Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Should Blair stay or should Blair go...
No, not as Prime Minister (He has already said he will stand down as Prime Minister before the next election), but whether he will remain as an MP!
Yesterday Downing Street denied reports that he would do so, but today his agent in his Sedgefield cosntituency, John Burton, has said that Blair has told him that he does plan to stand down, according to the BBC News Website
It's the first I have heard of a Prime Minister planning to stand down as MP while still on office, at least in recent times. Some like Thatcher, leave as soon as they can, others hang on a bit, as the info from the BBC Website mentions:
John Major - stayed in Commons four years after ousted as PM
Margaret Thatcher - one-and-half years on back benches after leaving No 10
Harold Wilson - seven years in Commons after resigning premiership
Ted Heath - retired as MP 26 years after resigning as Tory leader
Alec Douglas-Home - stayed in Commons for 10 years after end of premiership, some of them as foreign secretary
Ted Heath and Alec Douglas-Home showed that there was life in front-line politics after Downing Street. But I think it depends on temprament, and one wonders if Tony Blair would be happy with a continuous parliamentary career after life as Prime Minister!