Tony Blair can afford to look on calmly – the heat will be on his chancellor Gordon Brown on day two of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, in northern England. Party Chair Hazel Blears began the eulogising for Blair, praising him as the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister in history. And now he has announced he will quit the job within a year, the majority of party members appear to have moved on from frustration at his continued presence to fevered speculation about who his successor might be.
Chancellor Gordon Brown has long been Blair’s chosen successor, and a good speech to the party this morning is being seen as critical to his chances of success. But Blair notably refused to endorse Brown as his successor in a television interview on Sunday.