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1997–2001: The First Labour Government Since 1979
1997–2001: The first labour government since 1979
Introduction

After 18 years of Conservative government 1997 saw the election of a Labour government with a large majority in Parliament who were committed to education. The new Prime Minister Tony Blair had responded when asked about his priorities for his new administration by replying ‘education, education, education’. Given the huge parliamentary majority of the Labour government almost any education reform was possible. Among education professionals there was widespread support for the new government and there was a genuine mood of optimism and of a new beginning after many years of Conservative government. This was the start of a new era ...

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