And, by 1997 she was one of the 101 "Blair Babe
" Labour MPs, on the Government benches after the party's landslide victory.
She was tagged a Blair Babe
after becoming Britain's youngest Labour councillor at the age of 21 in 2005.
The thought of Liam Byrne (Labour Treasury Minister as Britain's debt spiralled to record levels), Sion Simon (New Labour incarnate) or even 'Blair Babe
' Gisela Stuart governing our city virtually unchecked for at least four years, fills me with dread.
The former "Blair Babe
" joined Labour's casualties in the closest-run election in a generation - winning just 13,317 votes compared to Lumley's 19,138.
BETTY Williams hates being described as a Blair Babe
"I don't mind being referred to as a Blair Babe
, on the basis that any woman over 40 would find it complimentary!" says Mrs Curtis-Thomas, a 47-year-old mother-of-three.
Senior Ministers are in no doubt that Blair babe
Ms Hewitt is merely fronting the Prime Minister's move to diminish the Chancellor's performance.
Forty years on Blair babe
Baroness Amos of the Lords replaces Clare Short in the Cabinet.
Mr Ainsworth said today he would be taking advice about the story, published in the Mail on Sunday, which alleged he swore at and shoved "Blair Babe
" Jenny Jones, then MP for Wolverhampton South-west.
The 44-year-old married mother of two was among the tranche of so-called "Blair Babe
" female MPs elected to the Commons in the 1997 landslide and her promotion up the ranks was quietly spectacular.
* Labour chair HAZEL BLEARS, a "Blair Babe
" from the 1997 intake, has been one of the most on-message adherents of the Prime Minister's New Labour ethos.
NEXT week's 10-year anniversary of Tony Blair entering Downing Street means it is also a decade since the term "Blair Babe
" was born.