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Drug Shame Peer Steps Down From House Of Lords

Drug Shame Peer Steps Down From House Of Lords

Lord Sewel has stepped down from the House of Lords after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with two prostitutes but will g…

  • Political Times: Corbyn-mania runs Labour wild and George Osborne reveals more …
    Political Times: Corbyn-mania runs Labour wild and George Osborne reveals more … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Forget One Directioners or Taylor Swift-ites, this week Jeremy Corbyn-mania has taken hold of Westminster. A shock poll from YouGov put the socialist firebrand 17 points ahead in the Labour leadership race. The survey has set off a mini-earthquake under the top of the Labour, and even prompted former Prime Minister Tony Blair to urge the Islington North MP's supporters to get a "heart transplant". More »

  • Tony Blair warns UK's Labour: Left turn will lose voters
    Tony Blair warns UK's Labour: Left turn will lose voters Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Labour Party lost the election. Now it is losing its way, careening into a crisis that could rip apart a party that governed for long stretches of the 20th century. More »

  • Labour's Corbyn Says Blair Attack 'Silly'
    Labour's Corbyn Says Blair Attack 'Silly' Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tony Blair has cautioned Labour members against selecting left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn warning "people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant". Mr Blair warned the party not to repeat the mistakes of its 1980s politics and urged a fight against a lurch to the left and away from the party's modernising policies. "people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant". More »

  • Enter Blair as UK's Labour threatens leftward lurch
    Enter Blair as UK's Labour threatens leftward lurch Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tony Blair rarely gets involved with Britain's Labour these days but the risk his party could pick an old-fashioned left-winger as leader prompted him to do so Wednesday, as his legacy looms over the contest. More »

  • Blair warns UK's Labour not to lurch left in leadership race
    Blair warns UK's Labour not to lurch left in leadership race Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair weighed in on the leadership contest in Britain's opposition Labour party Wednesday as a new poll electrified the race by putting leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn ahead. More »

  • Blair tells Labour: Forget about power if you tack left
    Blair tells Labour: Forget about power if you tack left Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair, the Labour Party's most successful election winner, told his party on Wednesday it could not win power in Britain by lurching to the left, urging it to embrace the centre-ground of politics instead. Labour tacked to the left under Ed Miliband, who quit in May after leading the party to its worst election defeat since 1987. "You win from the centre, you win when you appeal to a broad cross section of the public, you win when you support business as well as unions, you don’t win from a traditional leftist platform," former prime minister Blair said in a speech in London. More »

  • Crackdown On 'Rich' Council House Tenants
    Crackdown On 'Rich' Council House Tenants Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Big earners living in council houses or flats and paying cheap subsidised rents are to lose the perk in a Budget crackdown this week. Sky News understands George Osborne will announce that anyone earning over £40,000 in London or £30,000 outside the capital will lose benefits and have to pay the full market rent. The crackdown, which will save taxpayers £250m a year, is aimed at the likes of Frank Dobson, who still lives in a council flat near the British Museum, despite serving as a Cabinet Minister under Tony Blair and earning a six-figure salary. More »

  • 7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far
    7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." More »

  • Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain
    Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake told a London court on Thursday he did not consent to being extradited to Spain, where he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings after the east African country's 1994 genocide. British police arrested Karake, 54, at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a warrant issued in Spain and have since held him in custody. Asked whether he consented to extradition, Karake said from the dock: "I do not." Cherie Blair, the barrister wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, advised Karake's defence team as they successfully applied for bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. More »

  • Delay in Britain's Iraq war investigation angers PM Cameron
    Delay in Britain's Iraq war investigation angers PM Cameron Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was "fast losing patience" with Britain's heavily delayed investigation into the country's role in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and called for the conclusions to urgently be published. The report, expected to shed light on how then prime minister Tony Blair decided to get involved in a war which many Britons opposed as well as how it was conducted, was announced in 2009 and was initially expected to take just a year. Nearly six years later, John Chilcot, the head of the inquiry, says he can't say when it will be completed because of its complexity and the need to obtain responses from people criticised in the report. More »

  • Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board
    Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    A former chief of Britain's Defence Staff and adviser to Tony Blair during his premiership is to step down as a director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, the latest in a string of boardroom changes at the company. Sky News has learnt that Lord Guthrie, who has sat on the Kurdistan-focused oil explorer for just under four years, has decided not to stand for re-election at next month's annual meeting. Lord Guthrie's departure from the board will come just weeks after Gulf Keystone attempted to draw a line under persistent rows with leading shareholders over its leadership by naming Jon Ferrier, a former Maersk Oil executive, as its new boss. More »

  • Tony Blair takes new role in fighting anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, is taking a new role in combatting anti-Semitism in Europe, days after stepping down as the international community's Mideast envoy. More »

  • Former PM Blair to take on role tackling racism and anti-Semitism
    Former PM Blair to take on role tackling racism and anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair has been appointed chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), a Brussels-based organisation dedicated to tackling racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe. Last week it was announced that Blair would be standing down from his role as Middle East envoy next month, after eight years struggling to advance peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. "Despite our best efforts to build a consensus around tolerance in Europe, we still see injustice, discrimination and hideous acts of violence on the continent," Blair, prime minister from 1997 to 2007, said in a statement. More »

  • Blair to fight anti-Semitism
    Blair to fight anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair is to take a new role fighting anti-Semitism after stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy, he announced on Thursday. More »

  • Tony Blair's New Role To Tackle Anti-Semitism
    Tony Blair's New Role To Tackle Anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Tony Blair is taking on a new role combating anti-Semitism after warning "we live in dangerous times". It campaigns for European to make Holocaust denial a criminal offence, clearly define racism and anti-Semitism, and to pay for security at synagogues and Jewish schools. Writing in The Times, Mr Blair and Moshe Kantor, a Russian--born Jewish businessman, warned that Europe is at a turning point. More »

  • Blair takes on tolerance role
    Blair takes on tolerance role Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet's Middle East envoy. More »

  • Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Envoy
    Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Envoy Thu, May 28, 2015

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has resigned as Middle East peace envoy. More »

  • Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy
    Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy Thu, May 28, 2015

    Ex-UK PM to step down at end of June, to focus on regional diplomacy as part of effort to strengthen Israeli-Arab ties. More »

  • Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy
    Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group's envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever. More »

  • APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
    APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. More »

  • Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy
    Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unwavering commitment to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace" and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. More »

  • Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian …
    Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian … Wed, May 27, 2015

    As Tony Blair stands down as Middle East envoy, few in the region will mourn his departure. Much of that was the bloody legacy of the wars that Blair waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts that he and his American allies began and which still rage across the region today. It was not only the cavalier and reckless way that Blair waded into the Middle East in 2001 and 2003 that wrote his epitaph. More »

  • Tony Blair has resigned from his job in the Middle East
    Tony Blair has resigned from his job in the Middle East Wed, May 27, 2015

    The former British Prime Minister was appointed to the post in 2007. More »

  • Blair quits Middle East envoy role
    Blair quits Middle East envoy role Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tony Blair is to step down as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of powers after eight years in the role. More »

  • Official tells AP that Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair submits his resigna … Wed, May 27, 2015

    Official tells AP that Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair submits his resignation. More »

  • Charles challenged Blair over Iraq
    Charles challenged Blair over Iraq Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Prince of Wales tackled former prime minister Tony Blair over a lack of resources for the Armed Forces fighting in Iraq, previously secret letters have revealed. More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Charles' Secret 'Black Spider' Letters Released
    Charles' Secret 'Black Spider' Letters Released Wed, May 13, 2015

    Letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers have finally been made public after a 10-year legal battle to stop them remaining secret. The correspondence - known as the "black spider" memos because of the heir to the throne's unusual handwriting style - was sent between September 2004 and March 2005, when Tony Blair was prime minister. The 27 letters were published by the Guardian, the Information Commissioner and the Cabinet Office on Wednesday afternoon. They reveal a keen working relationship between the Prince of Wales and Mr Blair. More »

  • Charles' letters show concern for troops and toothfish
    Charles' letters show concern for troops and toothfish Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles wrote to ministers on issues ranging from resources for British troops in Iraq to the fate of the Patagonian Toothfish, according to private letters published on Wednesday against government wishes. The 27 letters to and from the 66-year-old heir to the throne were released after the government lost a decade-long legal battle to stop their publication on the grounds they might cast doubt over the future king's political neutrality. In one letter to former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004, he queries delays in the procurement of military helicopters. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • David Miliband says won't run for Labour leadership
    David Miliband says won't run for Labour leadership Mon, May 11, 2015

    Former foreign minister David Miliband said on Monday he would not put himself forward to run Britain's opposition Labour Party and criticised his brother Ed, the outgoing leader, for allowing himself to be seen as taking the party too far back to the left. Ed Miliband, who beat his older and better known brother in a 2010 Labour leadership contest, quit on Friday after the party suffered a heavy election defeat. "I'm clearly not a candidate in this leadership election ... The commitment I have to the job I have got doesn't change as a result of the election," David Miliband, who left the British parliament in 2013 and now runs an aid agency in New York, said in a BBC interview. Ed Miliband was widely seen as having steered the party leftwards from the centrist "New Labour" of Tony Blair, who won three elections in a row to be prime minister from 1997 to 2007. More »

  • Labour took wrong path and must return to centre, grandees say
    Labour took wrong path and must return to centre, grandees say Sun, May 10, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party must return to the political centre ground and acknowledge the aspirations of millions of voters it ignored in its election campaign, senior figures said on Sunday, as the party's crushing defeat hit home. The Conservatives, who during their five years in coalition with the Liberal Democrats imposed huge public spending cuts, won a surprise overall majority of 331 seats in parliament and are now forming a single-party government. Labour leader Ed Miliband, widely seen as having steered the party leftwards from former Prime Minister Tony Blair's centrist "New Labour", resigned on Friday after the party won just 232 seats. Blair, who won three elections in a row to be prime minister from 1997 to 2007, wrote in The Observer newspaper that Labour should be more inclusive and aspirational -- comments echoed by one of the frontrunners to replace Miliband, Chuka Umunna. More »

  • Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Blair: Labour must reclaim centre
    Blair: Labour must reclaim centre Sat, May 9, 2015

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. More »

  • Whoever triumphs in UK election, it won't be the press 'wot won it& … Mon, May 4, 2015

    By Paul Sandle and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid famously crowed "It was the Sun wot won it" in 1992, claiming its support had swayed 10 million readers to back John Major's Conservatives to an unexpected election victory. In the three elections that followed, the rightwing paper backed the other side, helping to deliver victories for Tony Blair's newly pro-business Labour Party. In a move that would have been unheard of a few years ago, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband gave an interview to Russell Brand, a comedian with 9.6 million Twitter followers and his own YouTube channel. Miliband even tweaked Murdoch during the interview, saying the Australian-born magnate no longer had the power he once had: "The British people have a lot more sense than some of these papers give them credit for." Comparing Brand to Murdoch, Charlie Beckett, media professor at the London School of Economics, said Miliband's move made sense: "Russell may get better cut through than Rupert." ERA HAS GONE David Yelland, a former editor of the Sun and deputy editor of Murdoch's New York Post, acknowledged that press barons hold less sway than they once did. More »