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Blears: Stick to winning formula
Ms Hazel Blears MP
In 1997 Labour was the party of success, of aspiration, of ambition, and we vacate that ground at our peril
Hazel Blears

Labour deputy leadership candidate Hazel Blears has told the Politics Show that Labour must stick to its winning formula. Ms Blears, the chair of the Labour party, formally threw her hat into the ring yesterday.

She told Jon Sopel: "I think it's really dangerous if we distance ourselves from what we've been doing in the last ten years.

"If you think about it, in America Al Gore tried to put a bit of distance between himself and Clinton, and what people did was they voted for George Bush. What I don't want us to do is to distance ourselves from all the really good things we've done over the last ten years."

She said Labour still had a lot to offer Britain: "I think a serious political party needs to come up with the policies that says to the vast majority of British people we can help you succeed, 'cos that was key as well.

"In 1997 Labour was the party of success, of aspiration, of ambition, and we vacate that ground at our peril." She said the party could only carry out its policies if it remained in government.

Ms Blears rejected criticism from some Labour MPs that she should stand down as Labour Chair, arguing that she was working flat out on the party's campaign for elections in May.

The Politics Show Sunday 04 March 2007 at 12.00pm on BBC One.

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