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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
Baby, you're first

By Mark Simpson
BBC News, Weymouth

POSTED: Tuesday 5 April, 1415BST

The first baby of the campaign to meet the vote-hungry Labour leader Tony Blair was little Jack Rolfe from Somerset. Remarkably, the 14-month-old boy managed to avoid the traditional politician's kiss. The encounter came as Mr Blair began his round-Britain marathon at a sailing club in Portland, in the South Dorset constituency.

Surprise, surprise - it just happens to be the most vulnerable Labour seat in the UK. No wonder the outgoing MPJim Knight - majority 153 - almost broke Blair's arm with an arrival handshake.

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Volatile electors, the prospect of a collapse in turnout and differential swings from one seat to another - nothing should be taken for granted in 2005!
Geoff, Eton





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