The main message in 1997 was about hope. Huge investment in the NHS. Minimum wage. Education funding increases. And so on. And they delivered. 2001 is when Blair's god complex started in earnest.
For those is the constituencies of Southern England, I believe the answer is yes. The people in the Thames valley and further south were disillusioned by what (to them) seemed the failure of Tory policy on Black Wednesday, and beset by negative equity. They blamed the Tories I doubt John Smith would have gone as far to pander to the Tories as Blair did, but we shall never know. I do know that Roy Hattersley, hardly a left wing fire brand, found the Blair project distasteful.
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