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2005-12-23 09:57:45

By Terry Friel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's parliament on Friday sacked 11 members caught on film taking cash for asking questions in the latest of a series of graft scandals that have angered, but not surprised, the country. It is the biggest single expulsion since independence in 1947, but analysts say it will have no political impact and do nothing to fight corruption because this is too entrenched The upper house expelled one member and the lower house 10 after parliamentary...

2005-12-06 12:12:35

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives chose David Cameron as their new leader on Tuesday, opting for youth to revive their fortunes and challenge British Prime Minister Tony Blair after three successive election defeats. The centre-right party, which dominated 20th century British politics under leaders such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, has struggled to drag itself out of the wilderness and Cameron, 39, is the fifth Conservative...

2005-12-06 10:14:38

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...

2005-12-06 05:36:25

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives are expected to choose David Cameron, the party's youthful education spokesman, as their new leader on Tuesday to try to revive their fortunes and challenge British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The center-right party, which dominated 20th century British politics under leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill, is struggling to drag itself out of the wilderness after losing three successive...

2005-10-24 09:45:27

By Pawel Sobczak and Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's conservatives, buoyed by the presidential victory of their leader Lech Kaczynski, offered to embrace market reforms on Monday to try to coax their Civic Platform allies into a government. Kaczynski, who combines traditional, Catholic values with skepticism about free-market economics, won the Sunday run-off against pro-business moderate Donald Tusk on a promise to root out corruption and protect the welfare state. The...

2005-10-20 13:21:20

By Mike Peacock and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives on Thursday overwhelmingly backed inexperienced David Cameron to lead their party, making him hot favorite to become the next man to challenge Tony Blair's government. Cameron, 39 and with only four years of frontline political experience, was supported by 90 of the party's 198 members of parliament. He will now face right-winger David Davis, who secured 57 votes, in a poll of the wider party...

2005-10-20 12:45:48

By Mike Peacock and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Young pretender David Cameron overwhelmingly won a poll of party colleagues to lead Britain's opposition Conservatives on Thursday and is now hot favorite to become the next man to tackle Tony Blair's government. Cameron, 39 and with only four years of frontline political experience, was supported by 90 of the party's 198 members of parliament, officials said. He will now face right-winger David Davis, who secured 57 votes, in...

2005-10-19 10:38:13

By Pawel Sobczak and Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new parliament failed to choose its speaker on Wednesday, exposing a rise in tensions between would-be center-right government partners ahead of Sunday's presidential election. Meeting for the first time since the center right won parliamentary polls last month, the lower house adjourned its vote on choosing the speaker until next week, at the urging of the biggest party, the conservative Law and Justice. Their would be...

2005-10-06 06:32:12

BLACKPOOL (Reuters) - Outgoing Conservative leader Michael Howard called on the party to unite behind his successor and earn public respect in his farewell speech to Tory members as he closed their annual conference on Thursday. Howard, portrayed as Dracula in the tabloid press, announced in May he would resign after losing the election to Tony Blair's Labour party and he is set to officially step down soon after the conference. During the week, Tories have heard pitches from the...

2005-10-02 13:25:13

By Lars Rischke DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives looked set to extend their lead over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats after a delayed election in Dresden on Sunday, strengthening their hand in power-sharing talks. ZDF television said the conservatives appeared on course to win 226 seats in the Bundestag lower house and the SPD 222 seats, based on the first results from voting in central Dresden, the last area to vote in Germany....