Obama makes case for 'essential' Western leadership
May 25th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama makes case for 'essential' Western leadership

London (CNN) – American and British leadership of the world remains "essential to the cause of human dignity," President Barack Obama said Wednesday, making a sweeping case for values including freedom and the free market in a speech to a joint session of the British Parliament.

"We must act, and lead, with confidence in our ideals, and an abiding faith in the character of our people," Obama said, even while adding they will "proceed with humility, and the knowledge that we cannot dictate outcomes abroad."

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Filed under: Gordon Brown • President Obama
May 11th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
4 years ago

David Cameron named British prime minister

LONDON, England (CNN) - Queen Elizabeth II named Conservative leader David Cameron prime minister Tuesday night, shortly after Gordon Brown resigned, British media reported.

Cameron becomes the country's first Conservative prime minister since the Labour Party, under Tony Blair, defeated John Major in 1997.

It is still not clear if Cameron will lead a minority government or a coalition with the smaller Liberal Democrats. No party won a majority in elections last week.


Filed under: David Cameron • Gordon Brown
May 11th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
4 years ago

U.K.'s Brown to resign, recommend Cameron for Prime Minister

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 Clouds gather over Westminster in London on Tuesday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


LONDON, England (CNN) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told Queen Elizabeth he intends to resign and will recommend that David Cameron be tapped as his replacement, he announced Tuesday.

A day after he said he would step down as leader of his party by the fall, he sped up the timetable, announcing he is quitting his party post immediately.

His party came in second, behind the Conservatives, in parliamentary elections last week, but no party won an absolute majority.

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Filed under: Gordon Brown
May 7th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
4 years ago

UK's Brown seeks alliance to stay in power

Reporters mob Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg after no party won an outright majority in Thursday's UK election.
Reporters mob Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg after no party won an outright majority in Thursday's UK election.

London, England (CNN) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Friday he was willing to forge an alliance with the minority Liberal Democrat party to stay in office after his Labour party won fewer seats than rival Conservatives in a fiercely fought general election.

With no party securing an outright majority in the vote, both the Labour and the center-right Conservatives of David Cameron are looking to centrist Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to help them form a working government.

Cameron offered to explore common policy ground with the Liberal Democrats, including their key demand of election reform, saying a unity of the two parties was the "basis for a strong government."

Brown said Friday he would be willing to negotiate with any party leader, but said the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were "entitled to take as much time as they feel necessary" to forge a coalition.

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Filed under: Gordon Brown • UK Election