Tony Blair was elected leader of the UK Labour Party on 21 July 1994. He replaced John Smith, who had died in May. In a departure from previous elections, a secret ballot was held of all four million Labour Party and union members.

RTÉ's London editor Brian O'Connell went to the University of London for the announcement of the results. Tony Blair won with 57% of the vote. John Prescott came second and was elected deputy leader. Acting leader Margaret Beckett was third. 

In his speech, Blair attacks the Conservative Party. But what would the new leadership mean for Northern Ireland? O'Connell talks to MP Roger Stott, the Northern Ireland spokesman. 

Tony Blair
Tony Blair