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Practices welcome Labour poll win

Labour's narrow election victory has been welcomed by a number of London's larger architectural practices.

In the early hours of today, Tony Blair made British political history by becoming the only post-war prime minister, other than Margaret Thatcher, to have won three successive general elections.

Although Blair's majority was cut by around 100 to just 66 (estimated), the success has been hailed as 'a great result' by some of the profession's highest fliers.

David Stanford, Managing Director at Reid Architecture's London office, was particularly delighted. He said: 'The Labour manifesto was the most 'architecture friendly' of the 3 main parties, and their reduced majority means they will have to listen more to the views of the public as well as their own back-benchers.'

John Assael, head of Assael Architecture, agreed. 'I am delighted with the Labour win,' he said. 'This is good news for us as we specialise in urban regeneration and housing - areas where we know the Labour Government will continue to focus a great deal of interest.

'It's also good for the profession generally as Labour state that they are going to focus on domestic policy and that means spending more on hospitals and schools.' He added.

But it remains to be seen whether the office of ODPM will survive in Blair's new government.

by Richard Waite

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