Blair’s Exit Date Set
Posted on May 10, 2007
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that he’ll be moving out of 10 Downing Street to make way for his successor on June 27. Blair revealed when he would step down and looked back on the highs and lows of his time in office in a speech to a group of Labour Party supporters in Sedgefield on Thursday.
On foreign policy, Mr. Blair acknowledged the terrorist “blow back” from the “bitterly controversial” invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and he urged Britain to stay the course in the fight against terror.
“I decided we should stand shoulder to shoulder with our oldest ally, and I did so out of belief,” he said of his decision to support America’s invasion of Iraq.
“I did what I thought was right for our country,” Mr. Blair said, summing up his record.
“And I came into office with high hopes for Britain’s future, and, you know, I leave it with even higher hopes for Britain’s future.”
AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth
That’s all, folks: The BBC reports that the Labour Party’s current favorite to replace Tony Blair, above, is Gordon Brown.