This from the Press Association:
"Tony Blair is set to announce that he is stepping down as Labour leader in the North East, triggering a contest that will see him quit as Prime Minister within weeks, Downing Street has confirmed.
Mr Blair will brief Cabinet colleagues on his intentions at their regular No 10 meeting, then fly to his Sedgefield constituency to make public his resignation notice. He will not make a statement as he leaves for his constituency, said his official spokesman.
The spokesman said: "There will be a Cabinet meeting. I don’t think that will be quite as long as usual. The Prime Minister will then go elsewhere to make an announcement and that will be all that happens. There will be nothing said in Downing Street."
I cannot immediately think of anything to add to ConservativeHome’s statement on the end of Blair from last September: Our deadliest political opponent leaves the stage.
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