Tony Blair to step down

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, 12:00am


British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would stand down on June 27. He has held the top position for 10 years, since 1997.


Where did he make the announcement? At the Trimdon Labour Club, in his Sedgefield constituency in northeast England.

This is where he celebrated his first election to parliament 24 years ago and where he launched his campaign for party leadership in 1994.


How will Blair be remembered? He has been one of the most praised and criticised prime ministers in history.

A poll in The Guardian showed 60 per cent of voters believed Mr Blair would be remembered as a force for change, but not always good.

The key events during Blair's time in office were the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and the attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001.


Who will replace him? Gordon Brown is widely expected to take his place leading the nation. Blair will remain in Downing Street until the Labour Party elects a new leader.


Why is Gordon Brown calling for a 'change in the way we govern'? Because of the perceived need to listen more to the public, particularly following disappointment in Britain's role in the war with Iraq.


When are the next elections in the UK?

In May 2010.