December 18, 2014

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Putin’s point –
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a message of defiance and ire towards the West at an annual news conference in Moscow in the face of the financial turmoil that has gripped the country. Mr. Putin put the blame on “external factors,” including Western sanctions and falling oil prices, for the collapse of the ruble.
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Closed lot –
Sony have cancelled tours of their Los Angeles studios after it was found pass codes were part of the hack recently discovered and blamed on North Korea.

Republican dig heels in on Cuba –
Republicans in Congress are trying to find a way to stop or at least slow President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The biggest obstacle to normal ties with Cuba is the 1996 embargo and with Republicans due to take control of both houses of Congress in January, the chances of changing this look unlikely.

Mandy Rice-Davies dies
Mandy Rice-Davies the woman who was at the centre of the so-called Profumo spy/sex scandal (along with her friend Christine Keeler) that threatened to topple Harold Macmillan’s government has died at the age of 70. Rice-Davies lived with Keeler, whose affair with war minister John Profumo prompted his resignation in 1963. She also claimed to have an affair with Lord Astor, but he denied it in court to which Rice-Davies famously replied “Well he would, wouldn’t he.”

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May 24, 2019



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Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of July

Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.

In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to do so.

Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest took place.

The party said it hoped a new leader could be in place by the end of July.

It means Mrs May will still be prime minister when US President Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK at the start of June.

Asked about the prime minister’s announcement, Mr Trump said: “I feel badly for Theresa. I like her very much. She’s a good woman. She worked very hard. She’s very strong.” [BBC]

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British Prime Ministers since WW2

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The Right Honourable
Neville Chamberlain
FRS
MP for Birmingham Edgbaston
(1869–1940)28 May
193710 May
1940—

ConservativeNational IV[84]Chamberlain War2 years and 349 days

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The Right Honourable
Winston Churchill
CHTDFRS
MP for Epping (1940–1945) →
Woodford[‡] (1945)(1874–1965)10 May
194026 July
1945—

ConservativeChurchill War[85]Churchill Caretaker
(Con.L.Nat.)5 years and 78 days

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The Right Honourable
Clement Attlee
CHFRS
MP for Limehouse (1945–1950) →
Walthamstow West[‡] (1950–1951)(1883–1967)26 July
194526 October
19511945

LabourAttlee I[86]1950Attlee II6 years and 93 days

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The Right Honourable
Sir Winston Churchill
KGOMCHTDDLFRSRA
MP for Woodford
(1874–1965)26 October
19515 April
19551951

ConservativeChurchill III[87]3 years and 162 daysElizabeth II

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(1952–present)

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The Right Honourable
Sir Anthony Eden
KGMC
MP for Warwick & Leamington
(1897–1977)6 April
19559 January
19571955

ConservativeEden[88]1 year and 279 days

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The Right Honourable
Harold Macmillan
FRS
MP for Bromley
(1894–1986)10 January
195718 October
1963—

ConservativeMacmillan I[89]1959Macmillan II6 years and 282 days

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The Right Honourable
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
KT
MP for Kinross & Western Perthshire[c]
(1903–1995)19 October
196316 October
1964—

Conservative
(Scot.U.)Douglas-Home[90]364 days

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The Right Honourable
Harold Wilson
OBEFRSFSS
MP for Huyton
(1916–1995)16 October
196419 June
19701964

LabourWilson I[91]1966Wilson II5 years and 247 days

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The Right Honourable
Edward Heath
MBE
MP for Bexley (1970–1974) →
Sidcup[‡] (1974)(1916–2005)19 June
19704 March
19741970

ConservativeHeath[92]3 years and 259 days

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The Right Honourable
Harold Wilson
OBEFRSFSS
MP for Huyton
(1916–1995)4 March
19745 April
1976Feb.1974

LabourWilson III[91]Oct.1974Wilson IV2 years and 33 days

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The Right Honourable
James Callaghan
MP for Cardiff South East
(1912–2005)5 April
19764 May
1979—

LabourCallaghan[93]3 years and 30 days

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The Right Honourable
Margaret Thatcher
FRSHonFRSC
MP for Finchley
(1925–2013)See also § Main articles:3

ConservativeThatcher I[94]4 May
197928 November
199019791983Thatcher II1987Thatcher III11 years and 209 days

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The Right Honourable
John Major
MP for Huntingdon
(born 1943)28 November
19902 May
1997—

ConservativeMajor I[95]1992Major II6 years and 156 days

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The Right Honourable
Tony Blair
MP for Sedgefield
(born 1953)See also § Main articles:4

LabourBlair I[96]2 May
199727 June
200719972001Blair II2005Blair III10 years and 57 days

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The Right Honourable
Gordon Brown
MP for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath
(born 1951)See also § Main articles:5

LabourBrown[97]27 June
200711 May
2010—2 years and 319 days

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The Right Honourable
David Cameron
MP for Witney
(born 1966)See also § Main articles:6

ConservativeCameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)[98]11 May
201013 July
201620102015Cameron II6 years and 64 days

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The Right Honourable
Theresa May
MP for Maidenhead
(born 1956)See also § Main articles:7

ConservativeMay I[99]13 July
2016Incumbent2017May II2 years and 316 days

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