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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, soaked in rain,  pauses as he delivers a speech to announce July 4 as the date of the U.K.'s next general election, at 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Sunak gambles on July 4 election as Tories struggle in polls
The leading opposition party holds a poll lead of about 20 points that Sunak has been unable to shift since he took over from Liz Truss in late 2022.
U.K. prime minister Rishi Sunak speaks at a Conservative Party election campaign event in London on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Sunak blindsided his own chancellor with early U.K. election call
Some ministers backed the election decision, but disappointment was a common sentiment among Tory members of Parliament as the vote could cost scores of them seats.
People hold pictures of victims of the contaminated blood scandal, at a vigil to remember those that lost their lives, ahead of the release of the final report of the Infected Blood Inquiry, in London on Sunday.
WORLD / Science & Health
May 21, 2024
Probe into infected blood scandal slams U.K. state over ‘chilling’ cover-up
More than 30,000 people were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C in the U.K. in the 1970s and 1980s after receiving treatments with contaminated blood products.
The Russian Embassy in London. Britain's deportation of Russia's defense attache is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and other espionage activities, the U.K. Home Secretary said.
WORLD / Politics
May 9, 2024
U.K. expels Russian envoy in pushback against spying surge
The action is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and espionage activities across the U.K and Europe.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 16, 2023
Sunak puts Boris Johnson’s legacy to a vote in bid to end chaos
The House of Commons will vote Monday on whether to accept a parliamentary probe that found Johnson repeatedly misled politicians about the rule-breaking parties during the pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 23, 2023
U.K.’s Sunak survives day of drama as Boris Johnson grilled by MPs
The prime minister’s position at the head of the governing Conservative Party has been bolstered after months of speculation in Westminster that Johnson could return to power.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Nov 7, 2022
What to expect in the plan to fix Britain's fiscal hole
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's finance minister is trying to identify u00a350 billion ($56 billion) of spending cuts and tax increases.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 25, 2022
New U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warns of ‘profound economic challenge’
Sunak faces a formidable challenge to steady the U.K. economy in the face of headwinds including double-digit inflation, rising interest rates and a surge in mortgage costs.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 19, 2022
In office but not in charge: How is Truss still prime minister?
On the face of it, Liz Truss's days as U.K. prime minister look numbered and her demise imminent, but Tory MPs are utterly divided over who should take over.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 17, 2022
The pitfalls of Brexit are no longer taboo in U.K. politics
Brexit has caused six years of 'damage,” 'policy confusion” and 'ineptitude,” a columnist for the traditionally Brexit-backing Telegraph newspaper wrote this weekend.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 15, 2022
Truss’ desperate bid to save U.K. premiership lands her in more trouble
Boxed in, U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss was left with two cards to play: hitting reset on her economic plan, and firing her friend and finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 1, 2022
Can’t go forward, won’t go back: Truss’s government off to disastrous start
Less than a month in No. 10 Downing Street, Liz Truss and her team have already adopted an us-against-the-world mentality.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 7, 2022
Defiant Johnson refuses to quit amid resignations and firings
More than 40 ministers and aides followed the example set a day earlier by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid in quitting.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Apr 13, 2022
Johnson likely to survive party scandal as Tory lawmakers shrug off fine
Johnson's disregard for normal politics has been popular, helping him shrug off a slew of scandals throughout his career.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 10, 2022
U.K. police quiz Boris Johnson's staff as new 'party' photo emerges of PM with Champagne bottle
A police announcement that they would contact more than 50 people over gatherings at Downing Street is the latest setback for Johnson over what the media has dubbed 'partygate.'
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 6, 2022
Boris Johnson’s brave face can’t hide his fading grip on power
Key ministers suddenly appear less willing to give Boris Johnson their full backing.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 15, 2022
Boris Johnson brought to brink by the vengeful aide he crossed
Since being forced acrimoniously from his post as Johnson's most powerful adviser 14 months ago, Cummings has repeatedly resurfaced to throw dirt at his former boss.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 13, 2022
Boris Johnson buys time with apology but his party's rage simmers
Opposition politicians have repeatedly called on him to resign, but Tory benches were subdued, a sign that the PM's apology was just enough to stem the mutinous mood among his MPs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 23, 2021
How a year of Brexit thumped Britain’s economy and businesses
According to one poll, a majority of the British population would now vote to re-join the the EU, including one in ten who voted to leave in the 2016 referendum.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 28, 2021
Boris Johnson courts edgy MPs who may one day end his career
Johnson has been hosting weekly drinks and canapes for Tory MPs, divided into groups according to the years they entered Parliament, to try to soothe nerves.

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