Conservative Party

Growing revolt by Tory MPs against British PM David Cameron

David Cameron

Downing Street will be warned by senior Conservatives that a sea change is under way in the parliamentary party as growing numbers of MPs decide that Prime Minister David Cameron is a liability, amid a revolt over the issue of gay marriage.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 3:57am

Thatcher's spirit lives on, not least in self-reliant Hong Kong

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Reuters

Margaret Thatcher stated her beliefs to the electorate and moved ahead on a "back me or sack me" basis. She inherited a bankrupt country and transformed the economy. She was so successful that I was inspired to fly back to Britain from Hong Kong just for a weekend to walk the streets and knock on hundreds of doors for her.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am

Growing support for gay marriage in Britain

Photo: AP

Nearly two-thirds of British people support plans to introduce gay marriage, according to a poll published on Thursday which showed growing backing for the reform.

Some 62 per cent of those questioned for the poll in the Guardian newspaper said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, against 31 per cent who oppose the change and seven per cent who were undecided.

27 Dec 2012 - 10:35pm

Alistair McAlpine, senior Conservative Party figure, denies sex-abuse claims

Alistair McAlpine, who was treasurer and deputy chairman of Britain's Conservative Party under former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, yesterday denied internet rumours that he had been part of a paedophile ring.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Britain's David Cameron warns of witch hunt over sex-abuse claims

David Cameron says he is wary of speculation online. Photo: EPA

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that accusations of paedophilia against senior Conservative politicians risk creating a "witch hunt", particularly against gay people.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

London Mayor Boris Johnson given rock star welcome by Conservatives

Boris Johnson speaks at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference, where he received a rapturous welcome. Photo: AFP

Britain's Conservative party gave maverick London Mayor Boris Johnson a rock star welcome at its annual conference. But while he left the prime minister, David Cameron, in the shade, it is still uncertain if he is a real threat.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

British PM David Cameron talks tough ahead of conference test

David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron talked tough on Europe and the economy yesterday as he headed to his party's annual conference, where he faces a major test of his leadership.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister

The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister by John Campbell Penguin

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Britain's coalition challenge

On May 11, British Prime Minister Gordon resigned from his post, ending 13 years of the Labour party's centre-left rule. He resigned after the Labour Party lost many seats to the opposing centre-right Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, led by David Cameron and Nick Clegg respectively.

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

3rd favourite calls govt

Unelected British Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally admitted defeat this week. After last week's elections there was no clear winner between the big two parties, Labour and the Conservatives. The third favourite, the Liberal Democrats, under Nick Clegg, was left to decide.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

Pining for the days of an old-fashioned spy drama

Spies do not come readily to mind as victims of change like the rest of us - of workplace restructuring, cost-cutting, retraining and the like. Snooping seems like a secure, steady occupation, insulated from the chill winds of change by one country's need to know another country's military and scientific secrets.

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Why Mellor quit

I refer to your agency story headlined 'Mellor backs Major' (South China Morning Post, October 2), which said ex-Tory minister David Mellor had to quit the British cabinet in 1992 over his affair with an actress.

Mr Mellor did not resign despite press disclosures about his fling with the actress, Antonia de Sancha.

11 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Left march

Until he ran into a small problem in the person of Ken Livingstone, Prime Minister Tony Blair seemed to hold Britain in the palm of his hand. Yesterday, matters appeared to have changed.

6 May 2000 - 12:00am

Blair steps into row over $12m gift from Ma

The British Government last night turned up the pressure on the Conservative Party over a GBP1 million donation (HK$12.54 million) from the Ma family in Hong Kong.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said the money should be returned and the circumstances behind it revealed.

22 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Tories to reveal donations

The Conservative Party has agreed to reveal details of its funding from Hong Kong and elsewhere.

But Hong Kong donors who poured millions of dollars into party coffers in the early 1990s will remain anonymous.

22 Dec 1997 - 12:00am