Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Tony Blair

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Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

This episode focuses on Tony Blair. As one of the architects of New Labour, he returned the party to power after 18 years. Blair went on to win three elections, but will be remembered for his decision to lead Britain to war in Iraq and his battle with his chancellor and successor Gordon Brown.

Stephen and Jonn speak to the academic Kitty Stewart, Blair’s former policy adviser and cabinet minister Andrew Adonis, and the third man of New Labour Peter Mandelson.

Produced by Adrian Bradley and May Robson, with thanks to Caroline Crampton and Nick Hilton.

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