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Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader

Former PM said leaders must "base policies on reality, not a delusionary view of the world"

Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers Progress' inaugural annual Philip Gould Lecture on July 21, 2014 in London, England. The former prime minister said the Labour party 'has to be progressive and base policies on reality, not a delusionary view of the world' during his lecture. (Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Britain's new Prime Minister and Labour leader Tony Blair is greeted by supporters outside 10 Downing Street when he arrives, 02 May 1997, after Britain returned a Labour government in an historic landslide. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
A victorious Tony Blair waves to the Labour supporters outside No.10 Downing st after he won a unique second term in office in London 08 June 2001.Labour won the general election by a landslide majority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Labour Party leader and new British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair wave and smile at party workers and supporters after their arrival at the Royal Festival Hall for a post-election celebration early 02 May 1997 following their landslide victory over the ruling Conservative Party. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Prime Minister Tony Blair poses with wife Cherie, Baby Leo, Nicky, Kathryn and Euan June 8 2001 outside 10 Downing Street after Labour''s General Election win and beginning his second term in office in London, England. Tony Blair celebrates his 50th birthday May 6, 2003. (GettyImages)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) speaks to the media at No. 10 Downing Street as his sons Nicky (L) and Euan (2nd R), wife Cherie (C) and daughter Kathryn (2nd L) watch in London 06 May, 2005. Blair and his Labour party have won an historic third term after the balloting in the general election. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair announces his resignation at the Trimdon Labour Club in Sedgefield, north-east England, 10 May 2007. Blair announced his resignation after a decade in power, saying he will stand down at the end of June. He told party suporters in his constituency of Sedgefield that he would step down as Labour leader, and therefore as prime minister on June 27. 'On 27 June, I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister,' he said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair waves to supporters as he leaves the Trimdon Labour Club, in Sedgefield, north-east England, 10 May 2007. Blair announced his resignation after a decade in power, saying he will stand down at the end of June. He told party suporters in his constituency of Sedgefield that he would step down as Labour leader, and therefore as prime minister 27 June 2007. 'On 27 June, I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister,' he said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
A supporter of British Prime Minister Tony Blair holds a placard as he visits the Trimdon Labour Club, in Sedgefield, in north-east England, 10 May 2007. Tony Blair on Thursday announced his resignation after a decade in power, saying he will stand down at the end of June. He told party suporters in his constituency of Sedgefield that he would step down as Labour leader, and therefore as prime minister on June 27. 'On 27 June, I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister,' he said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
A supporter of Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair holds a placard as he visits the Trimdon Labour Club, in Sedgefield, in north-east England, 10 May 2007. Tony Blair on Thursday announced his resignation after a decade in power, saying he will stand down at the end of June. He told party suporters in his constituency of Sedgefield that he would step down as Labour leader, and therefore as prime minister on June 27. 'On 27 June, I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister,' he said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
Prime Minister Tony Blair poses with his family (L-R) Euan, Leo, Kathryn, wife Cherie and Nicholas before leaving his Downing St Residence for the last time as Prime Minister on June 27, 2007 in London. Mr Blair came to power in 1997 and in 10 years as Prime Minister won three general elections. Former Chancellor Gordon Brown will be the 52nd Prime Minister to walk through the door at Number 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
File picture dated 09 April 1997 shows Tony Blair (L), then opposition Labour party leader, with Gordon Brown, shadow chancellor, during a campaign press conference. Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair 27 June 2007 as British prime minister, finally stepping out of his predecessor's shadow after 10 years and vowing to lead the country into a new era of change. (AFP/Getty Images)
Blair marks the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour Party leader
This file photo taken 25 September 2005 shows British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown seated at the GMEX center in Manchester, northwest England, during the annual Labour Party conference. Britain's finance minister Gordon Brown finally became prime minister-in-waiting Thursday after a decade waiting in Tony Blair's shadow for the keys to 10 Downing Street. (AFP/Getty Images)