Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Historic Triumph for Blair

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Historic Triumph for Blair

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Sedgefield returned Tony Blair to Westminster for his historic third term as Labour leader.

On his 52nd birthday, Mr Blair took almost 59pc of the votes cast in the constituency - slightly down on his 2001 share.

It was the sixth time Sedgefield had elected Mr Blair as its MP.

Conservative Al Lockwood came in second place with around 6pc lower share of the vote than the Tories achieved in 2001.

Liberal Democrat Robert Browne saw his party's share of the vote increase slightly as he took third place.

Reg Keys was the only one of the other candidates to make a real showing in the contest.

Standing on an anti-war ticket, he came fourth in the poll with more than 10pc of the vote.

Mr Blair attended the count with his wife Cherie and their three children.

He promised to do his best for his constituents during the next Parliament.

He said: "We have to make sure that we focus on the things that matter to people, the things they have talked about to me during the course of this campaign - jobs and living standards, the NHS, schools and law and order. …

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