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|Blair Gets Backing from New Statesman B'Stard|
- Rik Mayall's fiendish politician joins Labour in theatrical revival of TV classic
UNDER-FIRE Prime Minister Tony Blair has gained a new backer in the sinister form of Alan B'Stard, of early 1990s TV sit-com The New Statesman.
Played by Rik Mayall, B'Stard was a slap stick caricature of right-wing Tory politicians who, back then, held government power.
Now re-invented for the stage and for the New Labour era, B'Stard has changed his party allegiance, but not his personality or his politics, as Mayall, who will again play the part, explained:
"[New Labour] are young, they are sexy and they are much more Right-wing than the Conservative Party."
Among the characters for B'Stard to bounce off in the show are Primie Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, to whom he takes an amorous fancy.
The New Statesman starts out in Brighton next month before touring the UK with a likely eventual transfer to the West End.
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