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13/12/02
Thatcher: Blair is 'Strong and Bold'
- PM earns praise for stance on Iraq

TONY BLAIR was praised last night by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for his "strong and bold" stance on the Iraq issue.

Thatcher was speaking at a ceremony in Washington DC where she was awarded a prize for her conservative values by US vice President Dick Cheney, on behalf of a a right-wing think tank.

Despite representing different parties, Blair and Thatcher have long admired each other and many have commented on their similar approaches to a variety of issues. Thatcher did say that there remained political differences between herself and the current British leader, but on supporting the US in its military campaigns the two are as one.

Thatcher said Britain's role in international affairs was to be America's "staunchest ally" against the "twin-headed monster" of terrorism and rogue states holding weapons of mass destruction.

This weekend Blair's government came under fire from leading trades unionists, who said the PM's Labour Party was now barely distinguishable from Thatcher's Tories.




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