Labour celebrates without style
The party was riding high in the polls and there was plenty to celebrate. But the nearest thing to an anniversary bash was a dinner in Newcastle, hosted by Mo Mowlam and featuring Peter Mandelson as after-dinner speaker. A spokeswoman said, the dinner was an annual event and did not constitute an official commemoration of last year's victory.
Mr Blair spent the evening in The Hague at a Labour Day event organised by the Dutch Prime Minister, Wim Kok. Before leaving, he gave an anniversary television interview in which he confided that his true "passions" were hospitals and schools. There had been a "good start but there's a lot more to do".
The Conservatives toned down their own anniversary bash, presumably to chime with Labour's low-key approach. A press conference originally billed as starring William Hague promised an opportunity to help the Government "blow out their candles". It was actually fronted by Peter Lilley, shadow chancellor, and Francis Maude, shadow culture minister. For a moment it seemed they might expose clandestine revelling in Labour ranks. But it turned out that when Mr Maude said he had 40 examples of ministers "up to their neck in the trough," he meant power had gone to Labour's head. No, the Conservatives were clearly as disappointed as the rest of the country.
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