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Published: 12/12/10

Britain's Ex-PM Gordon Brown Urges Economic 'American Marshall Plan'

By  Annie Groer - Politics Daily
Britain's Ex-PM Gordon Brown Urges Economic 'American Marshall Plan'

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown launched his book tour here for "Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization," with two grateful observations about Washington: "It's not snowing" and "there are no students rioting." The recent protests -- including an attack on the royal Rolls Royce containing Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles -- began after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat ruling coalition announced plans for deep spending cuts and steep tuition increases. But Brown, who left the top job in May after stunning Labor Party election losses, was focused Sa...

Published: 09/4/10

Britain's Labour Vote Pits Brother Against Brother

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Britain's Labour Vote Pits Brother Against Brother

LONDON (Sept. 4) -- Just a few months ago, many Brits struggled to tell David Miliband, 44, apart from his 40-year-old brother Ed. It was an understandable mistake: The siblings both held senior posts in former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's cabinet, and -- with their boyish looks, awkward smiles and mops of dark hair -- were almost indistinguishable from each other. But now that these young political stars are racing against each other to succeed Brown as leader of the center-left Labour Party, people are suddenly waking up to the differences between the Milibands. Differences that, some Labo...

Published: 09/1/10

Blair's Memoir Tackles Iraq, Alcohol, Clinton and Bush

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Blair's Memoir Tackles Iraq, Alcohol, Clinton and Bush

LONDON (Sept. 1) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offers biting portraits of other world leaders and a searing account of how war and political infighting took their toll on him in a memoir published today. The autobiography, titled "A Journey," has been long awaited by the British public. And although the country is almost equally split between those who detest the ex-leader -- largely because they think he tricked the country into joining the Iraq war -- and those who admire his decisive leadership style, both pro- and anti-Blairites are fascinated by his decade in power. The bo...

Published: 07/28/10

World's Oldest Twitter Tweets Her Maker: Ivy Bean Dies @ 104

By  David Knowles - AOL News
World's Oldest Twitter Tweets Her Maker: Ivy Bean Dies @ 104

(July 28) -- You're never too old to adapt to changes in the modern world. That's certainly one of the lessons of Ivy Bean's life. Bean passed away on July 27 at the age of 104. Born in England in 1905, she worked in a mill when she was growing up. After World War I, she married Harold Gibson Bean and took a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy family. Her husband died when she was in her 70s, the London Daily Mail reported, and nearly a quarter century later, at the age of 102, she joined Facebook and then Twitter. From her home in the English town of Bradford she started posting details of...

Published: 05/23/10

British Elections: Why Labour and Tories Are Declining, and 9 Other Trends

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
British Elections: Why Labour and Tories Are Declining, and 9 Other Trends

If you followed the press coverage of this month's general elections in the United Kingdom, you're likely to come away with the sense that we just witnessed a watershed moment in this country's political history. But were these elections really historic? And if so, why? There's no question that there was a lot of drama packed into the brief, four-week election period that ended on May 6. It saw the first-ever televised political debates between the three main party leaders. Nick Clegg became a household name. And in the end, because no one party secured a majority, two political parties lon...

Published: 05/11/10

New Prime Minister David Cameron Ends Labour Party Era in Britain

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
New Prime Minister David Cameron Ends Labour Party Era in Britain

Two years after the Conservatives surged to a 20 percentage point lead over Gordon Brown's sputtering Labour government in the British polls, 43-year-old Tory leader David Cameron finally became prime minister. But instead of an easy glide path to power, Cameron had to wait an agonizing five days after the inconclusive May 6 election before he could make the symbolic pilgrimage to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night to formally accept Queen Elizabeth's invitation to form a new coalition government. Nearly 30 million British voters went to the polls in an election that left the Conservatives ju...

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Published: 05/11/10

David Cameron Is Britain's Prime Minister: Coalition Formed, Gordon Brown Resigns

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
David Cameron Is Britain's Prime Minister: Coalition Formed, Gordon Brown Resigns

After nearly a week of uncertainty, Conservative Party Leader David Cameron cobbled together a coalition government Tuesday and became Great Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years. Cameron met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she formally asked him to form a government following the resignation of Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who lost his majority in last week's parliamentary elections. Cameron, whose Conservatives won the most seats but fell short of a majority, joined forces with the third place Liberal Democratic Party. Arriving with his wif...

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Published: 05/10/10

Gordon Brown to Step Down; British Government Up For Grabs

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Gordon Brown to Step Down; British Government Up For Grabs

Just when you thought you knew where the British elections were headed, things took another wild swerve. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping down as party leader and the Liberal Democrats have opened up talks with the Labour Party....

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Published: 05/10/10

British Elections: Deal Is Close, Say Conservatives, Liberal Democrats

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
British Elections: Deal Is Close, Say Conservatives, Liberal Democrats

In the aftermath of the hung parliament that resulted from Thursday's British elections, talks between the Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties are continuing into their third day. Negotiators for both parties affirm that a deal is close, even as their rank and file sound less enthusiastic. Well, the roller coaster ride continues with many twists and turns, but without any firm resolution. Since mid-afternoon Friday, when it became clear that no party had a sufficient majority to assume power in Great Britain, the Tories and the Lib-Dems have been locked in talks to see if they can co...

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Published: 05/9/10

Tories, Liberal Democrats Hold 'Positive' Talks on New Government

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Tories, Liberal Democrats Hold 'Positive' Talks on New Government

Senior Conservative and Liberal Democrats met Sunday for six hours in what a Tory spokesman described as "very positive and productive" talks to see if they could form a new government together. The leaders of both parties, the Conservative's David Cameron and Liberal Democrat's Nick Clegg, did not attend the sessions. The negotiating teams are to meet again within 24 hours after consulting their leaders, according to reports by the BBC and Times of London. Clegg did meet with Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown who has offered to open talks with the Liberal Democrats if they fail to reach ag...

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