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Breakfast Tuesday, 1 April, 2003, 06:31 GMT 07:31 UK
War puts prime minister under pressure
protestors in London on March 22
Blair's war stance is unpopular with the left
When he commited troops to Iraq, Tony Blair took the gamble of his career.

Now that war has started, the polls indicate a majority of Britons are behind the campaign.

  • On the Breakfast debate this morning, we spoke to the former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, Michael Jacobs from The Fabian Society and political analyst Julia Hartley-Brewer

    The panel argued that the prime minister has "counfounded his critics" by ignoring focus groups and doing what he thinks is right.

    Michael Jacobs of the Fabian Society said that most Labour MPs backed Blair but warned that now that MPs has a taste for defying their leader, they would do so more readily in another situation :

    He's got a lot of repair work to do in his party, with the public and in the European Union

    Neil Kinnock was very supportive of the Prime Minister's position in Europe.

    He acknowledged that there was tension within the European Union - but said that the European Union would come together in focussing on the re-building of Iraq.


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