Saturday, August 20, 2005

Knocking them off - one by one

Tony Blair is watching his anti-war Labour party opponents being knocked off, one by one.

First was Robin Cook on 6th August 2005.

Former Cabinet minister Robin Cook, 59, has died after collapsing while hill walking in north-west Scotland.
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He first became an MP for Edinburgh Central in 1974 and was appointed the shadow health secretary in 1989, becoming shadow trade and industry secretary in 1992.

In 1994, he became the shadow foreign secretary, a position he held until the 1997 election.

After Labour's landslide win, he entered the Cabinet as foreign secretary.

A Cabinet reshuffle after the 2001 Labour victory saw him replaced at the Foreign Office by Jack Straw, with Mr Cook instead given the job of Leader of the Commons.

He resigned that position in the lead-up to the conflict in Iraq in protest over Tony Blair's decision to go to war.

He had been an outspoken critic of the government's foreign policy from the backbench.

Today comes news of the demise of former Northern Ireland secretary, Mo Mowlam, aged just 55.

A former key ally of Mr Blair, who helped organise his leadership bid in 1994, she became increasingly disaffected with his premiership and was a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq.

Who is next on his list - Clare Short or George Galloway?


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