TONY BLAIR has overtaken Sir Winston Churchill for length of service as Prime Minister and will take his place in the top ten longest-serving British parliamentary leaders of all time tomorrow.
Mr Blair seized Churchill’s record of eight years and 240 days, amassed during two stints in Downing Street, on Tuesday.
The Labour leader will become the second longest-serving Prime Minister of the past 100 years when he passes Asquith’s eight years and 244 days’ continuous service on the last day of the year.
While Mr Blair is unlikely to knock Sir Robert Walpole from his place as Britain’s most enduring PM, having announced that he will not contest the next election, he may yet be tempted to push for one final record — beating the 11 years 209 days that Margaret Thatcher led the country between 1979 and 1990.
Friday, December 30, 2005
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