Mandelson declares Britain's New Labor died after election defeat

08:14, June 04, 2010      

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Lord Peter Mandelson, one of the three politicians who remoulded Britain's failing Labor party into New Labor and then won three elections on the trot before losing power in an election last month, has said he believes New Labor is now dead.

Mandelson was one of the three men - himself and former prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair -- behind the remoulding of the old socialist Labor party, which had lost four elections in a row to the Conservative party, into left-of-center New Labor.

They enjoyed great electoral success, with three general election victories -- in 1997, 2001 and 2005.

Mandelson said on Thursday as he announced he had written a book about his time at the center of power that New Labor was "now over, and died on 6 May 2010" (the date of Brown's general election defeat).

He said: "I am not arguing for the New Labour of Blair, Brown, and Mandelson to be preserved in aspic -- that would be the opposite of the revisionist instincts that lay at the root of our project.

"But the cast of mind that New Labour represents -- aspirational, reforming, in touch and that faces up to the choices power demands -- must not die with it if our party is to be a serious party of government again."

Mandelson was publicizing his new book 'The Third Man: Life At The Heart Of New Labor,' which will be published in the summer.

"It will tell the story of a life played out in the back room and then on the front line of the Labour Party, and in our unprecedented three terms in government. It tells it as I saw it," said Mandelson.

He also promised that it would "ruffle a few feathers," and commentators eagerly expect that it will reveal some of the details of the complex and sometimes fraught relationship between Blair and Brown which dominated British politics for 13 years.

Mandelson was sacked twice from the Cabinet by Blair, and served as a European Union commissioner before being recalled to British politics by Brown and given a leading role in his government.

Brown resigned as leader of the Labor party following the general election defeat, and contenders for the leadership are currently gathering support for a campaign over the summer which will result in a new leader being chosen in September.

Frontrunners at the moment include former foreign secretary David Milliband, his brother Ed Milliband who was environment secretary in the last government, and former education secretary Ed Balls.

Source: Xinhua


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