Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It: "Labour Must Keep Tony Blair"

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It: "Labour Must Keep Tony Blair"

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I watched the Prime Minister's speech on television, ensconced in a Brighton pub with hunt protesters. Scattered around the bar were unread copies of the Daily Telegraph conference special, which told us what Labour needed to do in order to win the next election. The best and brightest columnists were more or less unanimous that new Labour needed to keep Tony Blair on as leader. When top Tories make it clear that they want the PM to stay, you have to think that Labour might be better off without him.

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Certainly, Blair's speech didn't make activists think they couldn't do without him. Indeed, he got the longest applause for his thanks to Gordon Brown. And, for the first time in years, it was Brown, not Blair, who won the big speech battle.

Apart from half apologising for the Iraq war, Blair announced the ten main points for Labour's manifesto. …

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