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1997–2010: Blair and Beyond
1997–2010: Blair and beyond

After 18 years of Conservative government the electorate were ready for a change and a new beginning. The voters had become disillusioned with the Major government and 1997 saw the election of the first Labour government since 1979 with a landslide victory. The theme song of Labour's election campaign was ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, which was an apt summary of the mood of the country at the time of the election. The Labour Party won the 1997 general election with 419 seats and a majority in the House of Commons of 179 seats. This was 33 more than the majority enjoyed by Atlee's 1945 election landslide and it was based on a record 10 per cent swing ...

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