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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...

2005-12-05 07:36:59

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will hold a string of bilateral meetings with European Union leaders this week in a race to agree a budget deal before his presidency of the bloc ends. Britain will publish its proposals to break the deadlock over the 2007-2013 budget later on Monday. Blair must then convince EU leaders to support his compromise, paving the way for a deal at a Dec 15-16 Brussels summit. Blair will meet the prime ministers of Portugal, Finland,...

2005-11-20 05:59:16

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will vent mounting anger on Monday at the British EU presidency's go-slow tactics on the bloc's long-term budget, three weeks before a crucial summit on future financing. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has promised comprehensive proposals on the multibillion-dollar 2007-2013 budget just before a special ministerial meeting on December 7, but Britain's 24 partners are frustrated at being kept waiting. "We are wasting...

2005-11-11 06:10:23

LONDON (Reuters) - A British couple were home in Dubai on Friday after spending 13 days in an Iranian jail for sailing their yacht near a disputed island in the Gulf. Their detention came as relations between London and Tehran have been cooling over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Iraq and other issues. But Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Britain was not drawing wider conclusions about the incident. Stuart Wise said he and his wife Linda had planned to anchor near the island of Abu Musa,...

2005-11-10 09:35:03

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair set himself up on Thursday for high-risk clashes with his party, refusing to compromise on future reforms despite a first parliamentary defeat that raised doubts about his ability to govern. Forty-nine lawmakers in Blair's Labour Party rebelled on Wednesday against government plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge. Commentators said the shock vote marked a turning point for a...

2005-11-10 07:46:08

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair set himself up on Thursday for high-risk clashes with his party, refusing to compromise on future reforms despite a first parliamentary defeat that raised doubts about his ability to govern. Forty-nine lawmakers in Blair's Labour Party rebelled on Wednesday against government plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge. Commentators said the shock vote marked a turning point for a...

2005-11-10 06:16:18

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair began the fight back on Thursday after his first parliamentary defeat over anti-terrorism powers raised doubts about his political future. Ministers said Wednesday's shock vote was a one-off that would not impact the prime minister's wider reform program. But commentators said the defeat marked a turning point for a once invincible leader who has seen his authority wane since the 2003 Iraq war, despite winning a third term...

2005-11-09 13:48:07

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair insisted on Wednesday his authority was not damaged after suffering a first major parliamentary defeat as prime minister and said he would not quit. Asked on Sky Television if he would consider resigning, Blair simply said: "No." He said his determination to serve a full third term in power had not changed. The elected House of Commons voted by 322 to 291 against plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge, as...

2005-11-09 12:45:42

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair suffered his first major parliamentary defeat as prime minister on Wednesday over new counter-terrorist powers, raising fresh questions about his authority. The elected House of Commons voted by 322 to 291 against plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge, as about 40 members of Blair's Labour party refused to support him. Blair had dramatically recalled his two top ministers -- finance...

2005-11-09 12:16:03

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair suffered his first major parliamentary defeat as prime minister on Wednesday, over plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge. The elected House of Commons voted by 322 to 291 against the proposal as about 40 members of Blair's Labour party refused to support him, raising new questions about his authority. Financial markets reacted swiftly, the pound dropping a 1/4 cent against the dollar straight after the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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