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2008-06-21 00:00:20

LABOUR's deputy, Schools Minister Jim Knight has challenged the Conservative Party to "come clean" on grammar schools. Mr Knight said he had written to Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove to press him on the issue, claiming the Tories were "divided" on academic selection. He spoke out as Mr Gove was visiting schools in the Altrincham and Sale West constituency of fellow Tory MP Graham Brady,who resigned as a shadow minister last year in protest at his Party's policy on grammar schools....

2006-06-30 08:13:03

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's political woes mounted on Friday when a poll showed he is now less popular than his main rival and his Labour Party suffered a humiliating election setback. The reverses are likely to fuel discontent among Labour legislators, many of whom want Blair -- in power for nine years -- to set a date for handing over to his likely successor, finance minister Gordon Brown. Labour failed to regain a Welsh parliamentary...

2006-06-30 01:37:27

LONDON (Reuters) - A poll in Britain revealed on Friday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is less popular than his main rival for the first time in 12 years. Blair also suffered more bad news on the electoral front, with results from by-elections for two vacant parliamentary seats yielding a poor showing for his Labour Party. Pollsters YouGov, in a survey commissioned by the Daily Telegraph newspaper, found 30 percent of Britons thought new Conservative Party leader David...

2006-06-26 22:36:26

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a new challenge to his authority on Tuesday when a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his "sense of purpose and direction." The extraordinary outburst by Charles Clarke, a former Blair ally, heightened a sense of division and infighting within the Labour Party after nine years in power which has sent its popularity plunging. Blair, who led the Labour Party to an unprecedented third...

2006-05-05 11:22:05

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling right secured a majority on Friday after seven months of weak minority rule, bringing into government fringe groups which had vehemently opposed the country's pro-Western course. Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz pledged no changes in economic or foreign policy but financial markets, Poland's EU partners and most Poles are wary that joint rule with fringe groups will drive the country away from the European mainstream. The...

2006-05-05 09:49:25

By Katherine Baldwin and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a major cabinet shakeup on Friday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997. The overhaul comes after accusations of government sleaze and incompetence over the past few weeks as well as the poor local election results, which put huge pressure on Blair to give his government new impetus or step...

2006-05-05 08:41:42

By Katherine Baldwin and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a major cabinet shakeup on Friday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997. The overhaul comes after accusations of government sleaze and incompetence over the past few weeks as well as the poor local election results, which put huge pressure on Blair to give his government new impetus or step...

2006-05-05 04:31:16

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling right is set to clinch a majority after seven months of weak minority rule, bringing into government people who had vehemently opposed the ex-communist country's pro-Western course. A senior government source said the Law and Justice conservatives had reached a last-minute deal to bring fringe nationalist League of Polish Families into the government. The League's leader Roman Giertych, a controversial figure due to his...

2006-04-30 07:45:29

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair, struggling to overcome a spate of ministerial scandals, is braced for a drubbing in Thursday's local elections, widely seen as a test of how long the prime minister can hold on to power. Blair has staggered from one bad headline to another in the last two months and a Sunday poll showed most people think his government is "sleazy and incompetent" and indicated a slide in his personal ratings to a historic low. Last week...

2006-04-30 05:46:49

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, struggling to overcome two major ministerial scandals, suffered a fresh blow on Sunday when a poll showed most people think Labour is "sleazy and incompetent." The poll for the Sunday Times, which also shows a slide in his personal ratings to a historic low, comes just five days before local elections that are seen as a test of how long Blair can cling on to power. Blair has said he will not stand for a...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.