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New Labour at the CentreConstructing Political Space$
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Andrew Hindmoor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273146.001.0001

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Leadership, New Labour, and the Construction of the Centre

Leadership, New Labour, and the Construction of the Centre

(p.187) 10 Leadership, New Labour, and the Construction of the Centre
New Labour at the Centre

Andrew Hindmoor

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the frequent claim in newspapers that Blair is a ‘Presidential’ leader. It argues that in describing Blair as such, journalists were making a claim about the way New Labour and Blair govern. The ways the Conservatives sought to undermine the political threat posed by New Labour, the way Blair’s political and personal past were used to advance New Labour’s bid for office, and the way in which this image was fought over by the parties are discussed.

Keywords:   Tony Blair, presidential prime minister, political parties

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