Four-country poll finds British voters more hostile to EU

LONDON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- British voters are less likely to support their country's continued membership in the European Union than those in France, Germany and Poland, a poll indicates.

British government defends security services after soldier's death

LONDON, May 24 (UPI) -- Questions were being raised about Britain's handling of intelligence information related to two men accused in the brutal hacking death of a soldier in London.

U.K. under pressure to stay in EU

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Britain is under increasing direct and indirect pressure to stay within the European Union.

Atlantic Eye: Of kings and kingmakers

BLOIS, France, May 12 (UPI) -- Lord Holme of Cheltenham was the former chairman of the British Liberal Party -- a classic European free-market oriented, centrist party. He was chair of the English College Foundation in Prague, where we became friends. To his enemies, he spent 30 years as the phantom behind the scenes, the kingmaker. A member of Global Panel America's Advisory Board, he lost his fight to brain cancer last week.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: U.S. elections

TORONTO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- No U.S. presidential primary in recent memory has been watched overseas more closely than the 2008 contest. It has also brought out large numbers of previously unregistered U.S. citizens who live outside the United States to vote. Here are comments from some ranking individuals.
MARC S ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Tory plan aims at Scottish power

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Britain's Conservative Party advanced a plan aimed at ending Scotland's favorable constitutional and financial position within the United Kingdom.

Britain to pull out troops from Bosnia

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- Britain is withdrawing its troops from Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 years after it sent a regiment to escort humanitarian aid during the ethnic wars in the Balkans.

France tried to blame U.K. for bombing

LONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Newly declassified British documents show France tried to blame British intelligence for sinking the Greenpeace agency's ship in New Zealand 20 years ago.

New Tory leader expected by Christmas

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- British Conservative Leader Michael Howard is to step down after the party's October conference, paving the way for a new leader by Christmas.

Portrait of Sir Malcolm Rifkind by Anne Mackintosh

Sir Malcolm Leslie Rifkind KCMG QC (born 21 June 1946) is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kensington and Chelsea. He served in various roles as a Cabinet Minister under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, before becoming Foreign Secretary in 1995 in Major's Cabinet. Rifkind remained in that post until the 1997 general election, when his party lost power, and he lost his Edinburgh Pentlands seat. He attempted - unsuccessfully - to be re-elected in Pentlands in 2001; the constituency was abolished before the 2005 general election and he was adopted, and subsequently elected, as the Conservative candidate for Kensington and Chelsea. He announced his intention to seek the leadership of the party before the 2005 Conservative Party leadership election, but withdrew before balloting commenced.

Malcolm Rifkind was born in Edinburgh of Jewish descent, and was educated at George Watson's College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree in political science (his thesis was on land apportionment in Southern Rhodesia). While at University he took part in an overland expedition to the Middle East and India. He also appeared on University Challenge. He worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University College of Rhodesia in Salisbury (now Harare) from 1967-68. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970 and practised full time as an Advocate until 1974. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985 and a member of the Privy Council in 1986. From 1970 to 1974 he was a member of Edinburgh Town Council. He is married to Edith and is the father of Caroline Rifkind and The Times columnist Hugo Rifkind. He is also related to his former Conservative Government colleague Leon Brittan

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