Matthew Dancona

Blair wanted to sack Brown

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Busted: that is the word that springs to mind reading this morning’s Independent on Sunday splash, which provides, for the first time, documentary evidence that Blair was hoping to move Brown from the Treasury after the 2005 election. Hope, of course, is the word, because as John Rentoul explains in his Sindy column, the weakened Blair was never going to get away with this plan: by 2005 he needed Brown’s imprimatur desperately. And so, here we are today, with Gordon about to become leader of the Labour Party in Manchester. Who will be his deputy?