Blair Will Resign Tomorrow

British PM to back Brown Friday, step down in July
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2007 10:00 PM CDT
Blair Will Resign Tomorrow
TO GO WITH BLAIR'S BITTER END' BY PAISLEY DODDS Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during a visit to University College Hospital in London, in this Monday April. 30, 2007 file photo. Blair no longer resembles the boyish leader nicknamed "Bambi" who flashed toothy smiles when he became one...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to formally announce his resignation tomorrow and anoint Chancellor Gordon Brown as his successor Friday. The Guardian reports he won't actually step down until July, but the announcement will signal the end of the Blair era and begin a divisive process of choosing the next Prime Minister.

There will be no general election. A successor will be chosen by a vote among Labor party members and MPs. Blair leaves office with the once floundering Conservative Party gaining popularity. David Cameron, the Conservative leader, described Labor as "the government of the living dead " and Gordon Brown as "the wrong end of the pantomime horse." (Read more Britain stories.)

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