U.K. House of Commons OKs gay marriage

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Britain's House of Commons Tuesday resoundingly approved the legalization of same-sex marriage on a 400-175 vote.

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Britain seeks to get tough on banks

BOURNEMOUTH, England, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said a new law would allow finance regulators to force banks to divide retail and investment banking.

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Britain's GDP down in fourth quarter

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Britain's Office of National Statistics said the country's economy shrank by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third.

Britain to fund graphene research efforts

LONDON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Britain's government says it will invest $35 million in research into graphene, considered a miracle material for its strength and electronic properties.

Britain aims to encourage shale boom

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The British government said it wants to set up the right tax regime to support an emerging shale natural gas industry in the country.

Britain gives green light to fracking

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The British government announced Thursday it was imposing new risk controls that means hydraulic fracturing of shale gas can get under way in the country.

Osborne announces extension of austerity

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a combination of tax cuts and cuts in spending on welfare Wednesday in his autumn statement.

Britain denies report of big shale plans

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- British officials have denied a report indicating energy ministers are preparing to open 60 percent of the countryside to a shale gas exploration boom.

Britain picks Canadian for BOE post

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced Monday the next Bank of England governor would be Mark Carney, head of the Bank of Canada.

Areva commits to Scotland turbine plant

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A French wind turbine manufacturer that had earlier criticized Britain's wavering energy policies this week announced a major new facility in Scotland.

Britain to increase space technology funds

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Britain's government says it will increase its spending on space technology by $95 million in each of the next two years.

U.K. defense chiefs talk early Afghan exit

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- British defense officials are discussing plans to pull troops out of Afghanistan sooner than the current 2014 deadline.

Lib Dems, Labor call for decarbonization

BRIGHTON, England, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Political opponents this week turned up the pressure on Britain's Conservative-led government to commit to a decarbonization of the energy sector by 2030.

London offers tax relief in North Sea

LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a tax measure to entice operators to invest more in oil and natural gas fields in the North Sea.

Cameron begins Cabinet shakeup

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron began a long-anticipated shakeup of his Cabinet Monday, political observers said.

Clegg: Gov't 'committed' to renewables

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says renewable energy will remain a key part of the country's energy policy despite reports of government infighting.

Cameron: Osborne 'is not going anywhere'

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will remain in his post until the next general election, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday.
Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

LONDON, July 26 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney came in for stern criticism for suggesting Thursday London is not ready for the Olympics but said the day "has been marvelous for us."

Candidate Romney heading overseas

BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to England this week before heading to Israel and Poland, his campaign staff said Sunday.
A spectacular miss

A spectacular miss

Regulators in Britain are now coming under fire for a failure to act early in the Libor manipulation scandal that already cost a few bankers their jobs.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Barclays CEO steps down

Barclays CEO steps down

LONDON, July 3 (UPI) -- Barclays Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond resigned Tuesday, as did the British bank's chief operating officer, in the wake of the Libor scandal.

Britain reacts harshly to Libor scandal

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and the head of the treasury, George Osborne, took verbal pot shots at Barclays bank Thursday.
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