LONDON, May 24 (UPI) -- Questions were being raised about Britain's handling of intelligence information related to two men accused in the brutal hacking death of a soldier in London.

Antarctic tract named for Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II received two Jubilee gifts Tuesday, 60 lacquered place mats from Britain's Cabinet and a large swath of Antarctica from the Foreign Office.

British 'curry college' to train chefs

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A school to train British workers in Indian cooking has been proposed as part of the government's new immigration strategy, officials say.

Official: End tax breaks for Scientology

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The government should stop giving tax breaks to the Church of Scientology, which is not classified as a religion in England, an official said.

British paying heavily for polls

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- British taxpayers are shelling out more than 1 million pounds a week, nearly $2 million, to determine what they think.

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Trash violators may face serious fines

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- British homeowners who overfill garbage cans could be punished more severely than shoplifters under proposed new standards, a member of Parliament said.

British trash-fee hike to help recycling

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Downing Street is recommending that British families be charged an additional 120 pounds ($234) annually for household trash pickup.

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Church decides kids and candles don't mix

CHELMSFORD, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A 259-year-old Christmas tradition involving children carrying candles in a Chelmsford, England, cathedral has been changed so no one's hair catches fire.
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Eric Jack Pickles (born 20 April 1952) is a British Conservative Party politician. Pickles was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of the coalition government headed by Prime Minister David Cameron on 12 May 2010.

He was the Chairman of the Conservative Party until being replaced by The Baroness Warsi in May 2010 and has been Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar in Essex since 1992. He was Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee Against Racism between 1982 and 1987.

Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, he went to Greenhead Grammar School (now Greenhead High School) on Greenhead Road in Utley, north Keighley, then Leeds Polytechnic. He was born into a Labour supporting family – his great grandfather was one of the founders of the Independent Labour Party, and described himself as 'massively inclined' towards communism as a boy – but he joined the Conservative Party in 1968 after the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia.

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