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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...

2005-11-09 06:36:42

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair dramatically recalled his two top ministers from abroad on Wednesday in a bid to avoid the first major parliamentary defeat of his premiership when lawmakers vote on anti-terrorism measures. Powerful finance minister Gordon Brown flew home just a couple of hours after arriving in Israel for high-profile Middle East trip so he could vote for the proposals and lobby wavering members of the ruling Labour party to back the...

2005-11-05 11:08:34

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - The former British ambassador to the United States, delivering yet another political blow to British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the end of a turbulent week, said the war in Iraq had fueled home-grown terrorism in Britain. Christopher Meyer, who was heavily involved in the planning that led up to the war, said he disagreed with Blair's view that joining the United States in the 2003 invasion of Iraq had not exposed Britain to terrorist attacks....

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 14:52:05

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - The British government backed down on a key counter-terrorist proposal on Wednesday rather than risk its first major defeat in parliament since 1997, hours after one of Tony Blair's closest allies quit. Parliamentarians including members of Prime Minister Blair's Labour party had been poised to vote down a government plan to let police hold suspects for up to 90 days without charge. But late in the debate Home Secretary Charles Clarke averted...

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...

2005-09-25 11:32:00

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will seek to entrench his legacy at this week's Labour Party conference, bolstered by a pledge from his likely successor, Gordon Brown, to press ahead with his reforms. But those who hoped for a euphoric atmosphere at this week's conference after a historic third election victory in May will be disappointed. Two main questions are weighing on delegates' minds -- when will Blair step down as leader of the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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