Tag: Conservative Party (Great Britain)

UK Starts to Look at Brexit With ‘Bregret’

LONDON — Six and a half years after voting to leave the European Union, three years after the formal departure, two years after signing a post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels and one month after installing its fourth prime minister since the 2016 referendum, Britain is caught in — what else? — another debate over Brexit. […]

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U.K. Doubles Down on a Tactic Disproportionately Targeting Black People

That same day, Mr. Lawrence’s mother, Ann-Marie Lawrence, felt so sick that her older son had to drive her home. Once alone, she poured herself a rum and lit a cigarette. “It’s us mums who are feeling the pain at the end of the day, on both sides,” she said. “But this law, it’s not […]

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Debut Overshadowed By Williamson Resignation

As chief whip, Mr. Williamson cultivated the image of a ruthless political operator, keeping a pet tarantula he called Cronus in a glass box on his desk. His power, analysts said, stemmed from knowing where other politicians kept their skeletons, but he also threw his support to Mr. Sunak in a difficult leadership campaign. For […]

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Young Migrants Describe Hunger, Illness and Trauma at UK Asylum Center

Mohammad, 17, emerged groggily from his hotel near Heathrow Airport into the spitting rain on Thursday, his flimsy sandals slapping at the wet concrete. It has been weeks since he slept or ate properly, he said. He crossed his arms and shivered, then gazed up at the sky as a plane roared overhead. Before he […]

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Rishi Sunak Has a Boris Johnson Problem

LONDON — When Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain travels to the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el Sheikh next Monday, he will share the spotlight with his former boss and sometime nemesis, Boris Johnson, who plans to attend the United Nations’ climate-change conference there as a private citizen. That was not supposed to happen. […]

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Rishi Sunak’s First Crisis: Turmoil Engulfing His Home Secretary

LONDON — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain has been in office less than a week, but he is already embroiled in a crisis over his home secretary, Suella Braverman, who repeatedly violated security rules and is also accused of disregarding legal advice about how to deal with an overcrowded center for asylum seekers. Ms. […]

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For Rishi Sunak, Family Wealth From Outsourcing Adds to a Secretive Fortune

LONDON — As Rishi Sunak made his rapid ascent in British politics, campaigning for Brexit and greater immigration controls to preserve jobs for Britons, the company that made his family exceedingly wealthy was becoming a political lightning rod as one of the world’s biggest outsourcing firms. Infosys, the Indian outsourcing giant founded by Mr. Sunak’s […]

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New UK Leader Rishi Sunak Faces a Bruising First Prime Minister’s Questions

LONDON — A day after taking the reins in Downing Street, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came under attack in Parliament for naming an immigration hard-liner to his cabinet, only a week after she was fired from her post for security breaches. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, suggested that Mr. Sunak reappointed […]

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Rishi Sunak’s Challenge: Unifying the Party and Fixing the Economy

LONDON — Rishi Sunak took over as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday, the third in seven weeks, hoping to slow the revolving door at 10 Downing Street and restore stability to a government in turmoil. But as he assembled a cabinet and began to confront a grave economic crisis, Mr. Sunak faced formidable political challenges, […]

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Who Are Rishi Sunak’s Top Cabinet Ministers?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak mapped out his new cabinet on Tuesday with a flurry of announcements showcasing mostly familiar faces who have served in previous Conservative Party governments, reinforcing his desire for stability during one of Britain’s most fraught political moments. Mr. Sunak drew on lawmakers who had held prominent positions before to fill the […]

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Rishi Sunak Won’t Save Britain

LONDON — In March, Rishi Sunak was photographed filling up a car at a supermarket gas station. The purpose, of course, was self-promotion: Mr. Sunak was keen to advertise his role, as finance minister, in cutting the price of fuel. But the puff misfired. The car, a modest red Kia Rio, wasn’t his (it belonged […]

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Sunak’s Ascent Is a Breakthrough for Diversity, With Privilege

LONDON — In northwest London, home to one of Britain’s largest Hindu communities, celebrations for Diwali, a festive holiday, were well underway on Monday. Children tossed small fireworks that popped as they slammed into the sidewalk. Bright lights strung across the street twinkled overhead. Families bought sweets and candles. But many who were gathered with […]

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Rishi Sunak Wins Contest to be UK’s Next PM and Confront Economic Storm

LONDON — Rishi Sunak prevailed in a chaotic three-day race for leader of Britain’s Conservative Party on Monday, a remarkable political comeback that doubled as a historical milestone, making him the first person of color to become prime minister in British history. The 42-year-old son of Indian immigrants, whose political career has already had its […]

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Rishi Sunak Becomes the FrontRunner for U.K. Prime Minister

LONDON — Rishi Sunak would have every right to be smug. Throughout the summer, Mr. Sunak, Britain’s former finance minister — and now the front-runner for prime minister — warned against the economic policies of Liz Truss as he competed with her for the nation’s top job, and then lost. From the first television debate, […]

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Rishi Sunak Pulls Ahead With Votes in UK Prime Minister Race

LONDON — The competition to replace Liz Truss as Britain’s prime minister intensified on Sunday, with Rishi Sunak pulling ahead in the scramble for votes of Conservative lawmakers, while Boris Johnson labored in his bid to reclaim the job he gave up three months ago amid a cascade of scandals. Mr. Sunak, who formally declared […]

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How Political Primaries Drive Britain’s Dysfunction

The rise and fall of Liz Truss, Britain’s six-week prime minister, embodies a seismic and long-mounting change in British politics, though its cause and consequences may not always be obvious. Ms. Truss was only the fourth British leader to win the job through a particularly American practice newly common in her country: a party primary. […]

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Boris Johnson Is Back in Britain, and Back in the Running for Prime Minister

LONDON — Boris Johnson returned to Britain on Saturday, feeding expectations that he would seek to reclaim his old job after the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss last week. His former chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, also seemed poised to join the race to replace Ms. Truss. Mr. Johnson, who had been vacationing […]

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Not-So-Great Britain’s Conservative Crackup

“The moment she gets into political difficulty,” Barwell told The Times’s Mark Landler, “there’s going to be a bring-back-Boris movement.” And here we are at that moment. “It’s incredibly funny if you’re not English,” Henry Porter, a British writer, told me. “It’s humiliating if you are. Boris is Boris Karloff, the monster who comes alive […]

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How Tumultuous Forces of Brexit Divided U.K.’s Conservative Party

LONDON — When Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain resigned on Thursday after only 44 days in office, she spoke almost wistfully about how the collapse of her economic plans meant she would never achieve her goal of creating a “low-tax, high-growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.” Her nostalgia for […]

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Could Boris Johnson Make a Comeback as U.K. Prime Minister?

Under election rules laid out by the party on Thursday, candidates need 100 nominations from lawmakers to appear on the ballot next week. According to the informal tallies, neither Mr. Johnson nor Mr. Sunak is close yet, though in one spreadsheet, which includes unnamed supporters, Mr. Johnson is at 52. More on the Situation in […]

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Johnson, Sunak and Mordaunt Are Top Contenders for UK Prime Minister

LONDON — The race to succeed Liz Truss as Britain’s prime minister was already gathering pace on Friday, potentially pitting the former prime minister, Boris Johnson, against the man who helped oust him from Downing Street just a little more than three months ago, the former finance minister, Rishi Sunak. Penny Mordaunt, now a senior […]

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Who Will the Next U.K. Prime Minister Be and How Will They Be Chosen?

Just over six weeks after Britain’s Conservative Party picked Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister, a new leader must again be selected. This time, the process is expected to be much faster than the two-month affair that put Ms. Truss into office. There will be no prolonged campaign, with plans to have […]

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Britain Is a Global Laughingstock, and It’s Not Just Liz Truss’s Fault

LONDON — Until very recently the British Conservative Party was able to claim, with a great deal of credibility, that it was the most successful political party in the Western world. The party of Benjamin Disraeli, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher has governed Britain for most of the last 200 years. Through much of that […]

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After a Storm, Britain’s Economy Finds Itself Rudderless

The fall of Liz Truss, Britain’s prime minister for just six tumultuous weeks, has plunged the nation into another phase of economic uncertainty. When Ms. Truss announced her resignation on Thursday as Conservative Party leader, saying she would stand down as prime minister, the markets that had rebelled against her fiscal policies engaged in a […]

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Liz Truss Resigns After 6 Chaotic Weeks, Igniting New Leadership Fight

LONDON — Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain announced her resignation on Thursday, bringing a swift end to a six-week stint in office that began with a radical experiment in trickle-down economics and descended into financial and political chaos, as most of those policies were reversed. With her tax-cutting agenda in tatters, her Conservative Party’s […]

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Truss Defied the Markets, and They Ruthlessly Sealed Her Fate

Mr. Kwarteng, who studied the history of financial crises as a doctoral student at Cambridge University, brushed off the blowback in financial markets as a temporary phenomenon. Like Ms. Truss, he is a believer in disruptive change. Together, they were among the authors of “Britannia Unchained,” a manifesto for a Thatcher-style, free-market revolution in post-Brexit […]

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Liz Truss or Lettuce: Who Will Wilt First?

LONDON — As support withers for Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain, so does the ball of lettuce. Purchased at a Tesco grocery store for 60 pence (68 cents), the lettuce has become a caricature of the Conservative leader’s flailing hold on power, pitted against the prime minister by The Daily Star, a left-leaning British […]

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Liz Truss, Jeered in UK Parliament, Insists She Can Govern

LONDON — Under relentless pressure after the repudiation of her economic agenda, Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain rejected demands on Wednesday that she resign, declaring, “I am a fighter and not a quitter.” Speaking at a stormy session of prime minister’s questions in Parliament, Ms. Truss repeated her apology for announcing tax cuts that […]

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The Free Market Has Failed Britain

The world has just witnessed one of the most extraordinary political immolations of recent times. Animated by faith in a fantasy version of the free market, Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain set off a sequence of events that has forced her to fire her chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, and led her to […]

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Liz Truss’s New Economic Agenda Looks a Lot Like the Labour’s

Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, who lost to Mr. Truss in the party leadership contest last summer, became a symbol of that tax loophole because his wife, Akshata Murty, who is the daughter of an Indian technology billionaire, used so-called non-domicile status to avoid paying millions of pounds in taxes. Such is the scale of […]

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Britain’s Liz Truss Is Finished

Behind this monumental failure stalks Boris Johnson, the most important ghost in British politics. Ms. Truss, of course, was his preferred successor. His support was typically cynical: He backed Ms. Truss in the leadership contest knowing that once the parliamentary party had chosen the final two candidates — and they favored Rishi Sunak, whose resignation […]

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