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Do Labour members miss Blair?
Was Tony Blair missed at Labour's annual conference in Bournemouth? Party members and delegates give their views:

LLOYD MCLEISH, 39, BANKER, BRENT CENTRAL

Lloyd McLeish

Tony Blair's legacy is already written in stone. Yes, we miss him, the prime minister has mentioned him and people have praised him.

We look back at the Blair years with happiness and joy, but you don't get prizes for what you won yesterday. Let's look to the future.

HELEN HOLLAND, 54, LEADER OF BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL

Helen Holland

I think the party has moved on rather than written Tony Blair out of history. Over the last three months there has been far more of a step change than any of us could have imagined.

Tony Blair was very good at big occasions and the debt the Labour Party has in terms of three election victories is huge. But I think we are in a new era now and people in the party and the country are happy with that.

PARAMJEET UPPAL, 45, CONSULTANT, SHIPLEY

Paramjeet Uppal

Tony Blair was very personable. People liked him but I think with Gordon Brown, people connect with him emotionally. He just comes across as more caring.

His speech was just very solid and full of substance. I don't think people have really thought that much about Blair. I think internationally he will do some very good things. He will always be noted down in history for his leadership, but we're moving on.

DENNIS DOODY, 52, UCATT MEMBER, WAKEFIELD

Dennis Doody

I think Tony Blair is seen as a liability over the mistakes he has made on Iraq. He looms like a big black cloud and I'm glad to see the back of him. My only regret is he was ever leader in the first place.

I'm not enthused by Brown either. I would have liked to have seen one of the left contenders, John McDonnell or John Cruddas, becoming leader.

My biggest disappointment is that delegates have voted to reduce their influence. Conference now is a place to come and listen.

ALAN RITCHIE, 56, GENERAL SECRETARY, UCATT

Alan Ritchie

I think Tony Blair was excellent. His achievements in Northern Ireland, for instance, are not forgotten. He played a major role in the Labour Party and he got us elected. But now we're in a new era and Gordon Brown is taking us to the next level.

Gordon's speech was absolutely excellent - it touched all the right buttons. Tackling MRSA bugs in hospitals - that's a core issue for the Labour Party.

FRANCES THACKWAY, CARER, SWANAGE, DORSET

Frances Thackway

The party thought it was going to miss Blair, but we feel Gordon is a safe pair of hands. Like armies, you have your front man and behind are the generals. Tony Blair was a real front man.

But people like the strength in their new man, Gordon Brown. When something moves on, it moves on and that's the way it should be.




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