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British PM to make statement on his future

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Britain’s Tony Blair is expected to confirm this afternoon he will step down within a year. The prime minister has come under massive pressure from within his ruling Labour party to either resign now or set a date for when he will. Yesterday eight members of his government resigned in protest. The British media speculates he will step down as party leader in May 2007, after a decade in office, at around the same time as elections to the Welsh Assembly and Scottish parliament. Blair announced in September 2004 he would not stand for a fourth term. Since then he’s been dogged by questions of when he will leave but has refused to give an answer fearing he would become a so-called lame duck leader.