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Political Scandals in the United Kingdom

Ex-wife guilty in case that toppled British minister

Vicky Pryce, former wife of disgraced British ex-minister Chris Huhne, was convicted on Thursday of perverting the course of justice by taking penalty points on her driving licence in 2003 for a speeding offence he had committed.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 12:19am

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

Beijing warned of EU's trade frustration

Anger is rising in Europe, says envoy

The European Union's top trade official yesterday warned of rising 'anger and frustration' across Europe over trade relations with China, questioning Beijing's sincerity in forging free and fair commercial relations.

23 Nov 2007 - 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

New weapon in spin wars

An Australian journalist with little experience of party politics is the latest weapon to be deployed by the opposition British Conservative Party in a bid to boost its flagging reputation.

With upcoming regional and local polls, the party that was decimated in the May 1997 elections is searching for a new formula which will help to save it from further ignominy.

6 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Labour's reputation lost in a moment

Reputations take a long time to win but just a moment to lose and, after just six months in power, Labour wasted its credibility this week as allegations of political sleaze and dubious donations piled up.

Labour has soiled its squeaky-clean image. The howls of self-righteous indignation with which Labour greeted Tory problems over the years are now somewhat muted.

15 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Moving day as changes made with dignity

It took just two hours, but history was made with good grace and dignity yesterday.

In that time, John Major left to see the Queen and watch cricket, and new Prime Minister Tony Blair walked through the doors of 10 Downing Street for lunch.

Unlike previous occasions there was no cynicism, no ill feeling, just congratulations from all players to all.

3 May 1997 - 12:00am

The price of weakness

In four weeks' time, British voters choose the country's next government. It is widely forecast that the Labour Party will turn its commanding lead in the opinion polls into a governing majority, if only because after 18 years in office the Conservatives look a spent force, fatally crippled by their own internal weaknesses.

3 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Scandal-struck MP who called his own bluff

IT ended in tears all round as British Tory MP David Ashby lost his libel case against The Sunday Times, which had branded him a homosexual, a hypocrite and a liar.

There are, in the run of things, cases one might feel obliged to take up in the cause of justice.

24 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Debate over inquiry status

THE Government and the Labour Opposition were early today working towards a compromise over whether the parliamentary cash-for-questions inquiry would be held in secret.

MPs were debating an Opposition motion which called for the Commons Privileges Committee to hold its hearings in public.

1 Nov 1994 - 12:00am