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June 11, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Britain's Conservative Party, one of the most enduring and successful political movements in the democratic world, on Tuesday began a long and uncertain road back from electoral defeat, internal division and a reputation tarnished by scandal. Favorite Kenneth Clarke led a five-man race to elect a party leader as successor to the defeated John Major but fell far short of victory in first-round balloting.
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June 11, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Britain's Conservative Party, one of the most enduring and successful political movements in the democratic world, on Tuesday began a long and uncertain road back from electoral defeat, internal division and a reputation tarnished by scandal. Favorite Kenneth Clarke led a five-man race to elect a party leader as successor to the defeated John Major but fell far short of victory in first-round balloting.
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WORLD
May 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A gaffe-prone former journalist and a left-wing incumbent faced off in London's mayoral race, which could gauge Prime Minister Gordon Brown's chances of winning Britain's next national election. A defeat for Mayor Ken Livingstone would end the Labor Party's near-decade of control in London and further loosen Brown's grip on power. The municipal elections in England and Wales will be read as a test of Brown's popularity across Britain and a guide to his party's chances in an election expected in 2009 or 2010.
WORLD
May 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party suffered minor losses in local elections across England, while a right-wing extremist group won two city council seats for its first victories in nearly a decade. The elections Thursday, just days after an impressive showing in France by right-wing candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, were Labor's first ballot test since its landslide general election victory last year.
NEWS
May 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The people of this capital, an ancient seat of government that doesn't have a government of its own, apparently decided Thursday that their city ought to have a mayor. Early election returns showed that voters appeared to be approving a proposal to create a central governing authority and an elected mayor for this metropolis of 7.5 million, a capital city since the Romans founded Londinium two millenniums ago. With four of 33 districts counted, 77% of voters supported the measure.
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May 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Londoners voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of electing their own mayor for the first time in history, a powerful figure likely to cut a political profile second only to Prime Minister Tony Blair. The plan for a strong elected mayor and a 25-member assembly was approved with 72% of the vote.
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April 8, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ruling Conservative Party reeled Friday after being shut out in Scotland's local elections--a disastrous loss that threatens the party leadership of Prime Minister John Major. In voting Thursday, the Conservatives failed to win control of any of 29 new city councils and took only 79 of 1,100 available council seats. The opposition Labor Party, by contrast, took 20 councils, while Scottish nationalists and independents split the rest.
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May 4, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
British Prime Minister John Major on Wednesday made an unannounced visit to Northern Ireland, which was disrupted when Sinn Fein protesters clashed with the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Londonderry. It was the worst street disturbance in Northern Ireland since the Irish Republican Army called a cease-fire eight months ago. And the incident put into question the first talks, scheduled next Wednesday, between the British government and Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm.
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May 11, 1987 | From Reuters
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, riding on a wave of Conservative Party popularity, today called general elections for June 11, a year early, in a bid to become the first British prime minister ever to win three terms in a row. The 61-year-old Thatcher, buoyed by her party's strong showing in recent opinion polls and last week's local elections, met with her Cabinet this morning at 10 Downing St.
WORLD
May 5, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Scottish nationalists who are pushing for independence pulled ahead Friday to an unprecedented victory in the Scottish Parliament and said they would seek to form a coalition government committed "to all the people of this ancient and proud nation of Scotland." Amid chaotic vote counting that saw up to 100,000 ballots disqualified, the Scottish National Party gained 20 seats, leaving it with a total of 47 in the 129-seat assembly.
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October 14, 2000 | ANN SHIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It took Anne Perry 20 years before her first mystery, "The Cater Street Hangman," was published in 1979. But since then, Perry has written and published 31 more mysteries. That makes her willing to offer encouragement to other writers. "You must never, ever give up--just be there when the luck strikes," she said in a recent telephone interview from her home in Portmahomack, Scotland.
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