Guardian Unlimited OnLine June 27 2007
Blair exits British politics as new era begins with
Tory defection June 27 2007
Outgoing PM to resign from parliament today - Brown engineers first victory over Cameron
Patrick Wintour, political editor
A new political order in Britain will take shape this afternoon when Tony Blair flies to his Sedgefield constituency to resign from parliament with immediate effect, and Gordon Brown enters No 10 to prepare a shakeup of government which will see at least six ministers quit the cabinet.
Mr Brown's allies said the new ministerial line-up would be deliberately inclusive, and not settle scores with Mr Blair's supporters.
Mr Blair had planned to keep the decision to quit as an MP secret until after his 318th and final prime minister's questions at noon today. But news leaked that his local party was being called to an extraordinary meeting to be addressed tonight by Mr Blair.
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Times OnLine June 27 2007
A Hollywood ending June 27 2007
Brown’s long and impatient 13-year wait to become PM ends today as Blair bows out of domestic politics Philip Webster, Poltical Editor
Gordon Brown’s long and impatient 13-year wait to become Prime Minister ends today as the man who has held him up for all that time bows out of domestic politics.
Mr Brown will take over from Tony Blair at the age of 56, boosted by the shock defection to Labour last night of the Conservative MP Quentin Davies.
Within hours Mr Blair will announce that he is leaving Parliament to take up a new post as an envoy to the Middle East.
Mr Davies, a pro-European Tory, left his party with a withering attack on David Cameron, telling him that under his leadership the Conservatives have ceased “to believe in anything, or to stand for anything”.
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Independent OnLine 'Indy' News June 27 2007
Gordon Brown answers your questions June 27 2007
Gordon Brown answers your questions
Was it wrong to invade Iraq?
Do you believe in God? Any chance of joining the euro?
What's really on your iPod?
Are you a Stalinist control freak?
Would you have cancelled the BAE inquiry?
Have you ever taken illegal drugs?
In an answer of one word, and with the benefit of hindsight, was it wrong to invade Iraq?
SIMON O'CONNOR, Liverpool
You were the one person who could have stopped Blair signing up to the invasion of Iraq, either by threatening to quit or publicly opposing it. How do you feel about putting your career ahead of the lives of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of British soldiers?
SARAH HILLS, Guildford
I don't doubt that you hold your views about the war sincerely. We know it has been a divisive issue for our party and our country, but I hope you'll accept that I hold my views sincerely too. There's no doubt that mistakes were made in our planning for what happened after the removal of Saddam, and I think it's important to learn the lessons and to go forward knowing that proper procedures are going to be in place that will command the confidence not just of Parliament but the confidence of the public. We will learn all the lessons that need to be learnt.
Do you ever wake in the night and think of all those dead Iraqi children?
ANN PHILLIPS, by email
Any such loss of life is a tragedy. As Prime Minister, I will work tirelessly for peace and security for all the children in Iraq, and for the safe return of our armed forces once their job is done.
After the nightmare of Iraq, will you promise not to join any American invasion of Iran?
CALLUM MACINTYRE, Aberdeen
There is no plan to attack Iran. We have always wanted to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear programme through diplomacy and negotiation. This means we must work through the UN and the EU as we have done each time Iran has failed to comply with the will of the international community. In turn Iran must take its responsibilities seriously and comply fully with the Security Council's resolutions.
How will life be different under a Brown government?
JOHN BROOKS, by email
I will let you answer that question in a year's time. I hope you'll say you feel safer on the streets and more prosperous, more confident in your local schools and hospitals, and you'll have a bit more trust in the political system. Generally, I hope you'll say you think the Government's on your side and listening to you.
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BBC OnLine News June 27 2007
Brown prepares to succeed Blair June 27 2007
Gordon Brown is set to become prime minister, bringing to an end Tony Blair's 10 years in power.
Mr Blair will see the Queen and leave office after his final prime minister's questions session in the Commons and saying farewell to Downing St staff.
Mr Brown is then expected to travel to meet the Queen, who will formally offer him the role in the early afternoon.
Mr Brown is expected to begin his Cabinet reshuffle by naming the next chancellor and home secretary.
Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, a close ally of Mr Brown, is widely tipped to become chancellor.
John Reid has also said he will step down as home secretary, leaving another Cabinet seat empty.
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BBC OnLine History June 27 2007
June 27 1991: Yugoslav troops move against Slovenia
Yugoslav tanks, troops and aircraft have swept into the small republic of Slovenia, 48 hours after it declared independence.
Federal forces moved to seize control of border crossing points with Italy, Austria and Hungary and launched an assault on the airport near the province's capital, Ljubljana.
More government tanks rolled into a town in neighbouring Croatia, which is also seeking independence. At least seven people have died and 100 have been reported injured in the clashes so far.
The Slovene administration has rejected a call by the Yugoslav prime minister for a three-month truce to allow negotiations to take place, demanding troops be withdrawn first.
Road access to the capital has been blocked by police and paramilitary forces from the self-declared state. The government in Ljubljana said they had seized or destroyed 15 tanks and shot down six helicopters.
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