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2006-03-20 06:17:46

By David Clarke LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure on Monday to step down over a sleaze row which has tarnished his reputation and boosted calls for finance minister Gordon Brown to take the reins. Right-leaning newspapers have been clamoring for Blair to go for days, but on Monday the Guardian, long seen as the institutional voice of the center-left, joined the chorus. "Nine years is long enough," it said in an editorial. "There is no excuse...

2006-02-15 12:49:01

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair won a key vote on Wednesday over plans to toughen anti-terrorism laws, a second parliamentary victory in a week that political analysts say will help reassert his authority. Blair has lost three votes since last November, partly because of revolts within his own Labor party, and a further setback could have hastened calls for him to give way to his likely successor Finance Minister Gordon Brown. However despite...

2006-02-15 10:46:27

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair won a key vote on Wednesday over plans to toughen anti-terrorism laws, handing him a second victory in parliament this week and going some way to reasserting his authority. Blair has lost three votes since last November, partly because of revolts within his Labor party, and analysts had said further setbacks could hasten calls for him to give way to his would-be successor Finance Minister Gordon Brown. The government won a vote by...

2006-02-10 13:39:25

By David Clarke BLACKPOOL (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged dissenters in his Labor party on Friday to back him on two key votes in parliament next week and vowed to press ahead with his reform agenda. Blair is going through a difficult time. His Labor party got a shock drubbing in a Scottish vote on Thursday and he is battling a rebellion from party members opposed to his public service reforms, especially for schools. While analysts say the votes next week are...

2006-02-10 09:34:34

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - A shock defeat for Tony Blair's Labor Party in a Scottish vote threatens to overshadow a party conference and hit morale before May's local elections, where a poor showing could hasten the prime minister's departure. In a huge 16 percent swing, voters ousted Labor from the east Scottish constituency of Dunfermline and West Fife and handed the parliamentary seat to the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third biggest party. The drubbing comes at a...

2006-01-05 23:31:13

LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair backed his finance minister Gordon Brown to succeed him as prime minister for the first time on Friday, but insisted he will only step down once he completes his radical reform plans. Blair, who won't seek a fourth term in office after a third straight election win in May, gave Brown his strongest and most public backing yet in a newspaper interview. "I am absolutely happy that Gordon will be my successor," Blair said in an interview with the tabloid...

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,...

2005-11-29 06:21:44

By Mike Peacock and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-nuclear protesters staged a rooftop demonstration on Tuesday in a hall where British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to launch a major review of Britain's future energy needs, forcing him to deliver his speech elsewhere. Speculation is rife that Blair favors a new generation of nuclear power stations to help fill a looming energy gap. The Greenpeace protesters, dressed in suits to mix in with the business audience,...

2005-11-29 05:52:37

By Mike Peacock and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-nuclear protesters staged a rooftop demonstration on Tuesday in a hall where British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to launch a major review of Britain's future energy needs, forcing him to deliver his speech elsewhere. Speculation is rife that Blair favors a new generation of nuclear power stations to help fill a looming energy gap. The Greenpeace protesters, dressed in suits to mix in with the business audience,...

2005-11-29 04:08:33

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will launch a review on Tuesday of Britain's energy needs and stoke speculation that he favours nuclear power by warning that renewable sources cannot fully meet the country's needs. Any move to build new nuclear power stations will run into fierce opposition both from environmental campaigners and dozens of lawmakers in his own Labour party. Officials said Blair will tell the Confederation of British Industry...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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