Tony Blair is to tell allies in a keynote speech in Brighton today that the Labour Party must continue to modernise. The British prime minister will outline plans for the rest of his time in office in his address to the Labour Party conference but is not expected to answer the question on everyone’s lips – how long does he intend to stay?
It is no secret that most within the party don’t expect Blair to remain in power until the end of his mandate in 2009. Blair himself has been smoothing the way for a leadership transition to his economy minister Gordon Brown. Brown delivered a speech on Monday confirming his status as leader-in-waiting, praising Blair’s record and pledging to pursue public service reforms, including greater private sector involvement in public services.