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2005-11-03 15:28:41

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair admitted on Thursday he was going through a tough period as his supporters urged him to reassert his control of government. Blair suffered the resignation of close government ally David Blunkett on Wednesday and was then forced to shelve counter-terrorism plans to avoid losing his first major vote in parliament. The prime minister told a cabinet meeting that "times are tough, but they are tough because we are trying to do tough...

2005-11-02 21:08:56

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was under pressure to reassert his authority on Thursday after he suffered one of the worst days in his eight years in office. Nearly six months after comfortably winning a third successive election, Blair faced a barrage of front pages saying his authority had slumped during his "day from hell." In a double blow on Wednesday, Blair endured a revolt in parliament over his proposed anti-terrorism plans and saw his...

2005-11-02 08:16:10

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair suffered a heavy blow on Wednesday when a scandal-tainted ally quit his government, compounding the reverses the prime minister has faced since starting his last term in power this year. Cabinet minister David Blunkett resigned for the second time in less than a year just months after Blair had brought his close colleague back into government, prompting a blistering opposition attack in parliament over his judgment. Problems...

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...

2005-10-15 14:09:48

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in the United States for a three-day, stage-managed tour with political overtones. Rice announced next week's trip as she flew into London on Saturday for heavyweight talks with Straw on bolstering international support for their hard line against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Jim Wilkinson, her image guru, outlined a program of U.S. events, including the two taking center-stage...

2005-09-28 09:36:07

By Katherine Baldwin BRIGHTON (Reuters) - Tony Blair's silence over when he will quit as British prime minister leaves questions lingering over how long he can maintain his authority and push through promised reforms. But the uncertainty is unlikely to end soon and his departure may be determined more by events than any plan drawn up by him or the heir apparent, finance minister Gordon Brown. Some party members say Blair must name a departure date soon or succession fever will dog...

2005-08-23 19:21:09

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will on Wednesday unveil measures to rid the country of radical clerics who could inspire bombers like those who attacked London last month as part of a broad crackdown on Islamist preachers. Home Secretary Charles Clarke will publish a list of "unacceptable behaviors" which would prompt immediate action -- either deportation or a ban on entry. A Home Office spokeswoman said the announcement followed a period of consultation which...

2005-07-28 06:19:26

By Jodie Ginsberg DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish politicians hurried back to Dublin on Thursday in anticipation the IRA will pledge to lay down its arms and cut criminal ties in a crucial move to revive talks on a lasting political settlement in Northern Ireland. The Irish Republican Army statement would "challenge" all parties to the Northern Ireland conflict, said Gerry Adams, president of the IRA's political ally Sinn Fein. He gave no further details on what the guerrillas would say. But the...

2005-07-26 10:40:14

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Despite putting him back in the dock over the Iraq war, the London bombings have bolstered British Prime Minister Tony Blair's political standing. But the boost to his image may yet prove short-lived. An opinion poll on Tuesday showed Blair's rating as leader had soared to its second-highest level -- even as most voters think his decision to back the U.S.-led invasion has made Britain more of a target for terrorists. Blair, who won a third term in...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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