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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.


Tony Blair
Prime Minister
John Prescott
Deputy Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
Chancellor of the Exchequer
David Blunkett
Home Secretary
Jack Straw
Foreign Secretary
Charles Falconer
Constitutional affairs
Charles Clarke
Education Secretary
Ian McCartney
Minister without Portfolio
Peter Hain
Leader of the Commons
Hilary Armstrong
Chief Whip
Tessa Jowell
Culture Secretary
Alistair Darling
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
Baroness Amos
International Development Secretary
Andrew Smith
Work and Pensions Secretary
Margaret Beckett
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Lord Williams of Mostyn
Leader of the Lords
Patricia Hewitt
Trade Secretary
John Reid
Health Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Paul Murphy
Northern Ireland Secretary
Geoff Hoon
Defence Secretary
Paul Boateng
Treasury Chief Secretary
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