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U.K. Paper Claims Blair to Quit May 4

Thursday, 07 September 2006 12:00 AM

LONDON –- In an attempt to quell the in-fighting in the U.K. Labour Party, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, will finally confirm in his own words that May 4, 2007 will be his last as prime minister.

Ten years and three days after he took office in 1997, Blair has successfully won three consistent elections for his party, and helped reshape Britain and its economy.

Tony Blair's success falls short by 565 days, against his older predecessor, Margaret Thatcher. The Thatcher years lasted from May 4, 1979, until her resignation on Nov. 22, 1990 (4,221 days in total).

Blair will have only remained in office 3,656, making him Britain's second longest serving prime minister of the 20th century.

The unofficial announcement to the London Evening Standard Newspaper, will allow his successor, (unnamed but favored as Chancellor Gordon Brown), the chance of having a steady run-in and hand-over, an opportunity not given by Margaret Thatcher's conservative cabinet in 1990.

Blair has been forced into a corner following the sudden and unexpected resignations on "Bloody Wednesday" of seven of his aides. The unofficial announcement will bring great relief to all members of Parliament on the government benches.

Jack Straw, the leader of the House of Commons, stated to reporters that he did not believe that Chancellor Gordon Brown had orchestrated the recent revolt against Britain's premiere, although there has always been much speculation over the drifting relationship Blair has had with his Chancellor since the 2001 election.

Jack Straw has suggested to reporters that May 4 is the favored day for Blair to go. "I think the nation expects him to take it to the half-way point of a normal four-year parliament."

In the running for the leadership, the odds in Britain's Ladbrokes bookies confirm the following names as potential contenders:

The official date of the Labour Party leadership election will be announced sometime in February 2007. As the Labour Party holds a strong majority in the Houses of Parliament, the winner will immediately become prime minister for the remaining two years. Following that, the new leader will then have to go to the country for an election in May 2008.

This announcement brings great relief to a country that feels Tony Blair has outstayed his welcome.

Over the next few weeks, both the Conservative Party and Labour Party will see from the polls taken, whether Blair's resignation is going to make a difference to the outcome of the 2008 election.

At present, Conservative Leader David Cameron is five points ahead of Blair. Now the leadership is changing, the small swing of support, gained by David Cameron, may return to the Labour Party, indicating that it was Blair who was losing the Party credibility and support.

If the points either remain the same or grow, it will indicate that the country is once again fed up with a Labour government.

All the major political parties will be sending their pollsters out over the coming weeks.

By the end of next month, there should be a very clear picture on who is more likely to win in 2008.

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