Sunday, September 17, 2006

Miliband for Labour Leadership?

Would our MP agree to this?

A report in today's Mail on Sunday, by Simon Walters, suggests that Tony Blair is on an "anyone but Gordon" campaign, and is even prepared to push his protoge David Miliband further into the glare of the spotlights.

Cabinet sources have told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Blair sees Environment Secretary David Miliband, not Mr Johnson, as his ideal successor.

'Tony feels that Alan is good but has far too little experience to become Prime Minister,' said one source. 'He says he is a lightweight and too much of an unknown quantity. You cannot aspire to be Prime Minister unless you have been tested - and Alan hasn't.

Instead, the PM is ready to throw his weight behind the even less well known figure of Mr Miliband, who ran Mr Blair's Downing Street policy unit when Labour was elected in 1997.

Some of the unattributed quotes in Walters' piece are as follows;

"David is brilliant, much more personable than he seems, and knows how to revive New Labour. For all his common touch, I don't think Johnson could do that."

"David is bright enough to be Prime Minister but he is too much like a boffin. He is Labour's John Redwood."

These must be testing times for the South Shields MP, he has a solid track record for not "rocking the boat" and has never voted against the government in any divisions in the House, however, he has recently made it plain that he would like Gordon Brown to lead the party and has publicly stated that he is neither a runner nor a rider for either two of the top jobs in the Labour Party.

Now, how often in the past has a politician said he/she wasn't interested?


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