April 10, 1992 |
The governing Conservative Party maintained a slender lead early today over its Labor Party opponents in Britain's national election, and projections indicated that it would win an overall majority in Parliament. So close was the race that the final, official results will not be known until later today. But it appeared that the Conservatives, under Prime Minister John Major, would remain in power with a thin but unassailable majority of between 15 and 20 seats in the House of Commons.
April 11, 1992 |
Prime Minister John Major on Friday hailed the final results of the British election, which gave his Conservative Party a much-reduced but still comfortable majority in Parliament and a mandate to govern for the next five years. According to the official count of the votes cast Thursday, the Conservatives wound up with 336 seats in the 651-member House of Commons, 10 seats more than needed to win outright and 21 more than the combined opposition total.
April 8, 1995 |
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.
July 7, 1992 |
Britain's Labor Party has its roots in the trade union movement and socialist reformist societies. Here are some key dates: 1900--The Trades Union Congress cooperates with the Independent Labor Party, founded in 1893, to form a Labor Representation Committee--an effort to gain working-class representation in Parliament. 1906--Supported by socialist groups such as the Fabian Society, the Committee formally changes its name to the Labor Party.