Some Labor MPs call for Blair to step down

May 8, 2005 at 6:36 AM
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LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- Days after Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair led his Labor Party to a historic election victory, some party members are asking him to resign.

Among the Labor MPs wanting Blair to depart is former Health Secretary Frank Dobson, who called Blair an electoral "liability," and told GMTV's Sunday program Blair should step down sooner rather than later, the BBC reported.

"I don't think we can go into important local elections next year... with Tony Blair as leader and expect to keep many of the councilors we've got now," he said.

Although Blair led the party to a third-term victory, the Labor Party's victory in the House of Commons was cut from 161 to 67.

Several MPs said Blair would leave within the year or in 18 months.

A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment,except to repeat Blair's statement made in September that, if re-elected, he would serve a full third term.

"There has been no change," he said.

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