Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Home > News Brief > World
7 labor MPs resign to protest against Blair's reign
Latest Updated by 2006-09-07 08:52:42
Related News
Major UK air terror plot thwarted
US raises threat level amid foiled terrorist plot in UK
World News
7 labor MPs resign to protest against Blair's reign
Japan's Princess Kiko produces boy, succession debate to end
Bush urges Americans to keep alert on terror threats

Seven Labor members of parliament quit their government posts on Wednesday in protest against Tony Blair's refusal to set a timetable for his departure as both Labor leader and British prime minister.

Tom Watson quit as a junior defense minister and was followed by six Parliamentary Private Secretaries including Khalid Mahmood, Wayne David, Ian Lucas, Mark Tami, Chris Mole and David Wright, Sky news reported.

They said it was not "in the interest of either the party or the country" for Blair to remain in office.

Four of the group said in a joint statement that Blair had "not ended the uncertainty over when he intends to leave office, which is damaging the government and the party."

"I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership," Watson wrote in his resignation letter.

He was also among a group of MPs who had earlier signed a confidential letter to Blair urging him to name a date for his departure.

In reaction, Blair accused Watson of being "disloyal, discourteous and wrong" by leaking the letter to the press.

The Sun newspaper on Wednesday published a front-page story screaming that Blair will resign on May 31 as party leader and depart as Prime Minister on July 26 next year. There has been no official comment from Downing Street.

Meanwhile, supporters of Chancellor Gordon Brown are also calling for Blair to make a public declaration about when he will go.

The wave of resignation and appeal gives rise to John McDonnell, chair of the socialist Campaign Group of Labor MPs, who confirmed on Wednesday that he would stand for the leadership campaign to succeed Blair.

Although Blair had publicly announced that he would not run in the next general election, he refuses to set a timetable for his departure, insisting that he wants to go ahead with the reforms instead of being pressed with the obsession of the exact time to quit his job.

Recent opinion polls showed that the Conservative Party has been taking the lead over Labor in support rate, largely due to Blair's foreign policy both on the war against Iraq and on the Israel-Lebanon conflict, not to mention his domestic policies of pursuing nuclear power station and nuclear weapons.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
Previous:    Next:

FISU president arrives in Shenzhen

Shenzhen teacher finishes cycling tour

Hengqin Stone Park in Zhuhai

Sports centers in Foshan

"Invincible" tops U.S. box office
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips