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Noel Gallagher hates Tony Blair photo

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Oct 25, 2013 | 10:44am EDT

Rocker Noel Gallagher is adamant he does not regret supporting British politician Tony Blair in the 1990s but hates the infamous photograph of him hobnobbing with the Prime Minister in Downing Street. The former Oasis star was a vocal supporter of Blair when he was the Opposition leader, and the politician returned the favour after sweeping to power in 1997 by inviting Gallagher to a reception at the official Prime Minister's residence. The photo of the pair talking over a glass of champagne at 10 Downing Street attracted a wave of criticism of Gallagher for mixing with the political elite, and he now admits he rues the moment - but he's adamant he was right to support Blair's bid for election. Asked if he regrets backing Blair before he became Prime Minister, Gallagher tells New Statesman magazine, "Nah, not really. It was a great time in history. The grip of Thatcherism was being smashed. New Labour had been brilliant in opposition. When Tony Blair spoke, his words seemed to speak to people, young people. "Call me naive but I felt something - I'm not quite sure what it was, but I felt it all the same. I do regret that picture at No. 10 that night, though... I can still smell the cheese!"

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