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Blair Delays Local Polls Over Epidemic

April 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that he was postponing local elections by a month to fight foot-and-mouth disease, signaling that plans for a general election would also have to wait.

Blair said local council elections set for May 3 would be held June 7. It was the first time since World War II that local balloting had been delayed because of a crisis, and sources in his Labor Party said the dramatic step indicated that Blair would not be calling a national election for May 3, as had been expected.

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