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04/06/01
Cherie Blair Claims Soap Crown from Royle Family
- Tomlinson slams New Labour 'control-freakery'

ROYLE FAMILY actor Ricky Tomlinson has accused New Labour of extending its control-freakery into showbiz, claiming Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair replaced him at an awards do.

Tomlinson, a prominent supporter of the far-left Socialist Labour Party, said he was dropped from presenting the Soap Awards last Saturday. "I should have been at the awards presenting Phil Redmond with an achievement award - and I was suddenly pulled out at the last minute," he said. "And lo and behold the award was presented by Cherie Blair - now that to me smacks of some sort of control-freakery."

Tomlinson said his links with SLP leader Arthur Scargill go back to the early 1970s when he was involved in a building strike. "I'm there purely because Arthur Scargill hasn't forgot his roots, he's never sold out, he's never betrayed his class and I think there's very few of them now standing for New Labour who can say the same."




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