Now that that’s out of the way..

The First Post’s Downing Street Mole is predicting that on May 9th [timing, eh? – Ed] Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce his departure from Number Ten, triggering a 7-week campaign for his replacement as well as the more crowded contest for the post of deputy leader of the party.. Time to update that blog, Peter..

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  • protorious

    I must say, completely ignoring the actual topic, that Peter Hain site is jolly good fun. I still haven’t quite recovered from the laughter that ripped through me on seeing the “LABOUR RENEWED” button, complete with the glowing angelic features of Mr Brown.

    More on topic now. The 9th? I think thats leaving too much to chance… he should aim for the 8th… theres still a chance everything could break down into a punch-up with one misplaced comment about the Policing/Paisley during the actual ceremony.

  • Yokel

    Shock horror, the day after he lands his arse in Belfast to watch devolution restored.

    I never would have connected the two at all..

  • Ian

    It’s simply the first PMQ’s after the Scottish/Welsh/local elections. Any connection to events in NI is entirely coincidental…

  • dodrade

    I think that date’s worth a tenner.

  • Greenflag

    Will there be an election for the Deputy leadership ? It’s been described as a non job apart from being a waste of money and unnnecessarily divisive ?

    Anyone hazard a guess on the next Deputy PM ?

    Who said Hain ?

  • Pete Baker

    GF

    There will be an election for the post of deputy leader of the Labour Party.

    The separate post of Deputy Prime Minister is a title/office entirely within the gift of the Prime Minister.

  • dodrade

    It is rather curious just how many people want the job, considering no one has ever been under the illusion that Prescott was the second most important person in the Government or the Labour party. Yet half the front bench obviously think they can turn the position into a powerbase from which they can rise to the leadership should Brown lose the next election. I’m not sure they’re right.

    For what its worth I think Milliband has made the right decision. Brown may be a grumpy penny pinching jock to many but he’s a politician of real substance and ability unlike Cameron who is merely a pale imitation of Blair at a time when we all know better. I would be rather surprised if Labour was not the largest party after the next election.

    Milliband will score points for preserving party unity by not standing and give himself a excellent chance of the leadership should Brown lose the next election.

  • Comrade Stalin

    For what its worth I think Milliband has made the right decision. Brown may be a grumpy penny pinching jock to many but he’s a politician of real substance and ability

    You have to hand it to him for his firm hand with the economy, but outside of that I find it hard to nail the guy down. Was he for the Iraq war, or not ? Is he for ID cards, or not ?

    He went down in my estimation at the last budget. The 10% rate was a good idea (it was HIS idea!) and it made people on low incomes better off. By scrapping it, he has ensured that poorer people and people doing part time jobs will pay more tax. I still don’t get it.