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Have activities, special seminar dates and even articles by experts on parenting When the parents leave the meeting they should knowyou and your ministry. Julie Isabel Bishop (born 17 July ) is an Australian politician who served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from to and deputy leader of the Liberal. All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner. Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.
In the Good Friday Agreement, most Northern Irish political parties, together with the UK and Irish Governments, agreed upon an "exclusively peaceful and democratic" framework for the governance of Northern Ireland and a new set of political institutions for the province. The Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood Blair's first term saw an extensive programme of changes to the constitution. The Human Rights Act was introduced in ; a Scottish Parliament and a Welsh Assembly were established following referenda held with a majority voting in favour; most hereditary peers were removed from the House of Lords in ; the Greater London Authority and the position of Mayor of London were established in ; and the Freedom of Information Act was passed later in the same year, with its provisions coming into effect over the following decade.
This last Act disappointed campaigners[ citation needed ], whose hopes had been raised by a White Paper which had promised more robust legislation. Significant change took place to legislation relating to rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people during Blair's period in office.
During his first term, the age of consent for homosexuals was equalised at sixteen years of age see Sexual Offences Amendment Act and the ban on homosexuals in the armed forces was lifted. Subsequently, ina Civil Partnership Act came into effect, allowing gay couples to form legally recognised partnerships with the same rights as a traditional heterosexual marriage.
At the end of Septembermore than 30, Britons had entered into Civil Partnerships as a result of this law. Transgender people were given the right to change their birth certificate to reflect their new gender as a result of the Gender Recognition Act Tony Blair's touch was less sure with regard to the Millennium Dome project.
The incoming government greatly expanded the size of the project and consequently increased expectations of what would be delivered. Just before its opening, Blair claimed the Dome would be "a triumph of confidence over cynicism, boldness over blandness, excellence over mediocrity".
He introduced substantial market-based reforms in the education and health sectors; introduced student tuition fees ; sought to reduce certain categories of welfare payments, and introduced tough anti-terrorism and identity card legislation.
Under Blair's government, the amount of new legislation increased  which attracted criticism. As a means of reducing energy costs and therefore the incidence of fuel povertya new programme of grants for cavity wall and loft insulation and for draught proofing was launched, with somehomes taking up the scheme.
Various adjustments were also made in social welfare benefits. According to one study, the Blair ministry's record on benefits, taken in the round, was "unprecedented," with 3. Frompublic spending increased by an average of 4.
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Betweenchild poverty was more than halved in absolute terms as a result of measures such as the extension of maternity pay, increases in child benefit, and by the growth in the numbers of people in employment. To reduce poverty traps for those making the transition from welfare to work, a minimum wage was established, together with a Working Tax Credit and a Child Tax Credit.
Together with various tax credit schemes to supplement low earnings, the Blair Government's policies significantly increased the earnings of the lowest income decile. During Blair's first term in office, "Early Excellence" centres opened, together with new nurseries, while Sure Start projects began. The Blair ministry also extended to three-year-olds the right to a free nursery place for half a day Monday to Friday.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act extended a legal right to walk to about 3, square miles of open countryside, mainly in the North of England. Public expenditure on education, health, and social security rose more rapidly under the Blair government than it did under previous Labour governments, the latter due to initiatives such as the introduction of the Working Families Tax Credit and increases in pensions and child benefits.
In addition, an Employee Relation Act was passed which introduced for the first time ever, the legal right of employees to trade union representation.
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Inthe Working Families Tax Credit was split into two benefits: Regional Development Agencies were set up in the 8 English regions outside London, and changes were made to the regulation of political parties and referendums, with the introduction of a new Electoral Commission and stricter spending rules. In addition, voting experiments resulted in an opening up of postal voting and reform of electoral registration, while the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords was abolished after years.
In addition, the Water Industries Act ended the right of water companies to disconnect supplies "as a sanction against non-payment. The Adoption and Children Act enabled unmarried couples to apply to adopt while speeding up adoption procedures, while the Private Hire Vehicles Carriage of Guide Dogs Act banned charges for guide dogs in minicabs. The International Development Act required spending to be used to reduce poverty and improve the welfare of the poor.
The Travel Concessions Eligibility Act equalised the age at which men and women become entitled to travel concessions. Under the Homelessness Actcouncils had to adopt homelessness strategies and do more for those homeless through no fault of their own, and the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act made it easier to convert long-term residential leasehold into freehold through "commonhold" tenures.
The British Overseas Territories Act extended full British citizenship toinhabitants of 14 British Overseas Territories, while the Office of Communications Act set up a new regulatory body known as the Office of Communications Ofcom.
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The Enterprise Act included measures to safeguard consumers, while also reforming bankruptcy and establishing a stronger Office of Fair Trading. The former government advisor Andrew Neather in the Evening Standard stated that the deliberate policy of ministers from late until early was to open up the UK to mass migration. Blair was criticised both by those on the left who opposed the war[ citation needed ] in principle and by some others who believed that the Serbs were fighting a legitimate war of self-defence.
One month into the war, on 22 AprilBlair made a speech in Chicago setting out his "Doctrine of the International Community". Another significant change in was the creation of the Department for International Developmentshifting global development policy away from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to an independent ministry with a Cabinet-level minister.
Second term — [ edit ] Blair welcoming President Bush to Chequers on 19 July In the general election campaign, Blair emphasised the theme of improving public servicesnotably the National Health Service and the State education system.
The Conservatives concentrated on opposing British membership of the Eurowhich did little to win over floating voters. The Labour Party retained its large parliamentary majority, and Blair became the first Labour Prime Minister to win a full second term.
However, the election was notable for a large fall in voter turnout. War in Afghanistan[ edit ] Main article: War in Afghanistan —present Following the 11 September attacks on New York City and Washington DC, Blair was very quick to align the UK with the United States, engaging in a round of shuttle diplomacy to help form and maintain an international coalition prior to the war against Afghanistan.
He maintains his diplomatic activity to this day, showing a willingness to visit countries that other world leaders might consider too dangerous to visit. Inhe became the first Briton since Winston Churchill to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress for being "a staunch and steadfast ally of the United States of America",  although media attention has been drawn to the fact that Blair has yet to attend the ceremony to receive his medal.
Bush 's invasion of Iraq in He soon became the face of international support for the war, often clashing with French President Jacques Chiracwho became the face of international opposition. Widely regarded as a more persuasive speaker than Bush, Blair gave many speeches arguing for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the days leading up to the invasion.
Blair's case for war was based on Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction and consequent violation of UN resolutions. He was wary of making direct appeals for regime changesince international law does not recognise this as a ground for war. A memorandum from a July meeting that was leaked in April showed that Blair believed that the British public would support regime change in the right political context; the document, however, stated that legal grounds for such action were weak.
On 24 Septemberthe UK Government published a dossier based on the intelligence agencies' assessments of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Among the items in the dossier was a recently received intelligence report that "the Iraqi military are able to deploy chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes of an order to do so". This document was discovered to have taken a large part of its text without attribution from a PhD thesis available on the internet.
Where the thesis hypothesised about possible WMDs, the Downing Street version presented the ideas as fact. The document subsequently became known as the " Dodgy Dossier ".
When after the war, no Weapons of Mass Destruction were found in Iraq, the two dossiers, together with Blair's other pre-war statements, became an issue of considerable controversy. Many Labour Party members, including a number who had supported the war, were among the critics. Successive independent inquiries including those by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commonsthe senior judge Lord Huttonand the former senior civil servant Lord Butler of Brockwell have found that Blair honestly stated what he believed to be true at the time, though Lord Butler's report did imply[ citation needed ] that the Government's presentation of the intelligence evidence had been subject to some degree of exaggeration.
These findings have not prevented frequent accusations that Blair was deliberately deceitful, and, during the election campaignConservative leader Michael Howard made political capital out of the issue.
Then Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annanstated in September that the invasion was "illegal", but did not state the legal basis for this assertion. British Armed Forces were active in southern Iraq to stabilise the country in the run-up to the Iraqi elections of January The subsequent deployment of the Black Watch was criticised by some in Britain on the grounds that its alleged ultimate purpose was to assist George Bush's re-election[ citation needed ] in the US presidential election.
After the presidential election, Blair tried to use his relationship with President Bush to persuade the US to devote efforts to resolving the Israeli—Palestinian conflict. In an interview with David Frost on Al Jazeera in NovemberBlair appeared to agree with Frost's assessment that the war had been "pretty much of a disaster", although a Downing Street spokesperson denied that this was an accurate reflection of Blair's view. Blair insisted the increased funding would have to be matched by internal reforms.
The government introduced the Foundation Hospitals scheme to allow NHS hospitals financial autonomy, although the eventual shape of the proposals, after an internal Labour Party struggle with Gordon Brownallowed for less freedom than Blair had wished.
The peace process in Northern Ireland hit a series of problems. Attempts to persuade the IRA to decommission its weapons were unsuccessful, and, in the second set of elections to the Assembly in Novemberthe staunchly unionist Democratic Unionist Party replaced the more moderate Ulster Unionist Party as Northern Ireland's largest unionist party, making a return to devolved government more difficult.
At the same time, the remaining student maintenance grant was replaced with a low-interest loan, which was to be repaid once the student was earning over a certain threshold. At the same time, the repayment of student loans was delayed until the graduate's income was much higher, and grants were reintroduced for some students from poorer backgrounds. It was claimed the increase in university fees violated a promise in Labour's general election manifesto, though this claim is arguably unsustainable if the relevant promise is interpreted strictly and literally.
At its second reading in the House of Commons in Januarythe Higher Education Bill which contained the changes was passed with a majority of only five votes, due to a large-scale backbench Labour rebellion. A defeat was averted by a last-minute change of intention by a small number of Gordon Brown's backbench allies.
The Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly reported on 2 August, ruled that he had committed suicide, and despite widespread expectations that the report would criticise Blair and his government, Hutton cleared the Government of deliberately inserting false intelligence into the September Dossierwhile criticising the BBC editorial process which had allowed unfounded allegations to be broadcast.
Evidence to the inquiry raised further questions over the use of intelligence in the run-up to the war, and the report did not satisfy opponents of Blair and of the war. After a similar decision by President Bush, Blair set up another inquiry—the Butler Review —into the accuracy and presentation of the intelligence relating to Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Opponents of the war, especially the Liberal Democratsrefused to participate in this inquiry, since it did not meet their demands for a full public inquiry into whether the war was justified[ citation needed ].
Later, Bernie accidentally injures Jack's back during a game of football. Meanwhile, Pam informs Greg that she's pregnant, and the two decide to keep it secret from Jack. Jack again becomes suspicious of Greg's character when they are introduced to the Fockers' housekeeper, Isabel Villalobos, with whom Bernie reveals Greg had a sexual affair fifteen years before.
Jack later takes the RV to Isabel's year-old son, Jorge, to fix the toilet, but is disturbed by Jorge's striking resemblance to Greg, and the fact that Jorge never met his father, and jumps to the conclusion that he might be Greg's son with Isabel. Growing envious of Bernie and Roz's active sex life, Dina consults Roz on sex tips in order to seduce Jack, but none of them works.
Greg and Jack's relationship is again put to the test when Greg is left alone to babysit Little Jack, whom Jack has been raising via the Ferber method. Despite Jack's strict instructions to leave Little Jack to self-soothe, Greg is unable to stand listening to Little Jack's cries and tends to the boy to cheer him up by hugging him, putting Elmo's World on TVand acting funny, but inadvertently teaches him the word "asshole.
After a furious argument with the Fockers and his own family though amends are quickly madeJack resumes his spying on Greg and sends Greg and Jorge's hair samples for a DNA test, while inviting Jorge to the Fockers' planned engagement party in the hope of getting Greg to admit he is Jorge's father.
At the engagement party, Jack, who automatically assumes that Greg knew about Jorge and has deliberately been keeping him a secret from Pam, introduces Greg to Jorge.
Later, when Greg denies knowing anything about Jorge, Jack still refuses to believe him and drugs him with truth serum to make him talk. On stage, Greg uncontrollably blurts out that Pam is pregnant and that Jorge is his son in a Darth Vader -esqe matter before immediately losing consciousness.
The next morning, Pam questions Greg about Jorge, and Greg does not confirm or deny that he is Jorge's father, but insists that he knew nothing about him before the previous evening. Pam believes him, and is willing to work things out with him. Jack reaches his breaking point with Greg's dishonesty and demands that Pam and Dina leave the island with him. Dina refuses and reveals Jack's actions to everyone.