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Faced with the biggest squeeze on living standards since the 1920s and '30s, Prime minister Mr Cameron's decision to use his veto at the European Union leaders' summit three weeks ago has proved popular among the public, with the Prime Minister's personal ratings improving.
Voters now see Mr Cameron in a new light, as a man who does have convictions, and is prepared to stand up for the UK's interest........
This week the Tories took the first lead in the polls in 14 months putting the Conservatives on 39 per cent (up four points), Labour on 38 per cent (down one point) and the Liberal Democrats on 12 per cent (unchanged). The one point Tory lead compares with a seven-point Labour advantage in January.
The weakening of Labour support over the past 12 months has fuelled muttering about Mr Miliband's leadership qualities, notably claims that he is failing to win the political argument on the economy.
Tory party's backbenchers had rebelled in 31 per cent of Commons votes which shows that there's a healthy, vibrant, broad church of a party, it shows there are people within the party who have differences of opinion." said Tory chairman, Baroness Warsi, the high numbers of recently elected MPs among the rebels showed the new intake included people who brought "robustness" and "passion for politics" to Westminster. www.independent.co.uk.....
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2011 April - Prince William, eldest son of the Prince of Wales and second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton marry in a ceremony watched by millions around the world. They receive the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
2011 May - British voters in a referendum reject plans to replace the first-past-the-post electoral system for the House of Commons with the alternative vote (AV) system. The change was a key aim for the Liberal Democrats, the junior party in the governing coalition, but strongly opposed by Prime Minister Cameron.
2011 July - One of the UK's biggest-selling newspapers, the News of the World, closes following revelations that journalists at the paper had hacked the phones of hundreds of public figures and ordinary members of the public. Prime Minister Cameron's director of communications, a former editor at the weekly tabloid, resigns and is later arrested in connection with the scandal.
2011 August - The killing of a 29-year old man by police sparks widespread riots and looting in poorer areas of London, as well as in several other English cities. Insurers estimate the cost of the damage at more than £200m.
2011 November - 30th November Public sector Strike
2011 December - Prime Minister David Cameron blocks proposed changes to the EU's Lisbon Treaty aimed at addressing the crisis in the eurozone, on the grounds that the treaty changes would have exposed the City of London to excessive intervention by Europe.
The move puts the Conservatives' relationship with their coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, under severe strain. BBC.co.uk
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