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June 2010: "The previous British government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown had delayed publication of the report until after the May 6 general election, fearing that the findings might stir political passions during the campaign and undermine the power-sharing government established in Belfast under the Good Friday agreement. One of the co-leaders of that government, Martin McGuinness, was present at the site of the 1972 killings as an Irish Republican Army commander."

June 2008: "LONDON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced down a revolt within his governing Labor Party on Wednesday, winning a precariously narrow victory in the House of Commons for a measure that among other things would allow the authorities to hold terrorism suspects for up to 42 days without charges."

May 2008: 'British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose personal intervention Wednesday led to final agreement among representatives of 111 countries gathered in Dublin, called the ban a "big step forward to make the world a safer place."'

May 2008: 'British lawmakers voted Monday to allow the use of animal-human embryos for research after a national debate that pitted religious leaders who called it unethical against the prime minister and scientists who said it would help cure disease....The overall bill, argued Prime Minister Gordon Brown, would enable lifesaving research that could help people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases.'

April 2008: "Prime Minister Gordon Brown, hosting Sheeran and other private and government experts at his 10 Downing Street offices, said the growing food crisis has pushed prices to their highest levels since 1945 and rivals the current global financial turmoil as a threat to world stability."

October 2007: Also Tuesday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Baghdad and announced that his country would withdraw 1,000 troops from Iraq by year's end, a nearly 20 percent decrease in forces and twice the number of troops previously expected to leave.

August 2007: LONDON, Aug. 7 — An investigation, ordered by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on Tuesday concluded that the spread of foot-and-mouth disease among livestock at two farms in southern England was probably caused by human movement from nearby laboratory facilities that was either “accidental or deliberate.”

May 2007: "Gordon Brown, the finance minister who is set to succeed Blair as prime minister next month, is particularly interested in opening up the process to select the leaders of both institutions [World Bank and International Monetary Fund--Ed.], according to several people familiar with his thinking on the issue."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Subordinate of (past or present) Successor to Anthony "Tony" Charles Lynton Blair Person May 21, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Succeeded by Prime Minister David Cameron Person Jun 16, 2010
Research/Analysis Subject Anthony Seldon Person Oct 24, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Jack Straw Person Nov 22, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Apr 10, 2011 Murdoch paper admits phone hacking as victim rejects payout

QUOTE: Media magnate Rupert Murdoch's flagship British Sunday tabloid newspaper officially apologized Sunday for hacking into voice mails, in a scandal which has affected celebrities, politicians and royal household staff... The New York Times alleged in its story last year that -- far from Goodman and Mulcaire being lone culprits -- phone hacking was common practice at the newspaper.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’

QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

New York Times
Oct 23, 2008 Loose Lips Lead to Trouble for British Tories

QUOTE: Did George Osborne, the Conservative’s brash spokesman for economic affairs, solicit an $80,000 donation from the fabulously rich Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?...that basic question has been buried under a mille-feuille of issues, including old-school ties, big foreign money, gossipy Westminster politics and the proper etiquette for dealing with indiscreet confidences gleaned while enjoying someone else’s hospitality.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2008 Terror Bill Passes Narrowly in Britain

QUOTE: Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced down a revolt within his governing Labor Party on Wednesday, winning a precariously narrow victory in the House of Commons for a measure that among other things would allow the authorities to hold terrorism suspects for up to 42 days without charges.

New York Times
May 28, 2008 111 Nations, Minus the U.S., Agree to Cluster-Bomb Ban

QUOTE: More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs, controversial weapons that human rights groups deplore but that the United States, which did not join the ban, calls an integral, legitimate part of its arsenal.

Washington Post
May 28, 2008 Traffic Stops Over Gas Prices: As Fuel Costs Soar in Europe, Angry Truckers, Fishermen Set Up Blockades

QUOTE: Hundreds of truckers shut down a central London highway Tuesday, French fishermen blockaded ports and French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed cutting European fuel taxes as already high gasoline prices soared even higher.

Washington Post
May 20, 2008 Hybrid Embryo Research Endorsed

QUOTE: Hundreds of British scientists and medical organizations support the process and say it is necessary because of a shortage of human eggs and embryos for research. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, a leading figure in the Catholic Church, had described the research as a "monstrous attack on human rights, human dignity and human life." He said the bill would allow experiments of "Frankenstein proportion."

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2008 Food Crisis Is Depicted As 'Silent Tsunami': Sharp Price Hikes Leave Many Millions in Hunger

QUOTE: More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a "silent tsunami" of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2007 Shiite Bloc Condemns U.S. Policy Of Recruiting Sunni Tribesmen

QUOTE: U.S. forces have given wide support to thousands of Sunni tribesmen across the country who have pledged to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq. U.S. officials describe the effort as promoting grass-roots reconciliation that brings disenfranchised Sunnis into the government and provides protection for their neighborhoods.

Washington Post
Aug 08, 2007 British Outbreak May Be Linked to Human Action

QUOTE: [a] report… said there was a “strong probability” that the outbreak originated at the laboratory facilities… [but] The Institute of Animal Health and Merial Animal Health have denied that there had been any breaches in their biosecurity procedures.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2007 If We Don't Call Them Names, the Terrorists Win

QUOTE: Official rhetoric after terrorist acts has become ethically neutral, merely strategic in tone and content .... Should Ayman al-Zawahri, deputy head of Al Qaeda, be the only "leader" quoted making moral judgments — that Arab regimes are "corrupt" — in a week of terrorist incidents? Why do media parrot this moral irresponsibility...?

Chronicle of Higher Education
Jul 10, 2007 Interpol Chief Calls U.K. Lax In Terror Fight: Failure to Share Data Also Cited

QUOTE: [Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble] faulted Britain for failure to share information and consult global databases useful in fighting terrorism. His comments come at a time when many Britons worry that the country needs to do more...

Washington Post
May 19, 2007 Debate Rises On World Bank Succession: Some World Leaders Oppose Traditional Prerogative of U.S.

QUOTE: As the White House asserted its claim on picking Wolfowitz's successor, aid groups and former bank officials demanded that the next president be selected not in deference to the Bush administration, but on professional merits.

Washington Post
Sep 18, 2002 Blair Calls for Wealth Redistribution

QUOTE: Tony Blair today used a pre-conference speech to promise to "redistribute power, wealth and opportunity" to combat poverty and deliver public services.

Guardian Unlimited