Blair is back…

TONY Blair is giving his victory speech. His Sedgefield majority was up, and
he’ll be up celebrating tonight. After his breakfast with former BBC NI political correspondent and election blogger Mark Simpson this morning, I’m sure he’ll be able to keep going. It’s been a long day.

The BBC reported:

Speaking as he was returned on an increased majority in Sedgefield, Mr Blair said it was clear that “the British people wanted to return a Labour government but with a reduced majority”.

He said Labour had to “focus on the things that matter” such as the NHS, jobs and law and order.

He added: “I know too that Iraq has been a divisive issue in this country but I hope now that we can unite again and look to the future – there and here.”

  • Young Fogey

    Galloway wins by 1,700 in Bethnal Green.

  • Napper

    How in the world is this going to impact on the plight of the Irish Catholic population in the six counties?

    Tony Blair’s reelection was a foregone conclusion. No surprise there. But the folks in the north need to know what he plans to do in order to move the present situation off status quo.

    Personally, I don’t believe he has the courage to scrap the present police force and begin a new one from scratch which is the main need in that beleaguered province.

  • Young Fogey

    How in the world is this going to impact on the plight of the Irish Catholic population in the six counties?

    What plight?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Napper, you’re behind the times. The largest nationalist party in NI does not want the scrapping of the police force, merely what they call the full implementation of Patten.

  • Davros

    the plight of the Irish Catholic population in the six counties

    Looks like it’s going to be 800 years plus 4 😉

  • Dessertspoon

    “the plight of the Irish Catholic population in the six counties”

    What we need to hear from Tony is what can he do to extricate us ALL, not just Irish Catholics, from this interminable process. We’re all suffering and the longer it continues the worse it will get. Momentum will only take you on so far evetually you stop and start to roll backwards!

  • heck

    To all of you who keep questioning how people can vote for a party that supports violence and murder why don’t you ask your english neighbors. They have just put a bunch of lying war criminals back into government.

    How long will it be before the lying war criminal Blair is in Northern Ireland condeming violence (only from the natives of course.)

  • Davros

    How long will it be before the lying war criminal Blair

    Blair worked well with Adams and McGuinness.

  • Young Fogey

    Ach, well, when you’ve got the lowest mortgage rates for 50 years, who cares about a few thousand dead kids. Especially when they’re Arabs.

  • Young Fogey

    Labour have been very lucky – they hold 17 seats with majorities of less than 1,000 (non-exhaustive – I may have missed a few!) plus Harlow – see below.

    It will be a year or so before the exact impact of the boundary review will be known, but while it looks like it will again be virtually impossible for the Tories to win the next election, a pretty small swing will cost Labour their majority, there are many, many more seats with Labour majorities of under 2,500 and the LibDems have set themselves up well for a sustained period of Labour unpopularity in many more seats than they actually gained. Interesting times in GB politics seem to be back at long last.

    Stroud 350 (Con)
    Ochil & S Perthshire 688 (SNP)
    Selby 467 (Con)
    Thanet South 664 (Con)
    Gillingham 254 (Con)
    Dartford 706 (Con)
    Hove 429 (Con)
    Finchley 741 (Con)
    Stroud 350 (Con)
    Sittingbourne & Sheppey 79 (Con)
    High Peak 735 (Con)
    Stourbridge 407 (Con)
    Medway 213 (Con)
    Edinburgh South 400 (LD)
    Islington South 484 (LD)
    Crawley 37 (Con)
    Oxford East 963 (LD)

    In Harlow Foreign Office Minister Bill Ramell is said to be 49 votes ahead of the Tories pending a recount, with 550 votes having gone ‘missing’ during the count and a ballot box from a strong Tory area having been mysteriously delayed in transit by an hour!!!

    Things are so confused the returning officer didn’t even schedule counting for today when it became clear they wouldn’t get a result last night, counting will resume at 10 am on Saturday. And we think we have funny election shennanigans!

    PS – Northern Ireland will not have the highest constituency turnout in the UK. In Solihull, where the LibDems took a Tory seat – one of the wealthiest towns in Europe – from nothing with a majority of 279, the turnout was 83.1%!!!