Monday, April 18, 2005

Anti-War Candidates Aim to Unseat Blair

Tony Blair is facing a grassroots effert to unseat him in the forthcoming UK general election. An MI5 whistleblower and the father of a British soldier killed in Iraq have joined forces to challenge Blair in his home constituency.

Former M15 officer David Shayler is pulling out of the race in order to support another prospective independent candidate, Reg Keys, whose son Lance Corporal Tom Keys died in Iraq. "If this had been a two-horse race, I’m confident that I could have given Blair a run for his money,” said Mr Shayler.

"If Reg can beat Blair, then they’ll be dancing in the streets of Baghdad and Kabul as well as large parts of Britain," said Shayler. "It will be a ‘World Portillo Moment’, just like when Tory MP Michael Portillo lost his Enfield seat in the 1997 General Election and people spontaneously ran into the streets laughing and dancing."

Blair's problems have intensified as a senior Labour activist in Blair's constituency resigned yesterday. Derek Cattell, is now supporting independent candidate Reg Keys.

See Also: Blair's Last Stand?

2 Comments:

Blogger Social Democracy Now said...

Since it looks extremely unlikely that New Labour could lose office, the best thing antiwar activities could do is try to ensure that he loses his own seat. That would be a great way to send a clear message that the electorate is not rejecting New Labour per se, but Blair. This would be the best way to make the requisite political point in current circumstances, which offer precious little room for leverage.

2:04 am  
Anonymous Steve Hooker said...

This Reg Keys will oust the swine. Blair lied.

This is where the real election is. For all the world to see.

11:44 pm  

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