New Labour 2001-2007

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  • Lab. Govt 2001-2007
    • elections
      • 2001
        • Lab 413 seats C 166 seats
          • B personal standing in country high, lib dems rising prospects damaged C
          • ec. situ. still good C party struggling
      • 2005
        • L 355 seats C198
          • resignation from scandals and iraq
          • rivalry between Blairiites and Brownites starting to airse
          • may have been weak byt C opposition weaker and ineffective
    • economic srategy
      • big injection of money to public services
        • new schools and pay rises in NHS
          • catching up on 'years of neglect'
            • CRITICS: public spending and govt borrowing too high - large debts
      • income and expenditure
        • POLICY: from 2001 the prudence of earlier brown/b years gave way to high public spending
        • RESULT: High Inflation
      • unemployment
        • POLICY: reduce unemployment
        • RESULT: 2.5mil more in work in 2007 than 1997 - 37% increase in jobs were in unproductive public sector
      • Brown = 10 yrs as C - inflation kept low, record numbers of people in work
        • but economists said bubble of m/c prosperity not last
    • Foreign Policy
      • impact of 9/11
        • led to war on terror
      • Afghanistan
        • Oct 2001 - us led coalition/nato invasion
          • base of taliban operations and ruled by
            • result: expelled taliban
      • Iraq
        • defining of second term
          • large opposition from previous supporters
            • foreign secretary robin cook and overseas dev. min clare short
            • illegal war without UN backing - 2 tries didn't get it
              • severly unpopular
        • global terrorism = deadly danger
        • Sept. 2002
          • intelligence dossier to show danger of WMD
            • failed to convince - involvement of Alistair Campbell and "sexed up" for political purpose
              • no WMD found - B strongly believed
                • suicide of scientist Kelly = Hutton Enquiry into govt blame
                  • off the record talk with BBC journalist about dossier
        • Saddam overthrown - human rights abuses by soldiers
    • The Wobble 2004
      • Hutton Enq
      • backbench revolt uni top fees
      • relationship with Brown deteriorating
    • Departure of B
      • 2006 - mounting pressure to leave
        • "cash for honours" scandal
          • first standing PM taken n for q
        • opp, to Iraq
      • by 07 many big MPs left
        • Blunkett, Cook, Mandelson
      • 06 thought Br coupe
        • never happened but announced resig. at party conf
          • june 07 left, Br PM unopposed
    • Legacy
      • won 3 elections
      • "Blairism won power with a smile, but never found levers to put policy into practise"
        • Simon Jenkins

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