Tony Blair opened his last Labour Party National Conference as Prime Minister and pleaded for an end to disunity in party ranks. Speculation over who will be the next UK leader has reached fever pitch as Blair refuses to give a date for his resignation or name a successor.
In the past he has said Finance Minister Gordon Brown would make a ‘brilliant’ Prime Minister but he is refusing to repeat his endorsement. The Party faithful fear in-fighting over the succession will cause further harm, at a time when a recent poll showed Labour trailing the opposition Conservative Party.
Tens of thousands of people protested against Tony Blair’s policies on Saturday, some calling for the Prime Minister to step down. A poll in the British newspaper The Sunday Times showed nearly two thirds of those canvassed wanted him to set an exit date at the conference. Whenever he does go, and despite his pleas for unity, it seems the battle to be his successor is likely to be a heated one.