Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It: "Tony Blair to Quit"

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It: "Tony Blair to Quit"

Article excerpt

Sunday paper gossip columns are always fun to read. Mandrake in the Sunday Telegraph on 8 February was no exception. We were told Tony Blair will quit his job when Cherie reaches 50 on 23 September.

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Tony will choose this date to give us all a break because "by then he will have done ten years as party leader and will want to spend more time with his family". Cherie will then be able to concentrate on her own career and--who knows?--may become a high court judge, like their mate Lord Hutton. Apparently, this "deal" between Cherie and Tony supersedes anything that has been agreed between the Prime Minister and Gordon Brown.

If there had been a scintilla of truth in the story, the Telegraph would have run it on the front page. But it was completely wrong. That did not stop the Express from abandoning yet another house-price scare splash for "Blair to quit". …

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