September 26, 2010 |
Britain's Labor Party chose the younger of two brothers as its new leader Saturday, selecting Ed Miliband over his older sibling to lead the party back from its electoral drubbing this spring after 13 years in power. Miliband, 40, who served as secretary for energy and climate change in the government of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, is the youngest leader in Labor Party history. After three other rivals were eliminated, he defeated his brother, David, the former foreign secretary who until recently was considered the favorite, by slightly more than one percentage point in balloting on the eve of the party's annual conference.
May 12, 2010 |
David Cameron became Britain's new prime minister Tuesday as his Conservatives ended 13 years of Labor rule and entered into a surprising alliance with a smaller party that held the keys to his ascent. After five days of backroom negotiations that riveted Britain, the change of government — when it came — occurred with lightning speed. Outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Brown, seeing his own hopes for a coalition deal dashed, made a dignified departure from the official residence at 10 Downing St. to submit his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
May 11, 2010 |
In a surprise move to try to keep the Conservatives out of power, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that he would step down within the next few months and that his Labor Party would immediately begin formal talks with the Liberal Democrats about a possible alliance in government. It was a startling announcement from a dogged, moody leader who waited 10 years in Tony Blair's shadow to come to power, and who clung on through months of dismal approval ratings before being rejected at the polls Thursday.
May 4, 2010 |
Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in years entered the homestretch Tuesday even as the nation began girding itself for a period of political uncertainty stemming from a potential stalemate in Parliament. The opposition Conservatives remain in the lead in the polls as they try to smash the Labor Party's 13-year grip on power. But there are increasing signs that no party is likely to emerge from Thursday's vote with a majority in the House of Commons, which would throw this country into murky political waters not seen here in more than 30 years.
April 16, 2010 |
It was the dawn, one writer said, of "the American age in British politics." For the first time in this country's history, the candidates for prime minister squared off in televised debates Thursday, adding a bit of presidential-style zing to what is shaping up as the closest election in a generation. Election day is May 6. For 90 minutes, the three men in dark suits and white shirts made their pitches, live and uncensored, for why they deserved to lead the nation. They sparred over the economy, they talked tough on crime, they tried to outdo one another in their admiration for British soldiers in Afghanistan.
April 6, 2010 |
Britain's worst-kept secret was officially let out of the bag Tuesday when Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that much-anticipated national elections would take place May 6. The race is shaping up as the tightest in 18 years, and its outcome could be a rare "hung Parliament," in which no party commands a sufficiently decisive majority to form a government. Polls consistently show the opposition Conservatives leading Brown's ruling Labor Party, but the gap has narrowed significantly in recent months, making the contest too close to call.