The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

London to host 2014 NATO summit

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said hosting next year's NATO summit would be an opportunity to gauge the future direction of the alliance.

Merkel: The dark side

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The adulation and euphoria surrounding Angela Merkel's re-election success is getting out of hand. The curse of the third term now lies in wait.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Why Cameron was right

Why Cameron was right

PARIS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron refuses to show personal humiliation and political castration after his defeat in Parliament regarding military action in Syria.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

MPs told to stop touching statues of former prime ministers

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Statues of former prime ministers in the British House of Commons need protection from members of Parliament who touch them for luck, leaders say.

Brexit or Grexit

BERGERAC, France, July 29 (UPI) -- For the past two years, Europe has been gripped by the prospect of Grexit, a forced withdrawal by an impoverished Greece from the euro currency. Maybe Europe was looking in the wrong direction. Brexit, a voluntary British withdrawal, now seems ever more likely.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
France's crisis looms

France's crisis looms

PARIS, June 24 (UPI) -- It is starting to look as though France might be the country to watch this fall as the next phase of the European crisis unfolds.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By United Press International

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.

House of Lords rejects effort to kill gay marriage

LONDON, June 5 (UPI) -- Britain's House of Lords Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have killed gay marriage legislation.
Brits who hate the White House

Brits who hate the White House

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.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Far-right protesters blame Islam for soldier's death

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 supporters of Britain's far-right English Defence League group gathered in London on Monday for a protest over the death of a British soldier.

Netanyahu's bed on plane causes uproar

JERUSALEM, May 12 (UPI) -- The cost to install a double bed chamber on a plane for Israel's prime minister during a recent flight to London has caused an uproar, Israel's Channel 10 said.

Former chancellor of exchequer: Time for Britain to leave EU

LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Nigel Lawson, who served as Margaret Thatcher's chancellor of the exchequer, said Monday it is time for Britain to give up on the European Union.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, May 3, 2013.
By United Press International
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Margaret Thatcher
Baroness Margaret Thatcher leaves the Cabinet War Rooms after the Royal opening of the William Churchill museum on the 40th anniversary of his death in London on February 10, 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) is a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who served from 1979 to 1990.

Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, Thatcher studied chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford before qualifying as a barrister. In the 1959 general election she became MP for Finchley. Edward Heath appointed Thatcher Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975 she was elected Leader of the Conservative Party, the first woman to head a major UK political party, and in 1979 she became the UK's first female Prime Minister.

After entering 10 Downing Street Thatcher was determined to reverse what she perceived as a precipitous national decline. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation, particularly of the financial sector, flexible labour markets, the sale or closure of state-owned companies, and the withdrawal of subsidies to others. Thatcher's popularity waned amid recession and high unemployment, until economic recovery and the 1982 Falklands War brought a resurgence of support resulting in her re-election in 1983.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Margaret Thatcher."
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