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Blair's crisis

Issue No. 2017

“As TB enters his final phase he needs to be focusing way beyond the finishing line, not looking at it. He needs to go with the crowds wanting more. He should be the star who won’t even play that last encore. In moving towards the end he must focus on the future.”
Leaked memo from Blair advisers planning their boss’s exit from power

“I can’t think of a single Welsh MP who does not want Blair to go now. At a meeting Blair said, ‘What’s the problem guys?’ The first three of us who spoke said, ‘You’re the problem.’”
Labour MP Paul Flynn calls for Blair to go now as the crisis deepens in Labour

“Labour is now stuck in this quagmire and we cannot get out of it because everything swings back to the leadership”
Labour MP Sarah McCarthy-Fry who was only elected at last year’s general election

“People are completely fed up and just want Tony Blair to go. He told us before the summer break that there would be a smooth and orderly transition, but everyone knows that that is not going to happen.The letters are not about a timetable for him going, but demanding that he goes as soon as possible.”
Influential Labour backbencher who is coordinating getting signatures from Labour MPs calling for Blair to go

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Sat 9 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2017
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