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May 11, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Prime Minister Tony Blair, who upended the old politics of liberalism and conservatism in Britain and pushed for an "ethical" foreign policy, said Thursday that he would step down June 27 after more than a decade in power. Blair, 54, one of Britain's longest-serving prime ministers, rescued the Labor Party from the electoral backwaters in 1997 on a wave of national optimism, only to see it founder over an unpopular war in Iraq.
April 6, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
It is a painful testimony to just how long the ongoing war in Iraq has been with us that filmmakers are now returning to the topic for sequels, sidebars and further inquiries. It was while shooting footage for "Gunner Palace" in 2003 that filmmaker Michael Tucker videotaped a raid on a Baghdad house suspected as part of a plot against British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
March 7, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The British media fought off court-ordered censorship Tuesday to report allegations that the Labor government was advised to doctor its account of events surrounding the alleged trading of peerages for campaign loans.
February 4, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
When screenwriter Peter Morgan set out to portray Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, he depicted a distant monarch, clueless and a little appalled by the massive outpouring of grief after the death of her former daughter-in-law, Diana. "I wrote about a cold, emotionally detached, haughty, difficult, prickly, private, uncommunicative, out-of-touch bigot," Morgan told Britain's Evening Standard not long after the film, "The Queen," hit theaters.
January 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested Friday in an investigation into whether political honors, such as seats in the House of Lords and knighthoods, were traded for cash. Ruth Turner, Blair's director of government relations, was questioned on suspicion of being involved in the illegal sale of honors and perverting the course of justice, police said.
January 13, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
With its armed forces severely strained by deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Britain must commit itself to major new defense expenditures if it intends to remain one of the world's premier military powers, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday. The growing toll on the British military in the anti-terrorism fight, with reports of troops occasionally running low on ammunition, struggling with jammed weapons and going for weeks without hot meals, has put the nation at a crossroads.
January 13, 2007
ALTHOUGH HE IS yoked to President Bush in their common Iraq policy and lame-duck status, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has more in common with former President Clinton.
December 15, 2006 | From Reuters
British police questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday in an investigation into allegations that state honors were handed out in return for loans to his party. Blair's office said he had been interviewed as a witness, not a suspect. The fact that he was not cautioned about his rights suggested that he had no criminal charges to answer.
November 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Terrorism, crime and climate change will dominate Prime Minister Tony Blair's final legislative agenda, set out by Queen Elizabeth II in a speech at an opulent annual ceremony in Parliament. As Britain's head of state, the queen lays out proposals for new laws on the prime minister's behalf but has no role in drafting them. Blair has said he will step aside next year. The queen said Blair's government would try to push through a package of about 30 new laws focused on security.
September 26, 2006 | Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writer
Gordon Brown, Britain's treasury chief, made an explicit bid Monday for the post of prime minister during a speech at the annual Labor Party conference in the northern English industrial city of Manchester. Brown, whose ambitions for the office have been at the heart of his party's divisions over the tenure of Prime Minister Tony Blair, told a packed audience that he would "relish the opportunity to take on" the opposition Tory Party.
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