Monica Valdez

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Labour leadership hopefuls clash but no clear winner in first televised debate

Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham face off over issues including immigration – but leave their audience short on specifics<p>The four Labour leadership candidates clashed in the first televised hustings over the budget deficit, immigration, welfare and political strategy as …

David Cameron: Tories will create 2 million new jobs

The Prime Minister says he will create more than 1,000 jobs a day during the next Parliament as he launches a series of personal attacks on Ed Miliband.<p>A Conservative government will create 2 million new jobs in the next five years, David Cameron has said, as he warned that Britain will go back to …

Coalition Britain: how has David Cameron affected the UK's reputation?

At the end of January 2013, David Cameron paid a surprise visit to Tripoli and was greeted as a liberating hero. British warplanes had been instrumental in bringing down Muammar Gaddafi, and the streets resounded to the startling mix of bagpipes and the chant “Allahu Akbar” – “God is greatest”.<p>It …

Russia could pose greatest British security threat - Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia could one day pose as great a threat to Britain’s security as it did during the Cold War, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned on Tuesday, and London had stepped up gathering intelligence on Moscow in response.<p>Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during news …

Politicians must be bold on UK federalism

In your editorial of 4 February you once again edge gingerly towards advocacy of a federal UK. Next day David Davis (Letters, 5 February) equally cautiously tiptoes towards the same solution. The Liberal Democrats favour federation but seem too timid to spell out its advantages or to answer …

SNP set to double its vote in general election, poll finds

The Scottish National party is on course to double its vote in May’s general election despite its lead over Scottish Labour narrowing, the latest poll on Westminster voting intentions shows.<p>The TNS poll gives the SNP a 10-point lead over Scottish Labour among those certain to vote, at 41% against …

Labour's war on business: the policies the City is terrified by

As Ed Balls and Chuka Umunna prepare to address the British Chambers of Commerce, how Ed Miliband's party is scaring off business backers<p>Labour’s top economic team is preparing to address the British Chambers of Commerce at a time when the party’s relationship with the business community is at a …

Labour anxious about possible SNP coalition, says Democratic Unionist leader

Labour backbenchers would prefer the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) to prop up an Ed Miliband-led government rather than rely on the Scottish nationalists, according to the Northern Irish politician who could be a kingmaker after the general election.<p>Nigel Dodds said that he believed some Labour …

Tories use Treasury to attack Labour as election battle begins

The gloves will come off on the first day of the general election fight as Ed Miliband’s campaign launch clashes with an aggressive Conservative attempt to undermine Labour’s spending plans.<p>Addressing a rally in Manchester, the Labour leader will say his party offers “hope, not falsehood”, while …

Vote LibDem for another Coalition, Nick Clegg says

The Liberal Democrat leader will make the argument that the Coalition has been good for the UK and that voters should back the LibDems if they want another one.<p>Britons should vote Liberal Democrat in May’s general election if they want another Coalition, Nick Clegg will say today.<p>The Deputy Prime …

UK Ebola nurse in 48-hour fight for survival

Royal Free Hospital says Pauline Cafferkey's condition has deteriorated<p>The condition of British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is being treated for …

Nigel Farage: doctors and nurses who don’t speak good English should be fired

Ukip leader calls for mass sackings and denounces ‘scandalous’ shortage of British-trained NHS workers<p>Nigel Farage has called for the mass sacking from the National Health Service of doctors and nurses who do not have a good command of the English language.<p>The Ukip leader suggested it was …

Ukip, the SNP and Greens will squeeze Labour and Conservatives hard at the 2015 election

This is the year that will probably see Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Scottish National party hero Alex Salmond stride grinning into the heart of the very Westminster establishment they profess to despise.<p>Taking up his seat on the green benches of opposition, Ukip’s newest honourable member might …

Parties target older voters at expense of young, says Labor's Sadiq Khan

Political parties are going after the “silver vote” and ignoring young people, a Labour frontbencher has said.<p>Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, told the Independent older voters were being targeted by the major political parties because they were more likely to vote than 18 to …

Queen Elizabeth urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen used her annual Christmas Day broadcast on Thursday to advocate reconciliation, especially in Scotland where an unsuccessful independence referendum earlier this year polarised public opinion.<p>Channelling the spirit of a brief World War One Christmas truce between …

Alex Salmond to stand for Westminster seat at 2015 General Election

Former Scottish first minister will contest the Gordon constituency in Aberdeenshire for the SNP, according to reports<p>Alex Salmond has decided to stand for a Westminster seat at next year's General Election, according to reports.<p>The former SNP leader, who stood down as Scotland's first minister …

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Nigel Farage blames immigration after missing Ukip reception

Ukip leader says he was two hours late for a conference meeting because immigration caused traffic jams on M4 motorway<p>Nigel Farage has blamed high levels of immigration for missing a meeting with Ukip supporters.<p>Mr Farage said he was detained in a traffic jam on the M4 which meant he was unable to …

Boris Johnson: Nigel Farage's decision to blame M4 traffic on immigration is like 'effluent' and 'sewage'

London Mayor says Ukip leader's suggestion he was late for event because of Britain's 'open-door immigration' is 'one of the poorest' excuses he has ever heard<p>Boris Johnson has likened <b>Nigel Farage</b>'s decision to <b>blame high levels of M4 traffic on immigration</b> to "effluent" and "sewage".<p>The London …

Alex Salmond Accuses Coalition Of Leading Country To Disaster

Alex Salmond has accused the coalition of leading the UK to disaster in a scathing attack after declaring his intentions to run for Westminster<p>The …

Ukip star woman candidate quits over sex harassment claims

Natasha Bolter, a headline speaker at Ukip's party conference, has claimed general secretary Roger Bird tried to seduce her over dinner<p>One of Ukip’s star female candidates has left the party after alleging she was sexually harassed by its general secretary.<p>Natasha Bolter was widely expected to be …

Ukip will hurt Conservatives more than Labour in 2015, new research finds

Working class voters had already abandoned New Labour for Ukip, according to British Election Study<p>The Conservatives could lose nearly two million voters to the UK Independence Party at the general election, an academic study has found.<p>The analysis, based on a survey of 30,000 voters, found that as …

Ukip suspends general secretary after sexual harassment allegations

The UK Independence party has suspended its general secretary in relation to alleged “impropriety”, after a female candidate accused him of sexually harassing her.<p>Roger Bird, who has been a senior Ukip official since July, told the Guardian there were no criminal allegations involved.<p>The claims …

Food banks: Duncan Smith promises positive response after critical report

Iain Duncan Smith has promised to respond positively to a Church of England-backed report on the spread of food banks in the UK, saying he was looking at how sanctioned claimants that lose jobseeker’s allowance need not lose housing benefit as well.<p>The work and pensions secretary told MPs: “We want …

Andy Burnham commits Labour government to £330m cancer therapy fund

A Labour government would create a £330m Cancer Treatments Fund in a bid to improve access to the latest drugs, forms of radiotherapy and surgery to …

David Cameron: I still want Turkey to join EU, despite migrant fears

The Prime Minister says a European Union without Turkey is 'not stronger but weaker'<p>David Cameron has said that he still “very much supports” Turkey joining the European Union, despite his Government's inability to control numbers of EU migrants coming to the UK.<p>The Prime Minister was quizzed about …

Former Ukip candidate Natasha Bolter denies having sexual relationship with Roger Bird

In a Newsnight interview, Natasha Bolter accused Roger Bird, Ukip's general secretary of "lying" about the nature of their relationship.<p>Roger Bird, …

Britain and Turkey vow closer cooperation on foreign fighters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Britain and Turkey will share more information on foreign fighters among the ranks of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq to try to prevent them posing a threat when they return home, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron shakes …