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    06 May 2005

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    This will be quick. Labour lost. Blair, although he'll get a third term, lost.

    LibDems picked up 4%, Tories were flat, Labour lost 6%. Iraq was the key and it hurt Blair dispite aid from acress the Alantic. Labour is down 6% - to 36% the lowest percentage EVER for a majority party in the UK. By the way, I like Blair, I just think he got caught up in corruption with the bushCo. He'll be disposed of soon.

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    Prime Minister Tony Blair secured an historic election triumph but a backlash over the Iraq war brought him to his knees, and may mark the beginning of the end for his rule, the world's press said.

    Though Blair won a place in history by taking the Labor Party to its third successive victory for the first time ever, his heir apparent, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, may take the spoils, papers said.

    "As the first results from constituencies around the country were declared in the early hours of this morning, it seemed certain that Tony Blair's retirement will come sooner than might have been expected and much sooner than he had presumed when he declared that this would be his final election," said Britain's conservative Daily Telegraph.

    Blair's so-called New Labour allies took the brunt of the opposition's advance, losing hard-won seats, the paper said in its Internet edition.

    "Labour's reduced majority will, therefore, greatly strengthen Gordon Brown's hand should he seek to force the pace of the handover of power that Mr Blair has conceded will occur before the next election."

    The left-leaning Guardian newspaper drew a similar conclusion, saying the flight of Labour voters brought Blair down to earth.

    "Iraq was not the only reason why these voters deserted Labour -- immigration, tuition fees and a host of other dissatisfactions also played strong parts in one of the most heterogeneous elections in memory -- but there is little doubt that historians will look back on the 2005 election as the Iraq election," the paper said in an editorial on the Internet.

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