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Cameron’s challenge

David Cameron cannot emulate Tony Blair, but he will change New Labour

By Sunder Katwala   December 2005

The emergence of David Cameron as Tory leader-elect (barring a big upset) offers both a credible electoral threat and a political opportunity for Labour’s next leader, Gordon Brown. You know you have embedded long-term political change when you convert your opponents. Both Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher achieved this. But Blair/Brown are only part of the way there. The critique implied in Gordon Brown’s phrase the “progressive consensus” is that Labour has yet to win the big public arguments needed to forge a “new common sense” in British politics around left-of-centre values. The revival of the Tories could, paradoxically, speed…

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