Tony Blair served as Prime Minister in the UK from 1997 – 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. Like many of his predecessors, Blair’s time as Prime Minister was not without its challenges. Under his leadership, ‘New Labour’ aimed to implement reforms to reduce poverty, health waiting times and unemployment, while focusing on improving living standards. However, a key challenge was how government itself was run. His time in government is equally recognised for his bold reforms to the way the centre of government worked with departments to transform and manage public services several of which (e.g. Delivery Units) have been replicated around the world.
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