Leadership, New Labour, and the Construction of the Centre

Andrew Hindmoor

in New Labour at the Centre

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199273140
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601897 | DOI:
 Leadership, New Labour, and the Construction of the Centre

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This chapter examines the frequent claim in newspapers that Blair is a ‘Presidential’ leader. It argues that in describing Blair as such, journalists were making a claim about the way New Labour and Blair govern. The ways the Conservatives sought to undermine the political threat posed by New Labour, the way Blair’s political and personal past were used to advance New Labour’s bid for office, and the way in which this image was fought over by the parties are discussed.

Keywords: Tony Blair; presidential prime minister; political parties

Chapter.  7154 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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