Sunday Life

Labour pains

13 June 2004

PRIME Minister Tony Blair had little to smile about last night, as Labour took a hammering in the local council elections.

And he appealed to his party to hold its nerve, after it crashed to third place behind the Liberal Democrats.

It's believed to be the worst performance by a governing party in a mid-term election.

But Mr Blair insisted his party could bounce back.

He said a shadow had been cast over the elections by the war in Iraq.

"What we have got to do is to hold our nerve and see it through," he said.

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