December 6, 2005

UK Conservatives pick Cameron to take on Blair

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives chose
David Cameron as their new leader on Tuesday, opting for youth
to revive the party's fortunes and challenge British Prime
Minister Tony Blair.

Cameron, 39, defeated David Davis, 56, the experienced
opposition home affairs spokesman in a ballot of the party's
roughly 260,000 members, officials announced.

Cameron is the fifth Conservative leader in eight years and
takes over after three straight election losses.

But Conservatives are hoping for a change in fortunes as
the ruling Labor party's popularity is waning and Blair has
said he will not fight a fourth election.

A self-styled modernizer who says the party must adopt a
more caring approach, Cameron could have more than four years
before the next election to make inroads into Labor's lead.

Supporters believe Cameron can widen the party's appeal to
voters in the center ground. Critics say he is strong on
rhetoric but weak on policy plans.

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