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Tony Blair elected leader of the Labour party July 1994

The MP for Sedgefield, Tony Blair, has been confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party. The results of the Labour Party ballot - announced just after 1200 BST at the University of London - showed Mr Blair had gained 57% of the vote in the most democratic process ever used by a British political party. The election followed the unexpected death of former Labour leader John Smith in May. Mr Blair made clear his intentions in a passionate first speech as leader: "I shall not rest until, once again, the destinies of our people and our party are joined together again in victory at the next general election - Labour in its rightful place in government again."