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Blair's office denies report that he will announce plan to resign Parliamentary seat next week

Blair's office denies report that he will announce plan to resign Parliamentary seat next week

Prime Minister Tony Blair's moved quickly Thursday to deny a report that he intends to resign his seat in parliament when he steps down as head of government.
"The only announcement the prime minister will make next week will be regarding his resignation as leader of the Labour Party," Blair's office said.
The party's next leader _ almost certain to be Treasury chief Gordon Brown _ would then succeed him as prime minister.
Press Association, the British news agency, citing unidentified sources, had reported that Blair was expected to make the announcement in his northern England constituency of Sedgefield next Thursday.
Prime ministers recently have tended to stay on in the House of Commons for a time.
John Major, Blair's predecessor, kept his seat for four years, and Margaret Thatcher served out the remaining 18 months of her parliamentary term after resigning as prime minister in 1990.
Ted Heath, Conservative prime minister in 1970-74, continued in the Commons for 26 years.


Updated : 2021-06-22 08:46 GMT+08:00