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Michael Foot dies at 96; last of the British Labor Party's socialist leaders
Michael Foot dies at 96; last of the British Labor Party's socialist leaders

Michael Foot, a bookish intellectual and anti-nuclear campaigner who led Britain's Labor Party to a disastrous defeat in 1983, died Wednesday, officials said. He was 96.Foot died peacefully at his home in north London following a long illness, historian John Foot, the politician's great-nephew, said.Foot personified the socialist tendency in the Labor Party, which Tony Blair erased when he won power at the head of a business-friendly, interventionist "New Labor." Yet Foot remained a respected, even revered, figure.Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Blair's partner in creating "New Labor," praised Foot as a "genuine British radical" and a "man of deep principle and passionate idealism."...

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