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Why Tony Blair didn't go to Brighton

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1632

Many of the things that Tony Blair, the leader of the opposition, said in his speech last week to the annual conference of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (NAHAT) were not new. Labour's health spokesperson, Harriet Harman, has been saying most of them for some time, mostly recently to the BMA's consultants last week.

The things that were interesting about Mr Blair's speech were (a) that it was he who said it, (b) whom he said it to, and (c) what he did not say.

Health is one of Labour's strongest electoral tickets. As Mr Blair said in his speech, “The NHS is the proudest creation of a past Labour government and the embodiment …

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