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Maggie's legacy: Divisive Thatcher looms over UK Tory race

Jul. 31, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two people are running to be Britain’s next prime minister, but a third presence looms over the contest: Margaret Thatcher. The late former prime minister dominated Britain in the 1980s, and has left a large and contested legacy. Critics see her as an intransigent...

Economy eclipses other issues in UK Conservative contest

Jul. 29, 2022 04:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s next prime minister will take office amid turmoil: galloping inflation, a war in Ukraine, souring relations with China, a changing climate. But not all those issues are getting equal attention as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Treasury chief Rishi...

2 UK leadership contenders spar over tax in TV debate

Jul. 25, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two candidates vying to be Britain’s next prime minister sparred Monday over how to help families struggling with the soaring cost of living, meeting in a testy televised debate that highlighted the contrasting economic visions of the Conservative Party rivals. ...

Liz Truss, a Margaret Thatcher fan at UK's diplomatic helm

Jul. 20, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Fans of Liz Truss think she is the new Iron Lady. Britain’s foreign secretary is one of the two final contenders to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister. Some 180,000 party members will be asked to choose either Truss or former...

Candidates for UK leader seek to woo right wing before vote

Jul. 17, 2022 07:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The candidates to become the next British prime minister burnished their right-wing credentials Sunday, as they looked to remain in the race to succeed Boris Johnson. Many of the five remaining hopefuls highlighted issues linked to Brexit and immigration as they...

UK leader candidate decries 'mudslinging' as race gets nasty

Jul. 15, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A top contender to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused opponents of “mudslinging” as the Conservative Party leadership contest ended a bruising first week on Friday with five candidates remaining Penny Mordaunt, a junior government minister and...

Another contender ousted from race to replace UK PM Johnson

Jul. 14, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Conservative Party lawmakers in Britain on Thursday knocked one of the six remaining contenders out of the contest to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as front-runner Rishi Sunak worked to stave off momentum from surprise challenger Penny Mordaunt. Attorney...

UK Conservative hopefuls strikingly diverse, firmly on right

Jul. 13, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Like most of his predecessors as Conservative Party leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is wealthy, white and male. There’s a good chance his successor will be different. The eight candidates running in a party election to succeed Johnson are four men and four...

Now there are 8: UK leader field slims as nominations close

Jul. 12, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nominations in the race to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson closed on Tuesday, with eight Conservative lawmakers securing enough support from their colleagues to make the first ballot. Former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, whose resignation last week helped bring Johnson...

The contenders vying to succeed Johnson as next UK leader

Jul. 12, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Eight politicians are vying to replace Boris Johnson as the next Conservative Party leader and British prime minister. These are the contenders who have secured support from at least 20 Conservative lawmakers to progress to Wednesday's run-off votes: ...