Conservatives

  • leader Dec 2, 2019

    London Extremist Attack Takes Center Stage in UK Campaign

    Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for...

  • leader Nov 20, 2019

    Johnson, Corbyn Square Off on Brexit in 1st UK Election Debate

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn squared off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of Britain’s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life.

  • leader Nov 3, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Apologizes for Missing Brexit Deadline

    Britain’s election campaign heated up Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won’t personally run for a seat in Parliament. Johnson’s promise to have Britain leave the bloc...

  • Daniel Macht Oct 25, 2019

    UK's Johnson Seeks Dec. 12 Election to Break Brexit Impasse

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his promise of an October Brexit and pinned his hopes on a December election. Two days after lawmakers stymied Johnson’s latest attempt to pass his European Union divorce deal, he said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse was a general election. Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to...

  • Associated Press Sep 5, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Brother Quits Government Amid Brexit Blows

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bad week got even worse Thursday when younger brother Jo walked away from his government post over their differing stances over Brexit. It was clearly a difficult decision for Jo Johnson, who had returned to government as an education minister when his big brother replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July. Jo Johnson had...

  • Governor Aug 2, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Party Suffers Defeat in UK Special Election

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s governing Conservative Party lost a special election early Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister nine days ago, the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the opposition Liberal...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 24, 2019

    Boris Johnson Chosen as New UK Leader, Now Faces Brexit Test

    Boris Johnson, Britain’s blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.’s next prime minister on Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday after winning an election to lead the governing Conservatives. He will have just over three months to make good...

  • European Union Jun 7, 2019

    Undone by Brexit, May Steps Down as Conservative Leader

    British Prime Minister Theresa May formally stepped down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, defeated by the Brexit conundrum. May’s three years at the helm ended not with a bang but a whimper: The party simply confirmed there had been a private exchange of letters between May and the committee that oversees party rules, confirming the departure announced by May...

  • European Union Jun 7, 2019

    UK's Brexit Party Narrowly Defeated in Key Electoral Test

    Britain’s upstart Brexit Party failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing early Friday to the left-of-center Labour Party in a special election. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene. Forbes said the Brexit Party’s defeat “shows that the politics of division...

  • Germany Jun 2, 2019

    German Government Wobbles After Social Democrat Leader Quits

    The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats announced her resignation Sunday following a series of disappointing election results, raising fresh doubts about the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. Andrea Nahles said she wanted “clarity” after questions were raised about her ability to lead the party. The Social Democrats finished third in last month’s European Parliament election, receiving 15.8%...

  • Asher Klein May 21, 2019

    Seeking Brexit Support, May Offers Vote on New Referendum

    In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement. May made the offer as part of a desperate attempt to persuade Parliament to back a divorce...

  • Europe Mar 30, 2019

    May Explores Idea of Bringing Brexit Deal Back for 4th Vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even though lawmakers voted to reject it for a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union. The U.K. now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU with a new plan, or crash out of the...

  • America Feb 27, 2019

    United Methodist Delegates Reject Recognizing Gay Marriage

    The United Methodist Church, America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith’s divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Emotions were high throughout the third and final day of the UMC’s meeting. Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were...

  • Europe Jan 19, 2019

    Wild Week Over Brexit Leaves British Politics in Crisis Mode

    Britain’s Parliament is crumbling — shored up by scaffolding, patched by endless repairs. And after a week of upheaval over Brexit in the House of Commons and angry exchanges on the streets outside, Britain’s democratic system is looking a bit shaky, too. In the Commons chamber, Prime Minister Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat in Parliament’s history over her European...

  • London Dec 10, 2018

    UK Leader Warns of ‘Uncharted Waters' If Brexit Deal Nixed

    With a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit looming, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers Sunday that they could take Britain into “uncharted waters” and trigger a general election if they reject the divorce deal she struck with the European Union. May is fighting to save her unpopular Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament on...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 13, 2018

    Congress Heads Toward Postelection Fight Over Border Wall

    Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a top White House priority. Trump is promising voters...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 19, 2018

    Trump Says He ‘Won't Let' Social Media Target Conservatives

    President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.” Trump’s Saturday morning tweets come as companies have been working to ban right-wing “Infowars” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms. Apple, YouTube and Spotify have permanently removed some of his content, Facebook has suspended him for 30 days...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 9, 2018

    Doug Ford, Brother of Late Toronto Mayor, Is New Ontario Premier

    The new premier of Ontario is the brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who became famous for smoking crack cocaine. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have won the provincial election in Canada’s most populous province. Doug Ford is a populist who has been compared to U.S. President Donald Trump. Rob’s Ford’s tenure as mayor of the country’s largest city was...

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 29, 2018

    Trump Says He Relishes Enthusiasm, ‘Love' at Michigan Rally

    President Donald Trump took aim at familiar political targets and added a few fresh ones during a campaign-style rally in Michigan, an Upper Midwest state that was crucial in sending him to the White House. Trump has been urging voters to support Republicans for Congress as a way of advancing his agenda. In the Saturday night rally in Washington Township,...

  • DONALD TRUMP Feb 10, 2018

    Trump Signs Budget Deal, Government Reopens

    President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were sleeping and most government offices were closed, anyway. The House and Senate approved a bill to keep the government funded through March 23, overcoming opposition from liberal Democrats...

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