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Former P.M. John Major: State schools failing poor children

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister John Major, in a speech to Conservatives in Norfolk, said bad state schools are keeping poor children from moving ahead.

Former P.M. John Major: Tax energy company windfall profits

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister John Major said Tuesday U.K. energy companies are enjoying windfall profits while the poor face a choice between food and fuel.

Poll: British public confidence in Conservatives on economy jumps

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Public confidence in the Conservative Party's handling of the British economy has jumped sharply since June, a poll released Monday indicated.

Spanish town to name street after former British prime minister

CANDELEDA, Spain, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A street in Candeleda, Spain, will be named after former British Conservative Prime Minister John Major, officials said.

Suffragette remembered 100 years after she threw herself under horse

LONDON, June 5 (UPI) -- A member of the U.K. Parliament wants a statue to honor Emily Davison, a suffragette who died after throwing herself in front of one of the king's racehorses.
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LONDON, June 3 (UPI) -- The image is deliberately provocative and arresting. It depicts the White House with the gaps between its pillars draped in swastika flags while a battalion of German troops in coal-shuttle helmets marches past.
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British House of Commons deputy speaker arrested on suspicion of rape

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- The deputy speaker of the British House of Commons was arrested Saturday on suspicion of raping two men, Conservative officials.
'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher dead at 87

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LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Margaret Thatcher, the conservative British prime minister known as the "Iron Lady," died Monday following a stroke, her spokesman said. She was 87.
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Thatcher remembered as great leader

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Tributes to Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, who died Monday, honored her as a great leader and Britain's savior.
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John Major
Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major acknowledges the applause after speaking at commencement ceremonies at Washington University in St. Louis on May 19, 2006. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Sir John Major, KG, CH, ACIB (born 29 March 1943) is a British Conservative politician, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990–1997. He held the posts of Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the cabinet of Margaret Thatcher and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Huntingdon 1979–2001.

Despite Thatcher's "notorious" assertion that "she expected to continue in control as a backseat driver," Major's mild and consensual style was seen as complete contrast to Thatcher's forceful and confrontational manner. Early in his term, he presided over British participation in the First Gulf War (March 1991) and negotiated "Game, Set and Match for Britain" at the Maastricht Treaty (December 1991). Despite the British economy then being in recession he led the Conservatives to a fourth consecutive election victory, winning the most votes in British electoral history in the 1992 general election, albeit with a much reduced majority in the House of Commons.

Major's premiership saw the world go through a period of political and military transition after the end of the Cold War. This included the growing importance of the European Union, an issue which was already a source of friction within the Conservative Party owing to its importance in the decline and fall of Margaret Thatcher. Major and his government were responsible for the United Kingdom's exit from the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) after Black Wednesday on 16 September 1992, after which the Conservatives never gained a lead in the opinion polls.

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