Friday, May 05, 2006

Time for Blair to go?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Clarke axed in Cabinet reshuffle

Well it looks like the predicted disaster for Labour in the local elections has materialised. Labour has come third in the national share of the vote and have lost 256 councillors and the control of 18 councils so far. The downside to this is that the Tories have taken most of these seats.

Blair is trying to fight back with a major cabinet reshuffle today, finally Charles Clark has been replaced and will return to the back benches. There are some other interesting changes too; Margaret Beckett is to be the new Foreign Secretary and Jack Straw will become Commons Leader.

The hope now is that party pressure will increase to such an extent that it will not be possible for Blair to continue. I am also hopeful for a proper leadership election, rather than power just passing automaticaly to Gordon Brown.

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