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Where are they now? - Labour's 1997 cabinet
The Cabinet of 1997
Cabinet office
Labour's 1997 cabinet

In May 1997 Tony Blair formed the first Labour cabinet for nearly 20 years. Four years ago, two dozen or so ministers gathered together for the first cabinet photo, full of high hopes.

But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Re-shuffles, resignations, scandals and deaths have all taken their toll on Blair's original government team.

Nine of those present in this picture have already left office.

To see how they have all fared over the last four years click on their pictures.

1997 cabinet 
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