Saturday 7 December 2019

Blair resignation U-turn sparked Downing St row

Gavin Cordon in London

GORDON Brown exploded with rage when Tony Blair backtracked on a pledge to stand down as British prime minister, it is claimed in a new book.

Mr Brown is said to have sworn at Mr Blair like a "belligerent teenager".

The allegation is contained in 'The End of the Party' by political journalist Andrew Rawnsley.

Claims in the book about Mr Brown's treatment of No 10 staff prompted angry denials by Downing Street.

The book says that during 2003 -- following the invasion of Iraq -- Mr Blair said he would resign after sinking into despair over bloodshed and chaos in that country.

However he changed his mind and with encouragement from his wife Cherie, decided to fight on.

The news was said to have stunned Mr Brown.

A member of the "inner circle" described seeing a meeting in No 10 between them, saying: "Gordon was just losing it. He was behaving like a belligerent teenager. Just standing in the office shouting, 'When are you going to f****** go?'"

Irish Independent

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