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Blair backs equal pay for women at Wimbledon

Updated: June 28, 2006, 1:53 PM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- The battle to win equal pay for women's tennis won a prominent new supporter on Wednesday -- and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams thanked British Prime Minister Tony Blair for backing the campaign.

Blair was asked in parliament whether he was aware that 30 years after his Labor Party introduced the equal pay act, the women's winner at Wimbledon was getting 30,000 pounds ($54,640) less than the winner of the men's singles.

Pressed by fellow Laborite Janet Anderson, Blair said ...

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