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Tade Ade- Turton Psc 225 Dr. Marianne Githens Essay “Labour Party Landslide victories in 97,01 and 05” 1997 was an important year in terms for politics in the UK. It signified the accession of the Labour party and their new leader Tony Blair. This party promised a change, that the country desperately craved. The conservative party for years had been the ruling majority was now becoming unpopular among the public and divided among its members. With the death of then Conservative party leader and prime minister of the United Kingdom the stage was set for Tony Blair and the Labour party to rise to power. Once they attained that power they would not relinquish it for over ten years. The conservative party would face infighting, division and resignations among it members that contributed to Labour dominance. The Liberal Democrat’s would move forward and play an important role in outcomes of future elections, but would not have enough power to stop Labour. Labour’s accession to the top of the British Political scene, would be the longest reign by the party. The Conservatives would endure one of their longest draught as leaders of U.K politics. The Labour party cruised to a landslide victory in 1997 with 415 members of parliament elected. The formerly in power Conservatives, were not as fortunate and had their worst election outing since 1906 with only 165 conservatives elected to be members of parliament. Labour’s landslide victory was a testament to their mastery of the media and public friendly policy and tactics. Labour ran on the platform of New Labour, which
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was meant to signify a change in the Labour party. To emphasize its commitment to change, Labour leader Tony Blair announced in 1994 that his party would change Clause IV of its party constitution. This change meant largely to be symbolical was debated over by many in Blair’s cabinet as possibly to radical. Despite concerns Tony Blair and his Labour party announced the end of Clause IV, which had said that Labour would support ownership of industries to the public. The change was a success and media and public opinion was positive. As a result Labour was seen as the party of the future. Also
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  • Spring '08
  • Dr.Githens
  • Conservative Party, Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Labour Party, John Major, United Kingdom general election, 2005

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