22 years ago today it was all about things can only get better as Britain elected a Labour Government with a clear deliverable Manifesto which only promised what it could deliver and delivered what it promised. Labour promised things would get better and they did.
There was a Labour Landslide. On a swing of 8.8%, Labour win 418 seats giving Blair a majority of 179. In their worst election defeat since 1906 the Tories retain just 165 MPs, with their smallest share of the vote since 1832. Tony Blair becomes the youngest PM of the century and the most successful Labour PM ever winning three General Elections and allowing Labour to deliver 13 years of progressive change.
22 years ago today @UKLabour won a landslide which led to enormous change for the better. Today – neck and neck with worst PM and most divided cabinet in living memory, failing to lead on biggest issue facing the country, racked by anti-semitism. Things can only get better?
— Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) May 1, 2019
Following the defeat, the Conservatives began their longest continuous spell in opposition in the history of the present day (post–Tamworth Manifesto) Conservative Party, and indeed the longest such spell for any incarnation of the Tories/Conservatives since the 1760s, lasting 13 years including the whole of the 2000s. Throughout this period, their representation in the Commons remained consistently below 200 MPs.
22 years ago today, Labour won a 179 seat majority. Tony Blair is the only living Labour leader to have won a general election and the only Labour leader to win a general election since 1974. He won three. pic.twitter.com/ECCFxLPb8k
— Matt Forde (@mattforde) May 1, 2019
During his first term as Prime Minister, his government oversaw a large increase in public spending and introduced the National Minimum Wage Act, Human Rights Act, and Freedom of Information Act. His government also held referenda in which the Scottish and Welsh electorates voted in favour of devolved administration. In Northern Ireland, Blair was involved in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement.
#OTD 1997. On the campaign trail for #Election97, Tony Blair is heckled by members of the SWP. Blair asks them whether they wanted to be a party of protest or part of a government that could actually do something. pic.twitter.com/hJ6D9y2xx6
— Tides Of History (@labour_history) April 28, 2018
With victories in 1997, 2001, and 2005, Tony Blair was the Labour Party’s longest-serving Prime Minister, and the first and only person to date to lead the party to three consecutive general election victories. Today, he still remains the last Labour Leader to have won a General Election.
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