UK politics

A wall in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the Scottish independence referendum campaign continues.  Picture date: Tuesday September 2, 2014.

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A wall defaced with a pro independence slogan in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the Scottish independence referendum campaign continues

Member of Parliament Carswell and Farage, leader of Britain's UKIP party, walk through the town centre at Clacton-on-Sea in south east England...Member of Parliament (MP) Douglas Carswell (R) and Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) party, laugh as they walk through the town centre of Clacton-on-Sea in south east England August 29, 2014. British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party unexpectedly resigned and defected to the anti-EU UKIP party which has no seats in the British parliament. The defection of Douglas Carswell comes eight months before a national election in which UKIP threatens Cameron's re-election chances.   REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS)

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Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party party, laugh as they walk through the town centre of Clacton-on-Sea.

Summer weather July 27th...Wind Turbines at Blyth in Northumberland at sunset last night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Wind turbines at Blyth in Northumberland, UK, at sunset on Sunday night.

David Cameron Visits The Shetland Islands...LERWICK, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23:  Prime Minister David Cameron is seen as he is taken out to sea on the fishing boat, 'Radiant Star' from Lerwick captained by Victor Laurenson (not pictured) who showed the Prime Minister how to steer the vessel on July 23, 2014 in Scalloway, Sheltand Islands. It is the first time Shetland has seen a prime minister visit in 34 years, following the visit of Margaret Thatcher in 1980. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Iages)

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Prime Minister David Cameron is the first prime minister to visit the Shetland Islands in 34 years, following the visit of Margaret Thatcher in 1980. He rode on the fishing boat ‘Radiant Star’ in the Scalloway area of the islands.

Public sector strike...Public sector workers and members of Unison gather outside the Houses of Parliament in central London as they take part in the one-day walkout as part of bitter disputes over pay, pensions, jobs and spending cuts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 10, 2014. Schools across England and Wales were facing closures and disruption today as teachers joined other public sector workers for a national strike. In total, more than a million people were taking part in the one-day walkout. The action has been hailed as the biggest strike over pay to hit the Government since it came to power in 2010. See PA story INDUSTRY Strike. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Public sector workers and members of the Unison union gather outside the Houses of Parliament in central London as they take part in the one-day walkout as part of disputes over pay, pensions, jobs and spending cuts. 

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum...LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech at the 'Policy Network Conference' held in the Science Museum on July 3, 2014 in London, England. The conference, hosted by the Policy Network think tank, is convened under the title: 'On how Britain can build a strong, sustainable and inclusive economy for the future'.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech at the ‘Policy Network Conference’ held in the Science Museum, London, England. The conference, hosted by the Policy Network think tank, is convened under the title: ‘On how Britain can build a strong, sustainable and inclusive economy for the future’ 

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London...Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London June 24, 2014. Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA)

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey court in London on Tuesday. Ms Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch‘s British newspaper arm, was acquitted of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news 

US actress and special UN envoy Angelina...US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie (L) and her husband US actor Brad Pitt pose for pictures upon arrival on the fourth day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 13, 2014.  Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched a four-day summit on ending rape in war, calling for an end to the "culture of impunity" and more prosecutions.  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURTCARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

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Angelina Jolie, the American actress and special UN envoy, and her husband actor Brad Pitt, arrive on the fourth day of the Global Summit in London to end sexual violence in conflict. Ms Jolie and William Hague, the British foreign secretary, launched the summit as they strive to end rape in war and the ‘culture of impunity’ and to call for more prosecutions 

A man stands on the deck of the brightly painted former pilot ship The Edmund Gardner at the Albert Dock in Liverpool...A man stands on the deck of the brightly painted former pilot ship The Edmund Gardner at the Albert Dock in Liverpool, northern England, June 11, 2014. The ship has been newly painted by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez using the idea of 'Dazzle' camouflage which was a system of camouflaging used by allied shipping in the First World War in an attempt to confuse german submarines and is part of the Liverpool Biennial art festival.    REUTERS/Phil Noble

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A man stands on the deck of the brightly painted former pilot ship The Edmund Gardner at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. The ship has been newly painted by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez using the idea of ‘Dazzle’ camouflage which was a system of camouflaging used by allied shipping in the First World War in an attempt to confuse German submarines and is part of the Liverpool Biennial art festival 

HRH Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the State Opening of Parliament. Queen Elizabeth II will unveil the coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords.

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Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the state opening of parliament. She will reveal the coalition government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered to members of parliament and peers in The House of Lords.

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for UKIP.

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UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip

British Prime Minister Prime Minister Da...British Prime Minister Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England on May 21, 2014, following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election which is due to be held on June 5. Voters also go to the polls in Britain Thursday May 22, 2014, for local council elections in England and Northern Ireland and also for European elections in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN ROUUSEAU/POOLSTEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

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British prime minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election which is to be held on June 5

UKIP candidate for Croydon, Winston waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end. Picture shows Mr McKenzie apparently on the phone to Mr Farage.

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Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie waits for Nigel Farage, the anti-Brussels party’s leader, in Croydon, South London. Mr Farage decided not to attend the event in the end. The party is expected to gain a landslide victory in the European elections 

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces Minimum Wage Plans

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Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks to supporters at Bloxwich Leisure Centre in Walsall, England. During his speech Mr Miliband said any future Labour government would set a statutory minimum wage target linked to average earnings

People are silhouetted as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London...People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London, May 19, 2014. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the Bank of England will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy.

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People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the BoE will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy

Chelsea Flower Show 2014 - Press Day...LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Cacti are displayed in the Great Pavilion at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 19, 2014 in London, England. The prestigious gardening show opens to the general public on May 20, 2014, and features hundreds of stands and exhibition gardens.

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Cacti on display in the Great Pavilion at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. The society gardening show opens to the public on Tuesday and features hundreds of stands and exhibition gardens 

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourab...Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen muster in the Abbey cloisters ahead of the arrival of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to attend the Order of the Bath Service at Westminster Abbey  in London on May 9, 2014. The service, held every four years, is always attended by Prince Charles but he is joined every eighth year by the Queen, who was last present in May 2006. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the military order while Charles is its Great Master. It originated in the medieval period when the honour was only conferred on a knight after he had performed a number of rituals designed to purify the inner soul - fasting, vigils and prayer, and cleansing by bathing. George I revived it in 1725 as a regular military order, to serve the purposes of the then prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, who required an additional source for political reward. The Order dates back to 1725 and uses Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey as its Chapel. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the Order of the Bath and Prince Charles is its Great Master. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS WPA POOLADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen muster in Westminster Abbey cloisters ahead of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II to attend the Order of the Bath Service. The service, held every four years, is always attended by the Prince of Wales but he is joined every eighth year by the Queen 

Nigel Farage's European Election Campaign Tour Visits Bath...BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage (R) talks to the media as he sits outside the Volunteer Rifleman's Arms pub, as he visits Bath to meet with party members, candidates and supporters on April 29, 2014 in Bath and North East Somerset, England.  Nigel Farage visited Bath as part of the UKIP tour ahead of next month's European elections.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage talks to the media as he sits outside the Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms pub, during a visit to Bath to meet party members, candidates and supporters

The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church for his funeral in London, England. Former Labour cabinet minister and opponent to the Iraq War Tony Benn, died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2014.

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The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for his funeral in London, England. Former Labour cabinet minister and opponent to the Iraq War Tony Benn, died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2014.

Well-wishers greet the horse-drawn funeral cortege of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow as it arrives at the City of London Crematorium on March 24, 2014 in London, England. Mr Crow, the outspoken leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union, died of a suspected heart attack, aged 52, on March 11, 2014.

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Well-wishers greet the horse-drawn funeral cortege of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow as it arrives at the City of London Crematorium on Monday in London, England. Mr Crow, the outspoken leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union, died of a suspected heart attack, aged 52, on March 11, 2014.