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Clark Congratulates Blair On Election Victory

Prime Minister Helen Clark today congratulated Tony Blair and the British Labour Party on their general election victory.

Helen Clark said that Tony Blair's achievement in winning a second mandate by such a large margin was remarkable and historic.

"In both New Zealand and Britain, voters are opting for pragmatic centre-left governments with positive and inclusive visions for the future.

"Those visions combine the rebuilding of public services with the push towards 'smarter' knowledge-based societies and economies.

"The rebuilding of Britain, like the rebuilding of New Zealand, is a long-term project. In winning a second term, Tony Blair has received strong endorsement for his project of building an inclusive society and a strong economy.

"In September this year the Progressive Governance group of leaders to which Tony Blair and I belong is due to meet in Stockholm. All members of the group will be heartened by his victory. It encourages us all to continue our work to build societies which are fair, inclusive and economically strong," Helen Clark said.

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