30/03/2010

Blair Backs Labour Campaign

Tony Blair has today officially backed the campaign for a forth Labour term in Government.

The former prime minister addressed party delegates at his former constituency in Sedgefield just ahead of the forthcoming general election being officially called.

Many predict Gordon Brown will request the Queen dissolves Parliament next week to make way for a 6th May polling day.

His predecessor, Mr Blair, this morning paid tribute to the robust leadership shown during the recession and current economic recovery.

Mr Blair conceded the road ahead was still problematic, but that "the storm has subsided".

"At the moment of peril the world acted. Britain acted. The decision to act, required experience, judgement and boldness. It required leadership. Gordon Brown supplied it," he said.

"Since then, Gordon and [Chancellor] Alistair Darling have been striving to keep the country moving, capable of meeting not just future challenges, but seizing future opportunities."

Mr Blair praised the actions highlighted in last week's Budget and said scheme such as Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's 'New Industries, New Jobs' provide a "platform for the hope of prosperity".

He attacked the Tories' decision to align themselves with a far right group in Europe. A move which Mr Blair said could be seen as "forfeiting goodwill" between the UK and nations such as France and Germany, should David Cameron occupy 10 Downing Street.

Mr Blair said of Tory policy: "Everywhere you look, where you want certainty, you get confusion."

He continued "This country faces big challenges in the futures. I want this party (Labour) to be the one able to meet those challenges."

"This country needs strong leadership. I want our leadership to be the one that gives it. There is still vast potential and promise in our nation. I want our government to be the one that develops it," said the former PM, adding: "I believe a fourth term Labour Government can deliver it."

(PR/BMcC)

Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 February 2010
Osborne's 'Solid' Economy Plans
Government plans to halve the budget deficit within four year are not "credible", Tory Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said today. Mr Osborne said a Conservative government would rebuild the UK economy on "more solid" foundations. Savings, exports and greater enterprise should form the basis of an economic recovery, he told senior backbench MPs.
27 September 2006
Clinton praises Blair's government as a "stunning success"
Former US President Bill Clinton has praised Tony Blair's Labour government as a "stunning success" during his speech at the party's conference in Manchester. Mr Clinton heaped praise upon the Prime Minister during his speech.
17 May 2007
Brown 'humbled' by Labour support
Chancellor Gordon Brown has said that he was "truly humbled" by the support he received from the Labour party, after he secured enough nominations to become party leader without a leadership contest.
13 May 2003
Short calls on Blair to stand down
The former International Development secretary Clare Short has called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to stand down as she launched another broadside against Number 10.
20 October 2005
Fox out in Tory MP vote
Dr Liam Fox has become the second candidate to be eliminated in the Conservative leadership contest, leaving David Cameron and David Davis as the final two contenders. As widely predicted, Mr Cameron topped the poll with 90 votes from his fellow MPs. Mr Davis secured 57 votes and Dr Fox got 51.