Rail workers call for strikes after Easter

Rail workers call for strikes after Easter

LONDON, March 26 (UPI) -- British railway workers, angered over job losses and changes in work practices, called a strike for April 6, threatening to disrupt Easter vacation travel.

Britain running low on salt for roads

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's snowy winter has reduced road salt stocks to dangerously low levels, prompting crews to stop de-icing some highway shoulders, officials say.

Britain planning new high-speed rail link

LONDON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- British transportation officials say they are proposing a new high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands.

Official says phase out domestic flights

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- British Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said Britain should phase out domestic air travel and concentrate its resources on high-speed rail services.

Britain to nationalize busy rail line

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- British Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said the government will nationalize the Edinburgh to London rail line, the country's busiest intercity route.

Britain fast-tracking Heathrow runway plan

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Runway expansion plans for London's Heathrow Airport could be completed five years earlier than expected thanks to the British government, an official says.

Britain plans to register gifted students

LONDON, July 11 (UPI) -- The British government has launched an effort to identify academically gifted students.

British schools to assist pregnant girls

LONDON, March 24 (UPI) -- New guidelines allow British schools to help pupils get the morning-after pill, pregnancy tests and abortions without parents' knowledge.

British tests are called into question

LONDON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A British education minister says an increased number of top grades on university entrance exam tests is not due to easier tests.

U.K. parties in post-election shake up

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair came under fire Tuesday for appointing an unelected policy adviser as a minister in his post-election reshuffle.

Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis (born Andreas Adonis, 22 February 1963) is a British Labour Party politician, who was Secretary of State for Transport between 2009-2010. He was first appointed to the government following the 2005 general election, as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He previously served as an education and constitution policy advisor on the Number 10 Policy Unit from 1998 to 2005, heading it from 2001 to 2003. Before joining the government, Adonis was an academic at the University of Oxford, then a journalist at the Financial Times and The Observer.

Adonis is the son of an immigrant Greek Cypriot father Nicos, a commis waiter, and an English mother. His mother left the family when he was three and has had no communication with him since. Shortly thereafter, he was placed in care and lived in a council children's home until the age of 11, when Adonis was awarded a local education authority grant to attend Kingham Hill School.

After Kingham Hill, Adonis went to nearby Keble College, Oxford, graduating with a first class BA in modern history. At Christ Church he subsequently completed a D.Phil on the British aristocracy of the late 19th century before being appointed to a fellowship at Nuffield College. From 1991 to 1996 he was a public policy correspondent, industry correspondent and public policy editor at the Financial Times. In 1996, he moved to The Observer to work as a political columnist and editor.

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