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Blair kicks off election campaign

By Hasan Suroor

LONDON, FEB. 12. Domestic issues are back on Britain's political agenda after the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, kicked off his party's campaign for the coming general election, expected in May, with a whirlwind tour of constituencies where Labour is seen to be vulnerable.

But his headline-grabbing "pledges'' to transform the lives of the common people if he is re-elected for a historic third term were dismissed by the Opposition as a "stunt.'' Even many Labour sympathisers did not appear impressed by the six pledges, he unveiled during his hopping eight-hour tour, and accused him of retailing the same old wine in a new bottle.

Mr. Blair made no mention of the Iraq war, which has deeply damaged his party's prospects especially among Muslim voters, and instead focussed on domestic policies such as economy, health, child-care and immigration.

"Wrong direction"

As images of Mr. Blair diving in and out of his red helicopter to kiss babies and hug pensioners dominated headlines, the Tories accused him of taking the country into the "wrong'' direction. They warned voters not to be "misled'' again by the Labour promises.

"Hard working families know that Britain is heading in the wrong direction,'' fumed the Tory leader Michael Howard

The Liberal Democrats, who pose a serious threat to Labour in "marginal'' seats, said Mr. Blair was not being "straightforward'' with the electorate on key issues.

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