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British PM says sorry over "bigot woman" gaffe

VINCE SOODIN and NEIL MILLARD The Sun 29.04.2010
British PM says sorry over "bigot woman" gaffe

Embarrased Gordon Brown holds his head in his hand after he was caught calling a Labour voter a "bigot". The PM made a grovelling apology on radio as he was challenged over his comments.

Gordon Brown faces plot by Labour MPs amid double blow in polls

Andrew Porter, Robert Winnett and Jon Swaine 28.07.2008
The Conservatives are privately growing concerned that Mr Brown may be removed from office and a stronger candidate installed  Photo: PA

Dozens of senior Labour MPs, including several former ministers, are set to write to the Cabinet urging them to force a leadership contest that could topple Gordon Brown.


Wills the Apprentice

Robert Jobson News of the World 27.07.2008
Wills the Apprentice

PRINCE William is to be given an astonishing apprenticeship in how to be king, the News of the World can reveal.

Gordon Brown. A new ICM poll claims the confidence of the electorate has gone. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

Gordon Brown faces a damning verdict from voters ahead of his first anniversary in power, according to a new Guardian/ICM poll. It suggests that his prime ministership has been a disappointment: 74% of those questioned say that he has been a chang...


Clashes take place between police and anti-war protesters in Parliament Square, London. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

Downing Street yesterday rejected any suggestion of a rift between Gordon Brown and George Bush over troop withdrawals from Iraq, as the US president arrived in the UK for what is expected to be his final visit to the country before he leaves office.

Gordon Brown is attempting to win over 42 day rebels EPA

Gordon Brown is embarking on a round of last-minute lobbying to win round rebel Labour MPs who are threatening to block Government proposals to increase the period terror suspects can be held without charge to 42 days.


Soldiers of D company 2 Para walk past flowering poppy fields in southern Afghanistan  (Richard Pohle )

Gordon Brown paid tribute to the the 100 British troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001, saying that they had "achieved something of lasting value" by their actions.

£500m ‘wasted’ on Chinooks that have never flown

Michael Evans Times Online 04.06.2008
£500m ‘wasted’ on Chinooks that have never flown

The Ministry of Defence has spent more than £500 million on eight Chinook helicopters that have never been flown as a result of “one of the most incompetent procurements of all time”, an audit has concluded.


Gordon Brown warns 42-day terror detention rebels that he won't back down

Gordon Brown will take one of the biggest gambles of his political career today by defying Labour MPs to back him or defeat him over holding terrorist suspects for 42 days.

Gordon Brown blows a loophole in ban on

Michael Smith The Sunday Times 01.06.2008
Gordon Brown blows a loophole in ban on

Gordon Brown has negotiated a loophole for Britain to continue using cluster bombs, despite his declaration of a full ban. The prime minister appeared to reinforce his humanitarian credentials when he dramatically overruled the Ministry of Defence...


Confidence in the economy evaporates

Larry Elliott and David Hencke The Guardian 30.05.2008
Confidence in the economy evaporates

Gordon Brown's hopes of recovering from this month's hat-trick of electoral setbacks received a fresh blow today as falling house prices and rising food and energy bills prompted the biggest slump in consumer confidence since the onset of the last...

Pressure mounts on Brown after poll defeat

LONDON (AFP) — Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a grim holiday weekend as speculation mounted Saturday over whether he might face a leadership challenge.


British leader's party loses special election

RAPHAEL G. SATTER AP 23.05.2008
British leader's party loses special election

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservatives crushed the governing Labour Party in a special election that underlined the deepening unpopularity of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government, results showed Friday.

Dalai Lama meets Brown in closely watched talks

LONDON (AFP) — The Dalai Lama held closed-door talks Friday with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has faced a diplomatic balancing act between backing Tibetan rights and not offending Beijing.


Disaster for Gordon Brown after Tory landslide in Crewe

Philip Webster and Russell Jenkins Times Online 23.05.2008
Edward Timpson and his wife Julia after the result was announced  (Ben Gurr)

A resurgent Conservative party stormed to a crushing victory over Labour in the Crewe & Nantwich by-election early today, placing Gordon Brown’s leadership under even greater strain.

Margaret Thatcher told navy to raid Swedish coast

Pelle Neroth The Sunday Times 27.01.2008
Margaret Thatcher told navy to raid Swedish coast

MARGARET THATCHER ordered the Royal Navy to land Special Boat Service (SBS) frogmen on the coast of Sweden from British submarines pretending to be Soviet vessels, a new book has claimed. The deception involved numerous incursions by British force...


OPINION: The Union of England and Scotland is over

Pity, for a moment, the most interesting man in the world, Alistair Darling. Last Friday he had an impossible mission, and I apologise in advance for teasing him about it. The Chancellor of the Exchequer went to Stirling University in his - and mu...

Cameron: 'Look at me and think of Schwarzenegger'

Tory leader David Cameron signals today that he will try to extend the dramatic political gains the Conservatives have made over the last fortnight by pressing ahead with his centrist, liberal agenda, inspired by California governor Arnold Schwarz...


Mr Brown's decision ends weeks of speculation

Gordon Brown has said he will not call a general election this autumn. The PM said he wanted a chance to show the country his "vision for change" and to develop his policies further. He said an election could have been held based on "competency" i...

Schwarzenegger's blueprint for terminating British PM

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday gave Britain's main opposition Conservative Party his action plan for winning power and overhauling Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The former Hollywood tough-guy, famous for his roles in the "Termi...