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Blair set to announce resignation for next year: reports
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Date : 2006-09-07 11:32:55                      Reader : 289

Blair supported Bush by a big lie of WMD in Iraq. Blair was not ashamed to present an Iraqi student thesis as proof to Lords Council. Blair insulted Great Britain by adopting Bush policy in Lebanon. Blair went too far by calling for sympathy with Nazi Israel deeds against civilians in Lebanon !!

Blair will insult again Great Britain by visiting Israel on 9/11 this month to approve its Nazi atrocities against Palestinians !!
Blair denies kidnapping of one Israeli soldier but keeps his month shut when Israel kidnapped Ministers, Parliament Members , women in hundreds, and teen agers below 18!!
Blair transformed GB to Small Britain if not a US state !!

Associated France Press (AFP) 7/9/2006

Blair set to announce resignation for next year: reports


by Michael Thurston
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair will confirm on Thursday that he will step down in a year, media reported, amid a growing rebellion as a junior minister and seven official aides resigned, demanding he stand down urgently.

The flurry of departures came amid a new surge in speculation about Blair's future following a newspaper report that he will resign next July, as well as continuing grim poll showings for his ruling Labour Party.

Since then, reports have emerged from the BBC and Britain's domestic Press Association (PA) that Blair will make his intention to resign in a year public on Thursday, confirming comments from key allies.

The prime minister is due to visit a school in London with the Education Secretary Alan Johnson, and PA reported that Blair would use a pre-planned photo opportunity with Johnson to outline his plans.

Blair reportedly feels he has to give clarity to his governing Labour Party and the country over his intentions, PA said, citing senior sources in Downing Street.

Tom Watson, a junior defence minister, was one of 17 Labour lawmakers who signed a letter to Blair this week, saying it was not "in the interest of either the party or the country" for the prime minister to stay in office.

"I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership," he wrote.

Within hours six parliamentary private secretaries (PPSs) -- members of parliament who act as unpaid ministerial aides, on the lowest rung of the government ladder -- also announced they were quitting in protest at the current limbo.

The new developments -- for some recalling the way Margaret Thatcher was brought down by her Conservative Party in 1990 -- came hours after The Sun newspaper reported that Blair plans to stand down as premier in July.

The paper said he would resign as leader of the Labour Party on May 31, triggering an eight-week internal party election that his long-serving finance minister Gordon Brown is likely to win, seeing Blair leave office as prime minister on July 26.

The report came a day after the publication of a leaked memo detailing an "exit strategy" for the 53-year-old British leader, who would mark 10 years in office next May.

In Britain, governing political parties can replace their leader without referring the matter to the country in an election. This happened when John Major replaced Margaret Thatcher as Conservative prime minister in 1990.

Blair's office refused to comment on the front-page report by The Sun, whose backing of Blair was widely seen as instrumental in his landslide 1997 general election victory.

Blair, in a letter to Watson, warned that disunity could only harm Labour, which spent 18 years in opposition prior to 1997.

"To put all this at risk in this way is simply not a sensible, mature or intelligent way of conducting ourselves if we want to remain a governing party," he said.

Other newspapers meanwhile said that Labour MPs want Blair to confirm remarks from his environment secretary, David Miliband, on Tuesday that the "conventional wisdom" was that he can be expected to stand down in 12 months.

The Guardian daily reported that Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has demanded the prime minister set a timetable for his resignation and make it public.

The issue of when Blair will go has dogged his leadership for nearly two years. In 2004 he said he would not stand for a fourth consecutive term of office but did not say when he would hand over power.

The next general election is due in 2010 at the latest.

Critics argue that Blair's announcement has weakened his grip on power, with speculation overshadowing his attempts to push through public service reforms and other policy aims.

Conservative leader David Cameron -- whose arrival as party head has boosted the Tories into the lead with some 40 percent support in recent polls, said Blair's government was in "meltdown" and slammed the premier as a "lame duck".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: "This is no longer a matter of the convenience of the Labour Party and the ambitions of its senior members."

"The Labour Party has created this situation and has the responsibility to solve it. Mr Blair should either resign or state a date," he continued.

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