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Thoughts on Tony Blair’s resignation as Prime Minister

Friday, June 29, 2007

Meg was asked by the Methodist Recorder for her thoughts following the resignation of Tony Blair as Prime Minister after 10 years in the job.

 

There’s no doubt the country is in better shape than it was 10 years ago more people in work and sharing the growing prosperity, an improved NHS and rising education standards. My constituency, like elsewhere, has new and refurbished schools and modern doctor’s surgeries fit for the 21st century. The Government’s drive to reach the Decent Homes Standards has made a huge difference to millions of council house tenants, ending the misery of living in inadequate accommodation for too many for too long.

 

Before becoming an MP I was a social worker for many years, and I’ve particularly appreciated the new focus and additional funds that have improved the lives of vulnerable children and adults. Passing legislation to give them greater protection from abuse and exploitation has helped improve their quality of life.

 

At the international level Tony Blair has taken us into the centre of Europe. No longer a ‘semi-detached’ member of the European Union, our views are noted, our presence appreciated. The energy and commitment that he showed in raising the plight of a large part of Africa with the leaders of the G8 rich nations of the world paid dividends. They cannot pretend that they do not know about starvation and large scale sickness that blights too many countries of that continent.   

 

Finally, as a person of faith I am pleased that the Government recognised the important role of faith organisations in society and acted to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of religion. Of course not everything attempted worked out well, but that’s politics, that’s life!


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