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Gordon Brown has told close allies that the next general election will be his last as Labour leader. The Prime Minister has pledged that he will step down at "some point" during the next parliament should he beat the Conservatives in two years.
Mr Brown has let a few senior Cabinet colleagues know that he intends to quit in time to allow his successor at least a year to fight the election after next, a move designed to stop speculation about his leadership.
If he pulls off a remarkable comeback and wins in 2010 he will quit well before the country goes to the polls. However, by setting out a timetable for his future departure Mr Brown may find that some question whether he should leave sooner.
Originally posted by budski
There's also the question of just how far into debt he will drive the country, leaving the next leader (whoever it is) to pick up the pieces - something I still think bliar did to him, to a lesser extent.
Originally posted by Freedom ERP
The real question, will someone be prepared to stand against Gordon Brown who has the potential to be a creditable leader rather than just a storking horse to force an election that may bring the bigger guns out.
Originally posted by Ste2652
[In many ways, it's like a Shakespearean tragedy; Macbeth, I would say.