Magazine article The Spectator

Your Nominations Spectator/threadneedle Parliamentarian Awards

Magazine article The Spectator

Your Nominations Spectator/threadneedle Parliamentarian Awards

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New Labour lives on - at least in our search for the greatest parliamentarian of the past 25 years.

After the flood of nominations for Margaret Thatcher last week, the support for one Anthony Charles Lynton Blair has surged skywards. 'No one will ever forget his impact upon British politics, ' writes Jane Holden.

'He mattered in a way that most politicians don't.' Adrian Hope simply observes, 'Without Brown, Blair might have been our greatest prime minister.'

The Blairites have crept into our postbag, too. 'Alan Milburn really understood the nuts and bolts of the health service, ' claims Charles Thomson, 'and he wanted to put them together in a better way.' Henry Goodall has praise for John Hutton:

'He won the respect of the armed forces in his short time as defence secretary.' And there is even room for the defeated brother, David Miliband.

'His loss, ' writes Sally Millar, 'was Labour's loss.'

Then there's the man who called himself the heir to Blair: David Cameron. …

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