UK Change of Guard Today

Blair will quit Parliament as Brown begins government shakeup
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2007 4:23 AM CDT
Gordon Brown, left, acknowledges applause beside Tony Blair at a special Labour leadership conference in Manchester, England Sunday June 24, 2007. Britain's Treasury chief Gordon Brown, who will become...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Blair is expected to resign from Parliament today as he vacates 10 Downing Street and is confirmed as the new international envoy to the Mideast. Gordon Brown, whose luggage is waiting curbside, will begin his shakeup of the government, with at least six ministers targeted for replacement, the Guardian reports.

An important Tory MP defected to Labour yesterday, in an early coup for the new PM. Brown will reveal the cabinet at week’s end; his inner circle "promises to include ministers from outside Labour’s ranks," a novelty in the UK, says Time.