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2005-11-17 10:00:07

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair, who suffered his first-ever parliamentary defeat this month when rebels in his own party voted against him, is facing another possible revolt -- this time over education reform. He suffered a humiliating setback over his anti-terrorism plans, prompting many analysts to suggest he was losing his vice-like grip over the ruling Labor party. Now, 27 Labor lawmakers have signed a motion opposing plans to free schools from...

2005-11-13 19:11:55

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will urge world leaders on Monday to step up their efforts to secure a deal at next month's trade talks and warn that the global economy will suffer if no agreement is reached. With about a month to go before an expected showdown between global trading powers in Hong Kong, Blair will set out the steps he thinks need to be taken to get an accord to cut farm subsidies and lower tariffs around the world. "In a modern world there is no...

2005-11-13 11:40:59

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday he was determined to push through health and education reforms as he fights to maintain his authority after his first ever parliamentary defeat last week. Blair, prime minister since his center-left Labour Party won a landslide victory in 1997, was weakened by the 2003 Iraq war. Critics say he has been a lame duck since last year, when he vowed to stand down before the next election due in 2009....

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...

2005-11-09 21:01:19

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair faces a fight to shore up his ailing political authority on Thursday after his first parliamentary defeat over new anti-terrorism powers raised doubts about his political future. Six months after he overcame opposition to his support for the Iraq war to win a third term in office, a slew of front page newspaper headlines asked: "Is this the beginning of the end?." Dozens of members of Blair's ruling Labor party rebelled in...

2005-11-09 14:16:33

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair suffered his first major parliamentary defeat in more than eight years in power on Wednesday over new anti-terrorism powers, raising fresh questions about his future. 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 nearly 50 members of Blair's Labour Party refused to support him. Police called for the new powers after Islamist...

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
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.