Finance Minister Gordon Brown is expected to launch his bid to succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s Prime Minister later today. After a decade in the shadows, analysts say he is sure to win. He seems to have the widest support of anyone within the Labour Party to become its next leader.
Other strong candidates have ruled themselves out. As the head of the biggest party in Parliament, he would automatically become Prime Minister, but he will face an uphill struggle to deliver his party victory in the next elections. Brown has won praise for his handling of the economy, but there are doubts he has the common touch and charisma that helped Blair win over the electorate three times before.
Labour is well behind the Conservatives in the opinion polls. It made a poor showing in last week’s local elections in both Scotland and England. However some analysts believe Brown may win votes for his foreign policy. They expect him to bring involvement in Iraq to a quick close.
So though victory in the next few weeks will most probably be his, it is not known how long Gordon Brown would remain in Britain’s top job.