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The Cabinet
 

Intro
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Home Secretary
Home Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Education Secretary
Education Secretary
Minister without Portfolio
Minister without Portfolio
Leader of the Commons
Leader of the Commons
Chief Whip
Chief Whip
Culture Secretary
Culture Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
International Development Secretary
International Development Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Leader of the Lords
Leader of the Lords
Trade Secretary
Trade Secretary
Health Secretary
Health Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
 
TONY BLAIR
Prime Minister

Tony Blair is undoubtedly the most successful Labour prime minister since Harold Wilson. Some would argue that he is the most successful ever, having won his party two consecutive full terms of office.

He is not from the traditional wing of the Labour Party, or even from a traditional Labour background - a fact that has been enthusiastically used as part of his strategy to widen the appeal of the party he rebranded "New Labour" to reach those voters who would not usually support it.

On his election as an MP in 1983 Mr Blair quickly rose through the parliamentary ranks. But it was as shadow home secretary in the early 1990s that he really made his name, venturing onto traditional Conservative territory with his pledge to be "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime". He soon became one of the Labour politicians most widely talked of as the next Labour leader.

The opportunity came earlier than expected when he was propelled into the leadership following the untimely death of John Smith in 1994. It was also at this point that his relationship with his one-time mentor Gordon Brown fractured, over who would stand back in favour of whom in the leadership contest.

 

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