T ONY B LAIR. Labour Prime Minster (1997-2007). How Did He Become Prime Minster?. Elected as MP for his constituency in 1983 Blair’s career rapidly escalated after being elected as MP In 1985 Blair was promoted to opposition front bench as a spokesman on Treasury Affairs
Labour Prime Minster (1997-2007)
After Tony Blair was elected leader of the Labour party in 1994 he almost immediately launched a campaign for the modernization of Labour. Moreover, Blair’s colleagues showed support in creating ‘New Labour’.
One of his first acts as Prime Minister was to replace the then twice-weekly 15-minute sessions of Prime Minster’s Questions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a single 30-minute session on Wednesdays. In addition to PMQs, Blair held monthly press conferences at which he fielded questions from journalists and – from 2002 – broke precedent by agreeing to give evidence twice yearly before the most senior Commons select committee, The Liaison Committee. Blair was sometimes perceived as paying insufficient attention both to the views of his own Cabinet colleagues.
Tony Blair seemed to have a close relationship with Gordon Brown who were both seen as possible candidates for the role as party leader. A Blair-Brown pact was made and this supposedly had stated that they wouldn’t run against each other. As shown by opinion polls, Blair was much more highly favored by the public than Brown which could be because of his many leadership qualities. However, cracks began to show between their friendship and Blair had no choice but to keep him within the cabinet as he could have caused a lot more damage to the party outside of it.
Blair also seemed to have a rather unusual relationship with America’s President, George Bush. Blair formed a strong political alliance with him and was often referred to as “Bush's Poodle”. This close relationship also contributed to the damage of his reputation in Britain, as many British people didn’t like this. Blair often referred to America as being Britain’s friend and thought this bond was beneficial to both sides.