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Published: 11/10/10

Thousands of UK Students Protest Tuition Hikes

By  not in system - AOL News
Thousands of UK Students Protest Tuition Hikes

LONDON (Nov. 10) -- Tens of thousands of students marched noisily through London on Wednesday against plans to triple university tuition fees, and some tried to occupy the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party, in the largest street protest yet against the government's sweeping austerity measures. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate. Violence flared as a handful of people smashed windows in a high-rise building that...

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...

Published: 05/12/10

U.K.'s Coalition Government: A Happy Marriage? (And Can It Last?)

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
U.K.'s Coalition Government: A Happy Marriage? (And Can It Last?)

The United Kingdom has a coalition government for the first time in 70 years. But will this marriage of convenience last? The historic British elections, which -- after five days of intense wrangling -- finally yielded a new coalition government under the leadership of David Cameron on Tuesday night, has already unleashed a torrent of analysis and commentary. Some of it has been hopeful, some of it cautious, and some of it downright negative....

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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: 05/9/10

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...

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Published: 05/7/10

U.K. Election's Big Question: Who's the Next Prime Minister -- and Can He Rule?

By  Walter Shapiro and Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
U.K. Election's Big Question: Who's the Next Prime Minister -- and Can He Rule?

As dawn broke over London Friday morning after a laboriously slow night of vote counting in Britain's most muddled election in three decades, it was far easier to count the losers than to identify the next prime minister. Exit polls had predicted a hung Parliament, with the Conservatives falling shy of a majority. And the actual returns (with 648 of the 650 constituencies reporting, as of Friday afternoon, London time) appeared to confirm this forecast, with the electoral swing from Labour to the Tories a slightly less-than-expected 5 percent. The BBC projected that the Conservatives would...

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Published: 04/27/10

British Elections: The Rise of the Also-Rans

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
British Elections: The Rise of the Also-Rans

LONDON (April 27) -- Don't worry if you've never heard of Nick Clegg. Until two weeks ago, the leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats -- which for the past 20 years have consistently come in third in national elections -- was barely known in his own country, let alone abroad. Now with only nine days left until Britons go to the polls, Clegg looks set to emerge as a major force in British politics. Since the 1930s, British elections have largely been a two-party affair. The only candidates who really counted came from center-left Labour, the incumbent, or the center-right Conservatives, also...

Published: 04/17/10

British Conservatives Woo the Gay Vote

By  Traci Watson - AOL News
British Conservatives Woo the Gay Vote

LONDON (April 17) -- It's an image that would leave many American Republicans spluttering with outrage: their top national candidate posing on the cover of a gay magazine. But a pairing that would be unthinkable in the United States has become a reality on the other side of the pond. A specially shot portrait of David Cameron, who will become prime minister if the Conservative Party wins control of Parliament in an election on May 6, is splashed across the front of the March issue of Attitude magazine. The headline is a mock classified ad: "Dave -- 43 -- Westminster -- Looking for Gay Love."...

Published: 03/4/10

Oscars' New Voting System: Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Oscars' New Voting System:  Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

For Oscar lovers like me, the usual nail-biting anticipation that accompanies the annual Academy Awards is all the greater this year. Not only are there more films up in the category of Best Picture, but the rules by which that movie is selected have also changed. In a curious case of life imitating art, the British government is also looking at reforming its electoral system along similar lines. In both cases, the big question on everyone's mind is this: Who benefits?...

Published: 10/16/09

Why American Conservatives Should Be More Like the Brits

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Why American Conservatives Should Be More Like the Brits

The British Conservative party did something astounding at its national conference last week: It spoke to its members like grown-ups. American conservatives would do well to follow suit. I'm not the first person to suggest that Republicans would do well to steal a page from the Tory playbook. A long line of conservative pundits -- including The New York Times's David Brooks and The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes -- have been making this case for more than a year now. In particular, they see Conservative party leader David Cameron (pictured) as a pivotal figure in leading his party out of the...

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