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PM Tony Blair a 'Lame Duck' After Vote

By Fortunesfool     Mar 15, 2007 in World
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has won support for the renewal of Britain's 'Trident' nuclear submarine program but he has been hit by rebellion from within his own ranks.
95 Labour MP's voted for a decision on the proposal to be delayed. 88 voted outright against renewal. Deputy Commons leader Nigel Griffiths and ministerial aide Jim Devine also quit earlier this week over the issue.
However, the government won the day with the backing of the opposition Conservative Party.
It was the biggest rebellion by his own party Mr Blair has faced since the Iraq war.
Ex Labour MP and Speaker of the House of Commons said that "I don't think that any prime minister wants to get some major issue like that on opposition votes, but he had no alternative but to rely on those votes."
She added: "He's losing authority and he's now becoming a lame duck, I'm sorry to say."
Somewhere between £15 and £20 billion will now be spent on a new fleet of submarines to carry Trident missiles.
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