The Liberal Democrats After Blair

Andrew Russell, David Cutts

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Tony Blair was good for the Liberal Democrats. Throughout his leadership of the Labour Party the fortunes of the Liberal Democrats, Britain’s third party, were boosted. At the start of the Blair era the Liberal Democrats profited from anti-Conservative sentiment in constituencies where Labour could not defeat the Tories. By the end they benefited disproportionately from unpopular New Labour policies. In parliament, the Liberal Democrats tripled their numbers across Blair’s three election victories and in Scotland and Wales they were able to share power in the new devolved institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blair Legacy
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Policy, Governance, and Foreign Affairs
EditorsTerrence Casey
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780230216624, 9780230216617
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2009


  • Party leader
  • Labour party
  • Campaign spending
  • vote intention
  • constituency level


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