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Just 165 Tory MPs remained after Labour's 1997 election victory. In our special issue magazine, Charles Glass asked what next for a Tory party crushed by defeat?
In December 1993, a year before being elected Labour leader, Tony Blair was already attempting to reclaim a moral message for the party. This interview explored his formative influences and vision.
In March 1993, the then shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, wrote the following article for the New Statesman. His argument that "we should be tough on crime and tough on the underlying causes of crime," became an iconic slogan for New Labour.
Twenty years after the election of New Labour, for the left, it seems, things can only get worse.
Labour also needs a wider vision for work to understand that many people who work in the private sector also offer a public service.
Labour’s general election victory in 1997, and the euphoric mood that accompanied it, now seem like a very long time ago.
“I don’t believe the polls. The Tories are like ferrets in a sack, but they won’t give up the keys to Downing Street without a fight.” - Tony Blair on 21 March 1997, just weeks away from election day.
Be nice to people on the way up, as you’ll meet them on the way down.
“Weren’t you meant to see Blair this morning?” “Um, yeah. I didn’t really feel like it.”
The architect of the Third Way on the Blair-Brown years.