Celebrity: Grey man ousted by grinning man

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The Independent Online
John Major has officially fallen from the public consciousness, replaced by Tony Blair. A poll of 500 visitors at Madame Tussaud's found the new prime minister the most popular politician there, it was announced yesterday.

The current Tory leader, William Hague, failed to poll a single vote from sightseers queuing for the museum. The actor Mel Gibson ousted the defunct pop group Take That from top of the entertainment slot and Paul Gascoigne lost out to the basketball star Michael Jordan in the sports section. Only Diana, Princess of Wales, maintained her public esteem and was nominated the most beautiful person for the second year running. Mr Hague may not have featured, but Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher were running closely behind Mr Blair, proving the party is not dead - just behind the times.

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